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Claire Danes is famed for her crumpled cry face. As bipolar CIA agent Carrie Mathison on “Homeland” (9 p.m. Sundays on Showtime), she has a lot to cry about: terrorist attacks, job tensions, her unstable lover Brody.

But she’s not TV’s only famous crier. Lucille Ball was a primo wailer. Who deserves the crying crown?


Sample trigger: Confinement in a mental institution.
Cry face: Chin quivers and trembles, brow furrows, eyes bug out, mouth looks like it tasted spoiled milk.
Cry sounds: Henh, henh, henh.


Sample trigger: Lucy, who always wanted a mink coat, learns that best pal Ethel just got a fur.
Cry face: Eyes squint; mouth opens wide, turns down like the mask of tragedy. Bonus: stomps feet.
Cry sounds: AwwaAHHHH. Wah. Wah. Wah.

Assessment: Lucy’s cry sounds are superior, but Carrie’s cry face is killer. Personally, I prefer the less-crying-is-more style of “Homeland” actress Morena Baccarin as Jessica, wife of Brody. She emits a sublimely delicate sniffle cry when suicidal daughter Dana says she is no longer suicidal.