Julie Bowen has won the 2012 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series for her role as Claire Dunphy in the ABC sitcom "Modern Family," marking the actress' second win and third nomination.
The 42-year-old beat her co-star, Sofia Vergara, who plays her stepmother, as well as Mayim Bialik of "The Big Bang Theory," the late Kathryn Joosten of "Desperate Housewives," Merritt Wever of "Nurse Jackie" and Kristen Wiig of "Saturday Night Live."
"This is an embarrassment of riches. My job really amounts to me falling down and making faces while wearing lipstick and nipple covers," she joked during her speech, later thanking her co-stars and husband.
Bowen won an Emmy last year for her role on "Modern Family" and was also nominated the previous year. She plays the daughter of extended family patriarch Jay Pritchett, played by "Married With Children" actor Ed O'Neill, who also received an Emmy nod for his role this year. This year, co-star Eric Stonestreet took home the prize for Outstanding Supporting Actor In a Comedy Series for the second time.
Bowen, a native of Maryland, began her on-screen acting career in the early 1990s with small parts on shows such as "Class of '96," "Acapulco H.E.A.T." and "Party of Five." In 1996, she appeared in the Adam Sandler comedy movie "Happy Gilmore." Bowen played the recurring role of Roxanne Please on the medical drama series "ER" in 1998.
Throughout the next decade, the actress had recurring roles on the shows "Ed," "LOST," "Weeds" and "Boston Legal" before she was cast in "Modern Family." Bowen has also recently appeared in the films "Jumping The Broom," "Horrible Bosses," "Conception" and "Knife Fight."
"Modern Family" has been nominated 45 times since its 2009 debut. It won four awards this year, including Outstanding Comedy Series for the third year in a row.
The 2012 Emmy Awards ceremony was held at L.A. Live's Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 23 and aired on ABC. The event was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who also hosts the network's hit late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!."