Who Is Susan Lucci?
Born on December 23, 1946, in Scarsdale, New York, Susan Lucci eventually landed the role of Erica Kane in the soap opera All My Children, which debuted in 1970. The ever-scandalous Kane became a huge character in daytime TV over the decades, and Lucci was nominated for an Emmy 19 times before winning in 1999. Lucci has also starred in TV films like Mafia Princess and Ebbie, as well as on Broadway.
Actress Susan Victoria Lucci was born on December 23, 1946, in Scarsdale, New York. The daughter of Victor and Jean Lucci, she grew up in Garden City, New York, with her older brother, James. A fan of television soap operas from childhood, Lucci enrolled in the drama program at Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York, after graduating high school.
'All My Children'
In 1969, the 21-year-old Lucci auditioned for and won the part of Erica Kane on the fledgling daytime soap opera All My Children. From 1970 onward, Lucci earned the adoration of her fans for her portrayal of Erica through several high-profile careers and numerous marriages. TV Guide has called Erica Kane "unequivocally the most famous soap opera character in the history of daytime TV."
Emmy Nominations and Long-Awaited Win
Lucci herself became famous for her string of Daytime Emmy Award nominations: every year from 1981-93 and 1995-98, she earned a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for All My Children. Her unbroken streak—zero wins out of 18 nominations—made Lucci notorious in the entertainment world and beyond.
On May 21, 1999, the curse was finally lifted, as Lucci took home the award after her 19th nomination. In addition to her long-awaited Emmy triumph, Lucci collected an American Academy of Achievement Award in June of 1991, a 1992 People's Choice Award and a 1993 Soap Opera Digest Award.
Lucci said goodbye to her legendary character in 2011 when All My Children was cancelled. By this time, she had portrayed Erica Kane for more than four decades. Lucci gave her fans an inside look on her many years of soap stardom around this time with the publication of her memoir All My Life.
In addition to her tempestuous onscreen life as Erica Kane, Lucci appeared briefly in the 1982 feature film Young Doctors in Love and on the prime-time drama series Dallas during the 1990-91 season. She also starred in a number of equally melodramatic television movies, including Mafia Princess (1986), Lady Mobster (1988), French Silk (1994), Seduced and Betrayed (1995) and Blood on Her Hands (1998).
In 1995, she played a female Scrooge in Ebbie, a humorous television version of the classic A Christmas Carol, and in late 1999, she turned in a stint as Annie Oakley on Broadway in the musical Annie Get Your Gun, filling in for star Bernadette Peters.
Since the cancellation of All My Children in 2011, Lucci has tackled a variety of television projects. She appeared on the sitcom Hot in Cleveland, with Betty White and Valerie Bertinelli, and on the popular drama Army Wives. In the fall of 2013, Lucci debuted in her new television show Devious Maids. She went on to appear in Joy (2015), with Jennifer Lawrence, and contributed voice work to the animated Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018).
Lucci is active in her support of Little Flowers Children's Services of New York, a child-care agency providing foster care and adoption. In 2000, she was chosen as the celebrity spokesperson for the March of Dimes' National Ambassador Campaign. She also launched her own collection of beauty products, the Susan Lucci Collection, in 1991, and introduced her own fragrance, La Lucci, in 1999.
Lucci lives in Garden City, New York, with her husband and manager, Helmut Huber. The couple married in 1969 and have two children, Liza, an actress who debuted on the soap opera Passions in 1999, and Andreas.
The actress endured a scare when she was discovered to have 90 percent blockage in her heart's main artery in the fall of 2018, prompting an emergency procedure.
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