Award-winning American actress Susan Lucci was born on December 23, 1946 in Scarsdale, New York. She’s always dreamed of being a performer since she was young, and spent her teenage years taking voice and dance lessons, and participating in community theater productions. She also took part in several school plays before taking a degree in theater arts at the Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York, eventually graduating in 1968.
During the late 1960s, Lucci started dabbling in small acting roles, playing bit roles in shows such as Love Is A Many Splendored Thing and As The World Turns. She also played stand-in work for movies and understudy roles in off-Broadway plays. In 1970, she signed on a role in the daytime soap All My Children, which was yet to premiere. She played the role of Erika Kane, a role which she would be best known for. Her character started off as a model with a close relationship with her mother (Frances Heflin). During her run, which continues to this day, she’s been through numerous marriages, somewhat outrageous cir!$#!#stances, and most notably, the first legal abortion on television after the Roe v. Wade decision.
Lucci’s run on the daytime soap made her synonymous with daytime television itself. Consequently, she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy a total of 21 times, and finally won one in 1999, after her image of not having won an Emmy has been lampooned by the media. Her victory nevertheless came as a surprise, and her teary-eyed acceptance speech—and a long standing ovation in honor of her win—made headline news.
Lucci also had a notable presence on prime time television. Aside from several television movies, she played several guest roles in the television series Dallas, and also hosted an edition of Saturday Night Live. She also starred in the Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun, taking on a role from 1999 to 2000.
Susan Lucci has also been slated as a contestant on the seventh season of Dancing with the Stars, teaming up with Tony Dovolani. In 2013, she became part of the ABC series Devious Maids.
1988: Soap Opera Digest Award - Editor's Choice – Daytime
1991: American Academy of Achievement - Life Achievement Award
1992: People's Choice Awards - Favorite Female Performer in a Daytime Serial
1993: Soap Opera Digest Award - Outstanding Lead Actress
1994: Women in Film - Lucy Award
1999: Emmy Awards - Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
2003: Soap Opera Digest Award - Life Achievement Award
2005: Gracie Allen Awards - Outstanding Female Lead in a Daytime Drama
2005: Hollywood Walk of Fame - Star on the Walk of Fame, Television
2006: Broadcasters Hall of Fame - Star on the Walk of Fame
1969 Goodbye, Columbus
1970–2011 All My Children
1982 The Love Boat
1983 Fantasy Island
1984 Invitation to Hell
1984 The Fall Guy
1986 Mafia Princess
1986 Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna
1987 Haunted by Her Past
1988 Lady Mobster
1990 The Bride in Black Rose
1991 The Woman Who Sinned
1992 Double Edge
1993 Between Love and Hate
1994 French Silk
1998 Blood on Her Hands
2003 Intimate Portrait: Susan Lucci
2004 Hope & Faith
2005 That's So Raven
2010–12 Hot in Cleveland
2012 Army Wives
2013 Devious Maids