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Zendaya is youngest to win Emmy for best actress in a drama series


Source: Thesouthafrican.com/Alicia Naidoo


American singer and actress Zendaya Coleman made history at the virtual 72nd Emmy award ceremony on Sunday 20 September by becoming the youngest winner for Best Lead Actress in Drama.

What’s more, she is also the only black woman to take this Emmy.

Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman, best-known for her role in the Disney Channel series Shake It Up, is 24.


Zendaya was teary-eyed with joy when she found out she had won. She gathered friends and family to celebrate as she delivered her “virtual” acceptance speech.


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This is what history looks like. Congratulations, @zendaya! #Emmys

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The first black woman to win Outstanding Lead Actress in Drama was Viola Davis in 2015. The Television Academy gave her the accolade for her phenomenal performance as Annalise Keating in How to Get Away With Murder.

Davis sent out a congratulatory tweet for the winners, #BettingOnBlack and celebrating excellence.

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