LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 12: 74th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: Sheryl Lee Ralph accepts the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series award for
Sheryl Lee Ralph took residence the Emmy for best supporting actress in a comedy series on the ceremony on Sept. 12, and the legendary actor introduced the home down together with her emotional acceptance speech. When the award was first introduced, Ralph stayed in her seat for a second, shocked. When she finally took the stage — helped by her castmates — she began to sing to track “Endangered Species” by Dianne Reeves. “I’m an endangered species,” she sang loudly and proudly. “But I sing no sufferer’s track. I’m a lady I’m an artist. And I do know the place my voice belongs.”

Ralph then spoke, saying, “To anybody who has ever, ever had a dream and thought that your dream wasn’t, would not, could not come true, I’m right here to inform you that that is what believing appears like. This is what striving appears like, and do not you ever, ever, quit on you.” Tearing up, she continued, “Because in the event you get a Quinta Brunson in your nook, in the event you get a husband like mine in my nook, in the event you get youngsters like mine in my nook, and in the event you’ve obtained associates like everyone who voted for me, cheered for me, liked me, thanks, thanks, thanks!” The room gave her a roaring standing ovation.

Ralph, who performs Barbara Howard on “Abbott Elementary,” had her first main function in the 1977 movie “A Piece of the Action.” In 1981, she originated the function of Deena Jones in “Dreamgirls” on Broadway. She has been a staple of movie and tv ever since. This is her first Emmy win.

When Emmy nominations had been introduced in July, Ralph’s son Etienne Maurice shared a video on Twitter of her reacting to the information. He wrote together with it, “With over 50 years of being in this factor we name showbusiness, at present my mom turned an Emmy nominated actress. I’m so happy with @thesherylralph. I’m so glad I might be right here in Jamaica with you for this second.”

“Abbott Elementary” scored seven Emmy nominations for its first season, together with one for excellent comedy sequence. Season two of the breakout sitcom premieres Sept. 21.

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