Petite, dark-haired, and beautiful Susan Lucci is best known for playing one of the most famous characters in American television soap opera history, the sexy, conniving, but somehow lovable vixen Erica Kane. Her work has won her numerous industry awards, including a People's Choice Award (1992), the 1993 Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Lead Actress, a Crystal Apple (1994), a Best Soap Actress award from a People magazine poll in 1985, a Canadian TV Guide People's Choice Award for Best Soap Actress (1989), and more. She was even voted the Italian-American Welfare League's Woman of the Year she has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy 16 times, and has won once. Lucci was quite young when she was hired to play precocious, self-centered teen Erica Kane in 1970. In 1973, she appeared in Secret Passions, the first of many television movies. During its final season, Lucci joined the cast of the nighttime soap Dallas. When not acting, she exploits her glamorous image by hawking her own collection of beauty products, the Susan Lucci Collection, on cable TV shopping networks. She has two children and, unlike her alter ego, Erica Kane, has been married to the same man, Helmut Huber.
Biography by Sandra Brennan
- Debuted as Erica Kane on ABC's All My Children in 1970.
- TV Guide called her Erica Kane "unequivocally the most famous soap-opera character in the history of daytime TV."
- Made Broadway debut in 1999 in the revival of Annie Get Your Gun; also headlined a well-received cabaret show and performed on tour with Regis Philbin.
- After 18 Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Erica Kane on All My Children, she finally won in 1999.
- Has launched an extensive line of beauty products, accessories, clothing and perfumes.
- Charitable efforts include Little Flower Children's Services of New York, a child-care agency that provides foster care and adoption support services in the New York area.
- In 2005, became one of the few daytime actors to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- Competed on ABC's Dancing with the Stars at age 62.
- Traveled to Africa in support of Feed the Children in 2009.