All My Children
“Erica Kane is probably the best role ever written for a woman.” Susan Lucci
Soap opera star Susan Lucci is most celebrated for playing Erica Kane on the daytime drama series “All My Children” (ABC, 1970-2011). Erica is considered to be the most popular character in soap opera history and for her good acting, Lucci picked up a Daytime Emmy Award in 1999 and numerous additional nominations for her performance, in addition to two Soap Opera Digest Awards, a People's Choice Award, a Made in NY Award and a Gracie Allen Award. Lucci also had recurring roles on “Dallas” (6 episodes, 1990-1991) and “Hot in Cleveland” (3 episodes, 2010-2011) and has starred in a number of television films, including “Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna” (1986) and “Ebbie” (1995).
On January 28, 2005, Lucci was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame thanks to her contribution to television. She is also an inductee of the Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
Lucci has her own line of perfume, hair care products, clothing, exercise accessories and skin care called The Susan Lucci Collection. She has been married to Austrian businessman Helmut Huber since 1969. She is the mother of two (Liza and Andreas) and the grandmother of three (from daughter “Passions” star Liza Huber's marriage to Alexander George Hesterberg III). She is the supporter of Little Flower Children's Services, an organization that helps find safe homes for abused children.
Childhood and Family:
Susan Victoria Lucci was born on December 23, 1947, in Scarsdale, New York, to an Italian father (Victor Lucci) and a Swedish mother (Jeanette). She has an older brother named Jimmy, who is a business management consultant. Susan attended Garden City High School in Garden City, New York. An honor student, she was sent to Norway as an exchange student. She was also a cheerleader in high school and a member of the drama club. She participated in many school productions, including “The King and I,” and was voted “Best Actor” by her classmates. After graduating in 1964, Susan studied musical theater at Marymount College. After earning her BA degree in 1968, she moved to New York City to pursue acting.
On September 13, 1969, Susan married Austrian Helmut Huber. The couple have two children, daughter Liza Huber (born February 22, 1975), who is also a soap starlet, and son Andreas Huber (born 1978), a banker.
Susan Lucci began her professional acting career in 1969 when she landed an unaccredited part in the film “Goodbye, Columbus.” She made her soap opera debut with a bit part in the CBS daytime drama “Love Is a Many Splendored Thing.”
Lucci's big breakthrough arrived in 1970 when she won the role of Erica Kane, a rebellious teen seeking love in all the wrong places, on the new soap opera “All My Children,” which debuted on ABC on January 5, 1970. Erica Kane went on to become one of the most popular characters on the daytime drama. Lucci has since become the only original cast member to appear on the show since its inception. After eight years on the show, Lucci received her first Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series, and continued to earn 17 more nominations before eventually winning the award in 1999. After her win, she earned more Daytime Emmy nominations in 2001 and 2002. She has also collected various other awards and nominations and won a 1988 Soap Opera Digest Award for Editor's Choice - Daytime, a 1993 Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Lead Actress and a 2003 Soapnet Diamond Award. A few of her nominations include Soap Opera Digest nominations for Favorite Couple, Best Love Story: Daytime or Prime Time, Favorite Super Couple: Daytime, and Outstanding Contribution by an Actor/Actress to the Form of Continuing Drama. In 2005, she was awarded a Made in NY Award in recognition of her 35 years of portraying “Erica Kane” on the series, which shoots in New York, and a Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Female Lead in a Daytime Drama.
While working on “All My Children's,” Lucci also appeared on primetime television, in films and on stage. In 1982, she made a cameo appearance in “Young Doctors in Love,” a comedy directed by Garry Marshall that starred Sean Young, Michael McKean, Harry Dean Stanton, Dabney Coleman and Patrick Macnee. She then portrayed Paula Hastings in an episode of the ABC sitcom “The Love Boat” called “Audition, The/The Groupies/Doc's Nephew” (1982) and Gina Edwards on an episode of “Fantasy Island” called “The Songwriter/Queen of the Soaps” (1983). She next costarred with Robert Urich and Joanna Cassidy in the Wes Craven directed TV film “Invitation to Hell” (ABC, 1984), playing Jessica Jones, and guest starred in the Lee Majors series “The Fall Guy” that same year. In 1986, Lucci starred as Antoinette Giancana in the NBC television movie “Mafia Princess,” which was based on crime boss Salavatore 'Sam' Giancana's daughter's autobiography, and Darya Romanoff in the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning TV film “Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna,” starring Amy Irving, Olivia de Havilland and Jan Niklas. She went on to portray Karen Beckett and Laurel Castle in the TV films “Haunted by Her Past” (NBC, 1987) and “Lady Mobster” (ABC, 1989), respectively.
From 1990 to 1991, Lucci had a recurring role on the nighttime soap opera “Dallas” (6 episodes). In 1990, she also starred as Rose D'Amore-Malloy, a Brooklyn shopkeeper involved with an artist who has a mysterious past, in the ABC television movie “The Bride in Black.” She was then asked to host an episode of “Saturday Night Live.” Next up for Lucci, she starred in a string of television films, including ABC's “The Woman Who Sinned” (1991, as Victoria Robinson), CBS' “Double Edge” (1992, with Robert Urich and Michael Woods), ABC's “Between Love and Hate” (1993, as Vivian Conrad), the ABC thriller “French Silk” (1994, as Claire Laurent), NBC's “Seduced and Betrayed” (1995, opposite David Charvet and Mary Ellen Trainor), Lifetime's “Ebbie” (1995, as Elizabeth 'Ebbie' Scrooge) and ABC's “Blood on Her Hands” (1998, with John O'Hurley and Lauren Collins). In 1999, she made her Broadway debut in “Annie Get Your Gun.”
In 2004, Lucci appeared as Jacqueline Karr on two episodes of the ABC comedy series “Hope & Faith” and in an episode of “Higglytown Heroes” titled “Weather or Not/Green in the Gills.” In 2005, she guest starred in an episode of the Disney Channel sitcom “That's So Raven.” In 2008, Lucci competed in the seventh season of ABC's reality show “Dancing with the Stars.” Partnered with Tony Dovolani, she was eliminated at week 7 on November 5, 2008. From 2010 to 2011, Lucci appeared as herself in three episodes of the TV Land sitcom “Hot in Cleveland.”
Despite protests from fans, the popular soap opera “All My Children” will stop airing in September 2011. ABC announced the series will be replaced with a reality show.
Gracie Allen: Gracie, Outstanding Female Lead in a Daytime Drama, “All My Children,” 2005
Made in NY (MINY): “All My Children,” 2005 (In recognition of her 35 years of playing Erica Kane on the series, which shoots in New York)
Soapnet Diamond Award: 2003
Daytime Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, “All My Children,” 1999
Women in Film: Lucy Award, 1994
Soap Opera Digest: Outstanding Lead Actress, “All My Children,” 1993
People's Choice: Favorite Female Performer in a Daytime Serial, 1992
Soap Opera Digest: Editor's Choice - Daytime, 1988