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Macon native Carrie Preston won the Emmy for Best Guest Actress in a Drama.

Preston was among the winners honored Sunday nightat the Creative Arts ceremony in Los Angeles, a precursor to next Sunday's Primetime Emmy Awards that honored technical achievements and a handful of other categories.

Preston was honored for her work as lawyer Elsbeth Tascioni on CBS's The Good Wife.

We spoke with Preston by phone at the airport on the way back from California. She says she was surprised when her name was called because she was up against big names like Jane Fonda, Diana Rigg, and Joan Cusack.

But before she was on TV, she got her start while growing up in Macon. Preston graduated from Central High School and did theater at the Macon Little Theater, and later at the Theater Macon downtown.

"She was someone who always wanted more," says teacher Jim Crisp. "and wanted to understand that role she was playing at the deepeset level she could. And she had that when she was 14, 15 years old."

While at school at Juilliard, Preston would come home to Macon in the summers, and performed in local plays Crisp was directing.

Although Preston has lived in New York for 23 years, she still considers herself a Maconite at heart. In 1998, she married fellow actor Michael Emerson on the stage at the Theater Macon. Her teacher, Jim Crisp, officiated.

Since then, teacher and student have kept in touch, but now, Crisp says, Preston has given him advice on teaching his new students in Macon.

The Creative Arts ceremony will air Saturday at 9 ET/PT on the new FXX cable network.

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