When actress Tracey E. Bregman appeared on CBS chat show THE TALK, it was to celebrate her 40th anniversary playing Lauren Fenmore on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. But they also had a little bit of a surprise for her to make the occasion extra special!
“Originally it was supposed to be just a summer job,” Bregman recalled. “So I came on for a couple of months and I was working with Beth Maitland (Traci) who, I was playing her best friend at the time. It was just Lauren, no last name. And we were doing a scene in the coffee house and I was exiting the scene and I looked back at her. Now, you have to understand, Beth’s one of my best friends in real life. So there was something in that look that [Y&R creator] Bill Bell saw and he said, “Oh. That’s Lauren Femore, the mean girl. And that’s how the mean girl was born!”
After more reminiscing about Lauren’s dramatic history in Genoa City — and her wild ‘80s hairstyles — THE TALK shifted gears, reminding viewers of Bregman’s 1985 Daytime Emmy Award win in the newly-created Outstanding Ingenue in a Drama Series (later called Outstanding Younger Actress and now Outstanding Younger Performer). Unfortunately, when Bregman lost her home in the 2018 California wildfires, her trophy was damaged beyond repair.
Cue the Y&R theme music as Bregman’s TV hubby, Christian LeBlanc (Michael), entered the studio with a large box topped with a golden ribbon. “I would like to present this, an Emmy for Outstanding Ingenue in a Daytime Drama Series,” he announced. “But this time, it’s from the people who love and respect you and cherish you. Your CBS, your Y&R family. And I am so honored to be able to give this to you.”
Moved to tears, Bregman kissed her co-star and friend before opening the box and pulling out a shiny new Emmy trophy. “I am so overwhelmed to have this,” she admitted as THE TALK then brought out a beautiful cake to help celebrate the actress’ 40th anniversary.
When LeBlanc shared the picture of her with the hosts of THE TALK on his Instagram, Bregman commented: “Best surprise ever! Thank you for being there and being the one to give it to me. I love you!” And naturally, LeBlanc couldn’t resist also sharing a selfie from the set after the taping finished, even if the guest of honor was way in the background!
So please join us in congratulating Bregman on 40 years of playing Lauren, and getting a replacement for the Daytime Emmy trophy she lost!