Scott Lay

Alum Wins Emmy Posthumously

by | Dec 19, 2023 | Alumni Achievers

Sonya Eddy ’94 won a posthumous Daytime Emmy Award, nearly one year after her death. She was honored Dec. 15 with the Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Daytime Drama Series for her work on General Hospital.

Eddy’s producing partner and friend, Tyler Ford, was on hand to accept the honor.  

At UC Davis where she was originally a psychology student, she took a “History of Black Theatre” course, which led her to audition for the Department of Theatre and Dance production of Zora Is My Name! She would make her stage debut in the play and would go on to appear in the UC Davis productions of Into the Woods as The Witch, Peer Gynt as Troll Queen, Pericles as The Bawd, and in the ensemble of The Birds

She moved to Los Angeles and appeared in such sitcoms as Married… with Children, The Drew Carey Show, Murphy Brown, Seinfeld and Home Improvement. From 2004 to 2005, she had a recurring role on Joan of Arcadia

Eddy perhaps was best known for playing head nurse Epiphany Johnson on General Hospital. She was a regular on the ABC soap opera from 2006 until her death. A tribute episode aired in March.

According to People Magazine, she died in December 2022 after experiencing complications from a nonemergency surgery.