Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. is a Gynecologist, Director of the New York Menopause Center, Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Assistant Attending Obstetrician and Gynecologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She is a board certified fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Allen is also a member of the Faculty Advisory Board and the Women’s Health Director of The Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC). Dr. Allen was the recipient of the 2014 American Medical Women’s Association Presidential Award.

Women’s Voices for Change had a virtual pajama party last night as we watched the 63rd Prime Time Emmy Awards (televised live from the Nokia theater in LA on Fox TV and hosted by the incomparable Jane Lynch). Chris Lombardi, in addition to her wonderful writing, editing, and production duties, pulled everything together. We were joined by Alex Macaron, our resident film critic, and Maura Rhodes, our new full-time editor, along with other members of the WVFC community who rooted for their favorite actors and shows—and, of course, commented on the red carpet attire of the beautiful women of television.

The truth is, the other commentators in our group were more knowledgeable about the television series and movies being honored last night than I. My small screen viewing has been limited to the “The Big C,” to which I became addicted, “Mildred Pierce” and “Downton Abby.” So I mostly focused on the superficial. How did the red carpet clothes look on the women for whom this is a major night?

Julie Bowen, the winner of supporting actress for her hilarious turn as Claire Dunphy on “Modern Family,” wore a flattering dress but that girl needs to eat. She has bones everywhere. Intervention?

The famously curvaceous “Mad Men” star Christina Hendricks surely had a highly paid person to choose her dress and accessories. So why were her (I’m guessing) double D’s half visible and pushed up to her collarbones? Not a pretty sight. She has a voluptuous figure that would have been enhanced by the right dress. This was definitely not it.

Gyneth Paltrow, who is fit and pretty, wore a midriff baring outfit by Pucci that wrinkled unflatteringly and created the illusion of an unattractive muffin top.

Red dresses on the Red Carpet seemed to be a theme. Red is not an easy color to wear. Somehow the hips are widened, the abdomen rounded, and many red tones simply are not right for everyone. Kate Winslet, who won the best actress in a mini series for “Mildred Pierce,” did not look good in her red dress: It opened at the wrong angle in the chest so that her breasts were pushed out. The way “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara’s red dress draped around her hips accented them in an unattractive way. In contrast, Kathy Griffin, who has a great figure, wore her red dress beautifully and, not surprisingly, with attitude. Nina Dobrev was incredibly sexy in the perfect red dress.

Blue and black, however, served many of last night’s nominees and winners perfectly. Katie Holmes was elegant in blue, Paula Abdul was stunning in navy, Amy Poehler’s chic dress suited her perfectly. Laura Linney was authentic and stylish in a black knee-length cocktail dress with striking bell-shaped and slitted sleeves.

One of the highlights of the evening for me occurred as the nominees for best actress in a comedy series were announced. Rather than staying in her seat as her name was called, each fabulous actor took a place on the stage, mimicking the final round of a beauty pageant. The stunt was clearly the brainchild of the producers to inject some levity into the moment, but the result was stunning: Five superbly talented and hard-working actresses, all over 40, looking great and in their professional prime holding hands on stage at the Emmy Awards. It doesn’t get much better than that. The breakout winner: Melissa McCarthy, for “Mike and Molly.”

Other actresses in our demographic who were winners were Julianna Margulies for best actress in “The Good Wife,” Margo Martindale for supporting actress in the drama series “Justified” (Martindale is 60 and this was her first award), and the incomparable Maggie Smith for her supporting actress role in “Downton Abbey.” (Scroll down for a complete list of last night’s winners.)

All in all, it was a great night for women performers over 40. There is progress to be made in the areas of writing and directing, but we have come a long way since the television programs of the 20th century. This was a night to savor the advancement of women in television, the form of media that touches the lives of more Americans than any other, and we had a great time sharing our thoughts and opinions. We look forward to liveblogging the Oscars in February, and hope that you will put on your pajamas and join us then.


This year’s Emmy award winners:

Drama Series: “Mad Men,” (AMC)

Comedy Series: “Modern Family,” (ABC)

Actor, Drama Series: Kyle Chandler, “Friday Night Lights,” (DirecTV)

Actress, Drama Series: Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife,” (CBS)

Actor, Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory,” (CBS)

Actress, Comedy Series: Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly,” (CBS)

Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones,” (HBO)

Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Margo Martindale, “Justified,” (FX)

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Ty Burrell, “Modern Family,” (ABC)

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Julie Bowen, “Modern Family,” (ABC)

Miniseries/TV Movie: “Downton Abbey,” (PBS)

Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Barry Pepper, “The Kennedys,” (Starz)

Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Kate Winslet, “Mildred Pierce,” (HBO)

Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Guy Pearce, “Mildred Pierce,” (HBO)

Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey,” (PBS)

Directing for a Comedy Series: Michael Allen Spiller, “Modern Family,” (ABC)

Directing, Drama Series: Martin Scorsese, “Boardwalk Empire,” (HBO)

Directing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Brian Percival “Downtown Abbey,” (PBS)

Directing, Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Don Roy King, “SNL,” (NBC)

Variety, Music or Comedy Series: “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” (Comedy Central)

Reality Competition Program: “The Amazing Race,” (CBS)

Writing for Comedy Series: Steven Levitan, Jeffery Richmond, “Modern Family,” (ABC)

Writing, Drama Series: Jason Katims “Friday Night Lights,” (DirecTV)

Writing, Variety, Music or Comedy Series: “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” (Comedy Central)

Writing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Julian Fellowes “Downtown Abbey,” (PBS)


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