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The biggest Emmy Awards history makers and record breakers of all time

In 2013, Netflix original series "House of Cards" made Emmy history when it it's the first online series to ever be nominated in a major category at the Primetime Emmy Awards. In addition to a nomination for Outstanding Drama Series, the political thriller nabbed eight more nods, including lead acting bids for stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.

Betty White at TV Land Legends, July 2014
Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for TV Land

The show ultimately won three awards that year, ultimately hanging the way we look at the Emmys forever. A we get ready for this year’s Emmy Awards season to roll around, here’s a look back at some other Emmy history makers and record breakers.

The young and the restless

You'd have to go back to 1984 to find the youngest Primetime Emmy winner of all time. That would be Roxana Zal, who made history when she won an Emmy Award at age 14 for her role in the TV movie “Something About Amelia.”

But the teen actress's win for the controversial ABC Monday Night Movie is a rarity. According to the Hollywood Reporter, kids are generally snubbed at the Emmys, and while Zal won for the TV movie, the Television Academy has never doled out an Emmy statuette to an under-18 actor for work on an actual TV series. In fact, few minors have ever been nominated, not even any of those precocious “Modern Family” kids.

Ageless Emmy winners

That brings us to the oldest Emmy winner in history. That'd be Betty White, who nabbed an Emmy in 2010 for her guest-hosting stint on “Saturday Night Live.” And while White was 88 years old at the time, she's may not be done with the Emmys just yet. In fact, the comedic legend is in the running again this year for her work on “Betty White’ Off Their Rockers.”

Of course, Emmy noms (and wins) are old hat for Betty. The actress nabbed her first Emmy nomination way back in 1951 when she was nominated in the Best Actress category for the comedy series “Life With Elizabeth.” Since then, she has taken home seven Emmys, with more than 60 years between her first and most recent nominations. That's gotta be some kind of record!

Nine Emmys and counting

There's something about Mary... or “Mary Tyler More Show” alums, anyway. While two of Betty White's Emmy wins were for her work as Sue Ann Nivens on the iconic '70s sitcom, her co-star on the series, Cloris Leachman, is the record holder for the most Emmys of all time. Leachman has received 21 nominations and a total of nine wins, including two Emmy Awards for her portrayal of "MTM" character Phyllis Lindstrom. (Her most recent win was in 2006 for her guest-starring role as Ida on “Malcom in the Middle.”)

Of her record-holding place in Emmy history, Leachman told the Huffington Post, "Oh, I am so proud of it. You know, I hate it, each year when these come around because it's like you're going to lose it, of course."

Lights, camera, Emmy action!

You may not know his name, or even his face, but you definitely know his work. The person to get the most Emmy nominations in history is Hector Ramirez. The crafty camera operator has been nominated a whopping 71 times, capturing everything from Richard Nixon's post-Watergate tears to the very first MTV Video Music Awards show. He's also worked on classic sitcoms like “All in the Family” and “Good Times” and came up with the Emmy winning “steadicam” for “Dancing With the Stars.”

Ramirez told The Wrap that he likens his lens work to that of an artist: "The ability to recreate physically what the directors see in their heads. That ability to bring to the director his vision, my vision. I think of it like being a painter," he said.

The biggest loser

And check out the Susan Lucci of sitcoms. The TV show “Newhart,” Bob Newhart's 1980s series about a Vermont innkeeper's antics, has the distinction of being the biggest loser in Emmy history. According to the Los Angeles Times, the show may have been a hit, but it wasn't a hit with academy voters: "Newhart" was nominated 25 times during its eight-season run on CBS but won zero Emmys. Not even Larry, Darryl, and Darryl could pull this show out if its Emmy slump.

And that's a record no one wants to break.

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