In 1965, America had heard plenty about Broadway's hottest new star, Barbra Streisand. TV viewers got their chance to see her perform when the 23-year-old ingénue appeared in her first tube special, My Name Is Barbra, which went on to win five Emmys. The ''Funny Girl'' lived up to her title when she appeared at the awards podium, giggling and joking about a run in her stocking. ''This is too fantastic!'' she gushed. ''When I was a kid I mean a younger kid my favorite shows were the Oscars and the Emmys. I didn't care who won then, just how she looked, how he looked...was he drunk? Television is a marvelous business.''
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From an astounding 1981 best drama win by ''Hill Street Blues'' to Ellen DeGeneres' Björk-inspired swan ensemble and an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink rendition of a Boss hit, the Emmy Awards ceremony has always been full of surprises. Here are the most head-turning happenings in its history.