Public Meltdowns and Profane Dames: 20 Off-the-Hook Emmy Moments

The unforgettable highs, lows and straight-up WTF occurrences that have happened on the TV awards show's broadcasts

An Imposter Steals A Statuette (1985)

Nicknamed "The Great Imposter," serial fame-seeking prankster Barry Bremen crashed the stage when Hill Street Blues star Betty Thomas was announced as the winner of Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, accepting the award on her behalf from stunned presenter Peter Graves even though she was indeed in the audience. (You can see him give his speech at the 7:50 mark here.) Bremen was later arrested and fined for theft, and Thomas was allowed to make her speech after a commercial break. Nice try, guy.

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