Laura Linney, The Big C
Playing a woman with terminal cancer – on a comedy series – is a daunting acting proposition, but Emmy winner Linney, as The Big C's Cathy Jamison, embraces life while dying. Forget the usual New Age approach to illness. Cathy buys a sports car, takes up smoking and only consumes desserts and liquor. Her take-no-prisoners approach to fixing her marriage and her relationship with her son isn't just every woman's fantasy; it's Cathy's only choice. With each new episode, Linney reminds us that Cathy is dying, but makes us hopeful for a cure.