Best Performance in a Supporting Role

Connie Schultz

When Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz’s husband, Sherrod Brown, decided to run for the U.S. Senate, Schultz found herself in an unfamiliar place: Instead of screaming her own viewpoint on the pages of The Plain Dealer, she was packing her hubby’s lunch and being introduced as “his lovely wife.” But Schultz managed to strike a cool balance between firebrand and wife — using her voice to promote the Sherrod for Senate positions she supported, and quietly slinking into the background whenever she could get away with it. And give her credit: She turned it into a nice little business opportunity, penning . . . And His Lovely Wife: A Memoir from the Woman Beside the Man, which chronicles her time on the campaign trail.