BY: Sandy Cohen
LOS ANGELES – Jon Stewart once joked that he would use his Emmy statuette to prop up the sinking foundation of his house.
Most Emmy winners, though, tend to keep their trophies in a special place indoors.
As nominees gear up for Sunday’s 62nd annual ceremony, a look at where past winners keep their coveted hardware:
• Four-time winner Helen Mirren (‘Prime Suspect’ in 1995 and 2006; ‘The Passion of Ayn Rand’ in 1999 and ‘Elizabeth I’ in 2005): “I’ve got one in England and I’ve got one here (in the United States), and I guess … I don’t know where it is.
“The one that I have here is, actually, in my office in New York. But the one in England — I think it’s in my living room. I can’t remember.”
• Jennifer Aniston, who won in 2002 for ‘Friends‘: She had kept that Emmy and another award on a shelf in her office. “I thought, ‘How do I make good use of them?’ So, they’re bookends.”
• Bette Midler, whose Emmys include a 1992 trophy for outstanding individual performance on the penultimate airing of ‘The Tonight Show‘ starring Johnny Carson: “My three Emmys are in the city, in New York, in my home. I don’t display them. I just have them in a cupboard somewhere. I’m very proud of them. But the thing that I’m most proud of is my Johnny Carson. I have a photograph of me and Johnny Carson, the last night. And that’s the only thing I display.”
• Wayne Brady, who won an Emmy in 2003 for ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?‘: “I keep it downstairs in my library. And I keep it there because I visit my books all the time, because I’m an avid reader. … I know that some people will give you the modest, ‘I use it as a doorstop.’ No, I earned that!”
• Holland Taylor, who won in 1999 as outstanding supporting actress on ‘The Practice‘: “Well, at one time, I, with great arrogance, actually did use it as a doorstop. And somebody said, ‘Holland, that’s disgusting.’ And I suddenly saw that it was. … So, it now is on a little shelf with family pictures in my bedroom.”
• Shohreh Aghdashloo, who won for supporting actress in a miniseries or movie for ‘House of Saddam‘ in 2008: “My Emmy keeps moving. At first it was in my studio, where I work. Then people told me, ‘You should bring it to the living room, where people can come and see it and touch it and hug it. Don’t be so selfish.’ So I took it there. Then a friend of mine came and said, ‘No. No. No. Keep it in your bedroom, so when you wake up, you’ll see it and realize how much you have achieved. So, the Emmy keeps moving all the time, and I let people touch it, hug it and feel it.”
• Matthew Weiner, who has won four Emmys as executive producer and writer of ‘Mad Men‘ (in 2008 and 2009) and two for ‘The Sopranos‘: “I keep them on top of the piano in the living room, and then, if we have a party, I hide them.” Why? “I don’t know. It’s kind of ostentatious at a certain point.” But he adds, “I don’t hide them out of shame.”
• Janie Bryant, who won an outstanding costume design Emmy in 2009 for ‘Mad Men‘: “Well, it’s very high on a shelf in my living room. And it has a few cobwebs, I’m sure. I guess I need to dust it off once in a while.”
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