Chicago stage veteran Ann Dowd wins Emmy for ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

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Ann Dowd arrives Sunday at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Ann Dowd, who rose from the stages of Chicago to achieve a rare double nomination at this year’s Prime Time Emmy Awards, won the award for best supporting actress in a drama series during Sunday’s ceremony.

Dowd was honored for her work on Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” as Aunt Lydia, who taught women to bear children for infertile couples in the series’ dystopic world.

“I’ve been acting for a long time,” she said in an emotional acceptance speech. “That this should happen now — I don’t know the words.”

Dowd graduated from the Theatre School at DePaul University in 1982 and appeared at plays at Court Theatre (“Uncle Vanya,” “The Glass Menagerie”), Next Theatre (“House of Blue Leaves,” “The Normal Heart”) and other Chicago companies throughout the ’80s.

Dowd also had been nominated for guest actress in a drama series for her performance on “The Leftovers” but lost last week to another “Handmaid’s Tale” co-star, Alexis Bledel.

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