Lucci at The Heart Truth in 2009.
|Born||Susan Victoria Lucci
December 23, 1946
Scarsdale, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, television host, entrepreneur, author|
|Spouse(s)||Helmut Huber (September 13, 1969–present)|
|Awards||Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress (1999)|
Susan Victoria Lucci (born December 23, 1946) is an American actress, television host, author and entrepreneur, best known for portraying Erica Kane on the ABC daytime drama All My Children. The character is considered an icon, and Lucci has been called "Daytime's Leading Lady" by TV Guide, with New York Times and Los Angeles Times citing her as the highest-paid actor in daytime television. As early as 1991, her salary had been reported as over $1 million a year.
In 1996, TV Guide ranked Lucci number 37 on its 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time list. 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. 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 she hosted Deadly Affairs, and currently stars as Genevieve Delacourt in the upcoming Lifetime television series Devious Maids.
Susan Lucci was born in Scarsdale, New York, to parents Jeanette and Victor Lucci. Her father is of Italian ancestry, and her mother is of French and Swedish descent. 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.
All My Children
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. 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 canceled All My Children on April 14, 2011, after 41 years on the air, 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." 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.
Primetime television, stage, hosting and film
Lucci has appeared in a number of television shows and television movies. In 1982, she appeared in a cameo appearance in the comedy film Young Doctors in Love. In 1986, she played the role of 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.
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."
In summer 2010, she appeared as herself in the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland. In February 2011 and 2012, Lucci re-appeared on the television series Hot in Cleveland playing Susan Lucci, the arch rival of Wendie Malick's character. She returned to the show in an episode Life with Lucci at February 1, 2012.
Lucci hosted and narrate Deadly Affairs, a prime-time series airing on Investigation Discovery as of 2012. On November 15th 2012 Lucci appeared on The Colbert Report in a segment reflecting the Soap Opera-like nature of the Petraeus scandal.
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. She was voted off the show on November 5, 2008, finishing sixth in the competition.
|Week #||Dance/Song||Judges' score||Result|
|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"[disambiguation needed]||6||7||7||Eliminated|
Lucci has been married since September 13, 1969 to Austrian businessman Helmut Huber. They are the parents of soap opera actress Liza Huber (b. 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. 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.
|1969||Goodbye, Columbus||Wedding Guest||Uncredited|
|1969||Love Is a Many Splendored Thing||Bit role||Uncredited|
|1970–2011||All My Children||Erica Kane
|1982||The Love Boat||Paula Hastings||1 episode|
|Young Doctors in Love||Cameo||Goes With Doctor Hall. Who Got Two Twins|
|1983||Fantasy Island||Gina Edwards||1 episode|
|1984||Invitation to Hell||Jessica Jones|
|1984||The Fall Guy||Veronica Remy|
|1986||Mafia Princess||Antoinette Giancana|
|1986||Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna||Darya Romanoff|
|1987||Haunted by Her Past||Karen Beckett||aka Secret Passions|
|1988||Lady Mobster||Laurel Castle|
|1990||The Bride in Black||Rose D'Amore-Malloy|
|1990||Saturday Night Live||Herself – Host/Various|
|1990–91||Dallas||Hillary Taylor/Faux Sheila Foley||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||2 episodes|
|2005||That's So Raven||Miss Charlotte Romano||1 episode|
|2010–12||Hot in Cleveland||Susan Lucci||4 episodes|
|2012||Army Wives||Audrey Whitaker||3 episodes|
|2012–present||Deadly Affairs||Herself – Host||Documentary series|
|2013–present||Devious Maids||Genevieve Delacourt||Series regular|
Awards, honors and nominations
Lucci holds the record for most nominations in one category for Daytime Emmy Awards, having been nominated a total of 21 times (1978, 1981–1993, 1995–1999, 2001–2002) in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for All My Children. Lucci won the award at the 26th Daytime Emmy Awards in 1999.
|Year||Award||Category||Film or series||Result|
|1978||Emmy Awards||Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||All My Children||Nominated|
|1981||Emmy Awards||Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||All My Children||Nominated|
|1982||Emmy Awards||Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||All My Children||Nominated|
|1983||Emmy Awards||Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||All My Children||Nominated|
|1984||Emmy Awards||Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||All My Children||Nominated|
|1985||Emmy Awards||Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||All My Children||Nominated|
|1986||Emmy Awards||Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||All My Children||Nominated|
|1986||Soap Opera Digest Award||Outstanding Contribution by an Actor/Actress
to the Form of Continuing Drama who is currently on a Daytime Serial
|All My Children||Nominated|
|1987||Emmy Awards||Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||All My Children||Nominated|
|1988||Emmy Awards||Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||All My Children||Nominated|
|1988||Soap Opera Digest Award||Editor's Choice – Daytime||Won|
|1989||Emmy Awards||Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||All My Children||Nominated|
|1989||Soap Opera Digest Award||Favorite Super Couple: Daytime||All My Children||Nominated|
|1990||Emmy Awards||Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||All My Children||Nominated|
|1991||Emmy Awards||Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||All My Children||Nominated|
|1991||American Academy of Achievement||Life Achievement Award||Won|
|1992||Emmy Awards||Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||All My Children||Nominated|
|1992||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Female Performer in a Daytime Serial||Won|
|1992||Soap Opera Digest Award||Best Love Story: Daytime or Prime Time||All My Children||Nominated|
|1993||Emmy Awards||Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||All My Children||Nominated|
|1993||Soap Opera Digest Award||Outstanding Lead Actress||All My Children||Won|
|1994||Women in Film||Lucy Award
in recognition of her excellence and innovation in her creative works
that have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television.
|1995||Emmy Awards||Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||All My Children||Nominated|
|1996||Emmy Awards||Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||All My Children||Nominated|
|1997||Emmy Awards||Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||All My Children||Nominated|
|1998||Emmy Awards||Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||All My Children||Nominated|
|1999||Emmy Awards||Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||All My Children||Won|
|2001||Emmy Awards||Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||All My Children||Nominated|
|2002||Emmy Awards||Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||All My Children||Nominated|
|2003||Soap Opera Digest Award||Life Achievement Award||Won|
|2005||Soap Opera Digest Award||Favorite Couple||All My Children||Nominated|
|2005||Gracie Allen Awards||Outstanding Female Lead in a Daytime Drama||All My Children||Won|
|2005||Made in NY Awards||In recognition of her 35 years of playing "Erica Kane" on the series, which shoots in New York.||All My Children||Won|
|2005||Hollywood Walk of Fame||Star on the Walk of Fame, Television
On 28 January 2005. At 6801 Hollywood Blvd.
|2006||Broadcasters Hall of Fame||Star on the Walk of Fame||Won|
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