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Susan Lucci

Susan Lucci
Lucci at The Heart Truth in 2009
Born Susan Victoria Lucci
(1946-12-23) December 23, 1946
Scarsdale, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actress, television host, singer, entrepreneur, author
Years active 1969–present
Spouse(s) Helmut Huber (1969–present)
Children Liza Huber
Andreas Huber
Awards Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress (1999)
Website .com.susanlucciwww

Susan Victoria Lucci (born December 23, 1946) is an American actress, television host, author, singer, and entrepreneur, best known for portraying Erica Kane on the ABC daytime drama All My Children. The character is considered an icon,[1][2][3][4] and Lucci has been called "Daytime's Leading Lady" by TV Guide, with The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times citing her as the highest-paid actor in daytime television.[5][6] As early as 1991, her salary had been reported as over $1 million a year.[5][6]

In 1996, TV Guide ranked Lucci number 37 on its 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time list.[7] In 2005, she received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2006. She was named one of VH1's 200 Top Icons of All-Time and one of Barbara Walters's Ten Most Fascinating People.[8] She has also played roles in made-for-TV movies, hosted many shows and guest starred on television comedy series, including Saturday Night Live and Hot in Cleveland. She also has her own line of hair care products, perfumes, lingerie and skin care, called The Susan Lucci Collection. As of 2012, Lucci hosted Deadly Affairs, and currently stars as Genevieve Delatour in the Lifetime television series Devious Maids.[9][10][11]

In 2015, Lucci was inducted as a Disney Legend.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • All My Children 2.1
    • Primetime television, stage, hosting and film 2.2
      • Dancing with the Stars 2.2.1
  • Personal life 3
    • Family 3.1
    • Autobiography 3.2
  • Filmography 4
  • Awards, honors and nominations 5
  • Notes 6
  • References 7
  • Further reading 8
  • External links 9

Early life

Susan Lucci was born in Scarsdale, New York, to parents Jeanette (Granquist) and Victor Lucci. Her father is of Italian ancestry, and her mother is of Swedish, French, and German descent.[12][13] She attended Garden City High School in Garden City, New York, graduating in 1964. She then attended Marymount College and graduated with a BA degree in drama in 1968.[14]


All My Children

Susan Lucci featured in a Riunite commercial in 1977.

Lucci is best known for appearing as Erica Kane on the ABC television soap opera All My Children, from January 16, 1970 to September 23, 2011.

Lucci was nominated for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy for her work on All My Children almost every year since 1978. When Lucci did not win the award after several consecutive nominations, her image in the media began to be lampooned, as she became notoriously synonymous with never winning an Emmy. NBC's Saturday Night Live exploited this by asking her to host an episode, where her monologue parodied the cast, crew, and even stagehands carrying Emmys of their own in her presence. In addition, she appeared in a 1989 television commercial for the sugar substitute Sweet One, intended to portray her as the opposite of her villainess character, yet throwing one of Erica Kane's characteristic tantrums, shouting, "11 years without an Emmy! What does a person have to do around here to get an Emmy?"

After 18 failed nominations, she finally won in 1999.[15][16] When presenter Shemar Moore announced Lucci's name, stating "the streak is over," the audience erupted in a standing ovation, lasting several minutes. As Lucci took to the stage, cameras caught All My Children co-stars Kelly Ripa and Marcy Walker weeping openly, along with long-time supporter, actress and television host Rosie O'Donnell. Actor Ingo Rademacher was seen bowing in the aisles and talk show host Oprah Winfrey rushing the stage cheering from the wings.

When ABC cancelled All My Children on April 14, 2011, after 41 years on the air,[17] Lucci said in an interview: "It's been a fantastic journey. I've loved playing Erica Kane and working with Agnes Nixon and all the incredible people involved with All My Children. I'm looking forward to all kinds of new and exciting opportunities."[17] Lucci publicly criticized ABC Daytime president Brian Frons over the cancellation of All My Children in the epilogue of her upcoming book called All My Life.[18]

Primetime television, stage, hosting and film

Lucci at the 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards

Lucci has appeared in a number of television shows and Darya Romanoff in the Golden Globe– and Emmy Award–winning TV movie Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna. In 1990–1991, she began a series of guest spots on the nighttime soap opera Dallas. She hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live in October of that year; in one skit, she appeared as Erica Kane competing on a game show.[19]

In 1995, Lucci appeared in the Lifetime television film Ebbie. This film was an updated version of A Christmas Carol. Lucci played a Scrooge-like department store owner visited by Marley and the three ghosts on Christmas. In 2004, she appeared as a guest star in two episodes of the ABC comedy series Hope & Faith.

In 1999, she played in the revival of Irving Berlin's musical Annie Get Your Gun. Michael Logan of TV Guide said, "Susan Lucci didn't just take Great White Way by storm: she took it by tornado, hurricane and tsunami, too."[20]

Since the summer of 2010, Lucci has appeared as herself, the arch rival of Wendie Malick's character, Victoria Chase, in the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland five times, including the February 1, 2012 episode entitled Life with Lucci.[21]

She appeared in Gloria Estefan's music video "Hotel Nacional" in February 2012.[22] She guest starred in multi-episodes of the sixth season of Lifetime drama series Army Wives.[23][24]

Lucci hosted and narrated Deadly Affairs, a prime-time series airing on Investigation Discovery as of 2012.[25] On November 15, 2012 Lucci appeared on The Colbert Report in a segment reflecting the soap-opera-like nature of the Petraeus scandal.

In 2013, Lucci began starring as Geneviève Delatour in the Lifetime comedy-drama series Devious Maids created by Marc Cherry.[26][27][28]

Dancing with the Stars

Lucci competed in Season 7 of Dancing with the Stars with dance partner Tony Dovolani. Lucci said that Dancing had asked her to appear before, but she had turned it down, in part, because of the travel it would have required of her (at the time Dancing taped in Los Angeles while All My Children taped in New York). Lucci later changed her mind, in part, because of the experience of fellow All My Children star Cameron Mathison, who finished fifth in season 5.[29] She was voted off the show on November 5, 2008, finishing sixth in the competition.

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1A Cha-Cha-Cha/ "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" 5 5 5 Safe
1B Quickstep/ "Bei Mir Bist Du Schon" 7 7 8 Safe
2 Rumba/ "Waiting on the World to Change" 7 7 7 Safe
3 Jive/ "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" 7 7 7 Safe
4 Tango/ "La Bohemia" 8 8 8 Safe
5 Hustle/ "Upside Down" 7 7 8 Bottom 2
6 Mambo/ "Si Señor!..." 8 8 7 Bottom 2
7 Paso Doble/"The Ride" 8 8 8 Eliminated
7 Cha Cha/ "Mercy" 6 7 7 Eliminated

Personal life

Lucci in October 2013

Lucci's father, Victor, was a first-generation American.[30]


Lucci has been married since September 13, 1969 to Austrian businessman Helmut Huber. They are the parents of soap opera actress Liza Huber (born February 22, 1975) and Andreas Huber, an aspiring professional golfer. She became a grandmother when her daughter, Liza, gave birth on December 23, 2006 – Lucci's 60th birthday. The baby was named Royce Alexander.[31] Liza gave birth to Lucci's second grandchild, Brendan, on August 16, 2008; her third grandchild, Hayden Victoria on March 23, 2011; and her fourth grandchild, Mason Alexander on February 6, 2013.


On July 28, 2010 HarperCollins announced that they would be publishing Lucci's autobiography in April 2011. The book was acquired by Lisa Sharkey, Director of Creative Development at HarperCollins.[32]


Year Title Role Notes
1969 Goodbye, Columbus Wedding Guest Uncredited
1969 Love Is a Many Splendored Thing Bit role Uncredited
1969 Me, Natalie Cheerleader
1970–2011 All My Children Erica Kane
Jane Campbell
Lead role
1982 The Love Boat Paula Hastings Episode: "The Groupies/The Audition/Doc's Nephew"
1982 Young Doctors in Love Cameo
1983 Fantasy Island Gina Edwards Episode: "The Songwriter/Queen of the Soaps"
1984 Invitation to Hell Jessica Jones
1984 The Fall Guy Veronica Remy Episode: "Stranger Than Fiction"
1986 Mafia Princess Antoinette Giancana
1986 Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna Darya Romanoff
1987 Haunted by Her Past Karen Beckett
1988 Lady Mobster Laurel Castle
1990 The Bride in Black Rose D'Amore-Malloy
1990 Saturday Night Live Herself – Host/Various Episode: "Susan Lucci/Hothouse Flowers"
1990–91 Dallas Hillary Taylor/Faux Sheila Foley Special guest star, 6 episodes
1991 The Woman Who Sinned Victoria Robeson
1992 Double Edge Maggie Dutton/Carmen Moore
1993 Between Love and Hate Vivian Conrad
1994 French Silk Claire Laurent
1995 Ebbie Elizabeth 'Ebbie' Scrooge
1995 Seduced and Betrayed Victoria Landers
1998 Blood on Her Hands Isabelle Collins
2003 Intimate Portrait: Susan Lucci Herself Documentary
2004 Hope & Faith Jacqueline Karr Episodes: "Daytime Emmys: Part 1" and "Daytime Emmys: Part 2"
2005 That's So Raven Miss Charlotte Romano Episode: "The Big Buzz"
2010–14[33] Hot in Cleveland Susan Lucci Special guest star, 5 episodes[34]
2012 Army Wives Audrey Whitaker 3 episodes
2012–present Deadly Affairs Herself – Host Documentary series
2013–present Devious Maids Genevieve Delatour Series regular

Awards, honors and nominations

Daytime Emmy Awards
Year Category Work Result Ref
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
All My Children
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Won
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Gracie Allen Awards
Year Category Work Result Ref
Outstanding Female Lead in a Daytime Drama
All My Children
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Year Award Work Result Ref
Star on the Walk of Fame, Television
Made in New York Awards
Year Category Work Result Ref
All My Children
New York Women in Film & Television
Year Category Work Result Ref
Muse Award
People's Choice Awards
Year Category Work Result Ref
Favorite Female Performer in a Daytime Serial
All My Children
Soap Opera Digest Awards
Year Category Work Result Ref
Outstanding Contribution by an Actor/Actress to the Form of Continuing Drama who is currently on a Daytime Serial
All My Children
Editor's Choice – Daytime Won
Favorite Super Couple: Daytime (shared with Larkin Malloy) Nominated
Best Love Story: Daytime or Prime Time (shared with Walt Willey) Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress Won
Soapnet Diamond Award Won
Favorite Couple (shared with Walt Willey) Nominated
Women in Film
Year Category Work Result Ref
Lucy Award
Ride of Fame Award
Year Category Work Result Ref
Walk of Fame Won


  1. ^ In recognition of her 35 years of playing "Erica Kane" on All My Children, which shoots in New York.


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Further reading

  • Siegel, Barbara, and Scott Siegel. 1986. Susan Lucci. New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-77963-1.
  • Lucci, Susan. 2011. All My Life: A Memoir. ISBN 0-06-206184-4.

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