In addition to acting, Susan Lucci is a businesswoman, author, and television personality. The soap opera “All My Children,” in which Lucci featured from 1970 until 2011, helped build her fortune and called her “TV Guide’s Leading Lady of Daytime.” As Erica Kane, Susan received 21 Daytime Emmy nominations before ultimately taking home the prize in 1999.
Actor Susan Lucci earned more than $1 million a year by 1991, according to both the “Los Angeles Times” and “The New York Times.” A rising star in American soap operas, Susan has been in several series over the years, including Fantasy Island (1984), The Fall Guy (1984), Dallas (1990–1991), and most recently, Army Wives (2012).
The Susan Lucci Collection, a brand of hair care, skincare, fragrances, and lingerie, was introduced in 2011, and she published a memoir, “All My Life: A Memoir,” in 2012. He’s been a regular on Lifetime’s “Devious Maids” and Investigation Discovery’s “Deadly Affairs” in recent years (2013–2016).
Susan Victoria Lucci was born on December 23, 1946, in Scarsdale, New York, as Susan Victoria Lucci. Her parents were William and Mary (Lucci) Victoria. Her mother Jeanette, father Victor (a construction contractor), and older brother James raised her in Garden City. A member of the Garden City High School cheering squad, Susan was a member of the school newspaper and appeared in productions of West Side Story and The King And I during her time at the school, as well.
She graduated from Marymount College, Tarrytown in 1964 and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre in 1968. Once she graduated, Susan Lucci moved to New York City, where she started her career in show business by working as a color girl for CBS, before moving on to understudy roles in off-Broadway productions and acting in films as an extra.
After auditioning for All My Children in 1969, Susan Lucci was cast in the part of Erica Kane, which “TV Guide” termed “the most recognized soap opera character in daytime television.” During the episode, Erica went from being a 15-year-old high school student to having 10 marriages and three children. A Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series went to Lucci on her first nomination, but she didn’t win for another 18 years.
Mattel manufactured Erica Kane dolls in 1998 and 1999 after Susan’s performance on the show led to a “Saturday Night Live” hosting stint in 1990. The part of Erica Kane, which Susan Lucci has played for 41 years, has been nominated for more than 30 awards.
Uncredited performances in “Goodbye Columbus” and “Love Is a Many Splendored Thing” marked Susan’s feature film début in 1969. “Me, Natalie” also featured her as a cheerleader that year. In addition to her work on the soap opera “All My Children,” Lucci was also involved in several other projects during her tenure there. Garry Marshall directed the 1982 comedy “Young Doctors in Love,” in which she appeared as a supporting character. She also guest-starred on “The Love Boat” that year.
As a guest star, Susan appeared in the 1983 films “Fantasy Island” and “The Fall Guy,” and in the 1984 made-for-television film “Invitation to Hell,” in which she played the demonic director of an enigmatic country club. “Mafia Princess,” a TV movie about the daughter of mafia leader Salvatore Giancana and “Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna,” which was nominated for multiple Primetime Emmys and Golden Globe Awards, were two of her most notable roles. On to 1987’s Haunted by Her Past, then 1988’s Lady Mobster, and 1990s The Bride In Black for Lucci’s filmography.
Susan appeared in six episodes of the iconic CBS series “Dallas” in 1990. “The Woman Who Sinned” (1991), “French Silk” (1994), and “Ebbie” (1995), a Lifetime rendition of “A Christmas Carol,” were among the several television movies Lucci appeared in throughout the 1990s. Her Broadway debut as Annie Oakley in “Annie Get Your Gun” brought her critical acclaim at the close of the decade. “Hope & Faith” guest-starred Susan on two episodes in 2004, followed by appearances on “That’s So Raven,” “Hot in Cleveland,” and “Army Wives,” among others (2012).
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On ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” in 2008, Susan Lucci finished in sixth place; she also began hosting the real crime series “Deadly Affairs” on Investigation Discovery in 2012. On “Devious Maids,” she played Genevieve Delatour, and she also participated in the award-winning film “Joy,” which lasted for four seasons from 2013 to 2015. Hulu’s “Difficult People” and the music video for Sia’s “Santa’s Coming for Us” co-star Henry Winkler, Kristen Bell, and Dax Shepard in 2017.
Liza Huber joined the cast of NBC’s “Passions” in 1999, following in her mother’s footsteps and becoming an actor in her own right. Susan married Austrian chef Helmut Huber on September 13, 1969, and the couple has two children, Liza (born in 1975) and Andreas (1980). In 2019, Susan Lucci participated in Broadway Sings for Pride, a charity event that promotes LGBT equality.
Two of Susan’s coronary arteries were clogged in the fall of 2018 when she was shopping at a boutique, and the store’s manager transported her to the hospital, where Susan Lucci diagnosed the problem. She underwent emergency heart surgery that night and received two coronary artery grafts.
Awards and Nominations:
Soap Opera Digest and the Online Film & Television Association have both nominated Susan Lucci for a Daytime Emmy for her work on “All My Children,” and she has also received a Gracie Allen Award and a People’s Choice Award for her work on the show. On September 15, 2015, Susan received the honorary title of a Disney Legend from the Walt Disney Company. 2005 saw the erection of a star for her on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and she was included in both TV Guide’s and VH1’s lists of the 50 greatest TV stars of all time.
When Susan and Helmut had their Quogue, New York estate built for them in 1989, it sold for over $20 million in 2016 after only a few short years on the market. The 1.4-acre estate has seven bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms, and a library.