Perlman finished up her thank-you speech by expressing love for her husband, actor Danny De Vito, who previously had won an Emmy as the taxi cab operator Louie on "Taxi." "I got two; you only got one!" she said with a giggle.
John Larroquette, who plays Assistant Dist. Atty. Dan Fielding on NBC's "Night Court," was named best supporting actor in a comedy. He gazed affectionately at the golden statuette and told the audience, "I've always been fond of short women."
Despite being named best miniseries, public television's "The Jewel in the Crown" did not receive any other Emmys.
Award for Richard Crenna
Richard Crenna was named best actor in a limited series or special for "The Rape of Richard Beck," a TV movie for ABC in which he played a police officer whose attitudes about rape change dramatically after he is sexually attacked.
Kim Stanley won as best supporting actress in a limited series or special for her performance as Big Mama in PBS's "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," while the award for best supporting actor in that area went to Karl Malden for "Fatal Vision."
"Garfield in the Rough" was named best animated program.
In the variety categories, actor George Hearn and director Terry Hughes were honored for the TV production of the Broadway musical "Sweeney Todd," and "Late Night With David Letterman" won for best writing.
The Emmy for costume design went to Travilla for "Dallas," and John Addison got one for his music composition for "Murder, She Wrote."
The TV academy also paid tribute Sunday to Alistair Cooke, the urbane host of public television's long-running "Masterpiece Theatre" series. A distinguished journalist and broadcaster who has won five other Emmys, Cooke was cited for having brought his audience "a better understanding of the classics."