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

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Patty Duke's Public Meltdown (1970)

The first-ever trophy for Best Actress in a Made-for-TV Movie went to the former child star, for My Sweet Charlie. The then-23-year-old seemed out of it from the minute she walked onstage, looking glassy-eyed and disconnected as she spoke. Seen staring off into space and moving robotically, the press speculated the next day that she was on drugs. But it was later revealed that she was in the midst of a severe mental breakdown and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

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