Soap Hub wishes the beloved star a very happy birthday!
She’s been called an icon, Daytime’s Leading Lady, and one of Barbara Walters’s 10 Most Fascinating People. And now, actress, television host, author, Daytime Emmy winner, entrepreneur, and All My Children great Susan Lucci is poised to celebrate yet another milestone accomplishment.
Happy Birthday, Susan Lucci
And that’s because this icon of the genre turned 76 today! She was born on December 23, 1946, in Scarsdale, New York. With several uncredited little roles in films like Goodbye Columbus (1969) and Me, Natalie (1969) as well as episodes of the daytime serial opera Love Is a Many Splendored Thing, Lucci launched her acting career (1969).
In 1970, Lucci was cast in what was to become her most well-known role: Erica Kane on All My Children. Lucci would remain at the soap from its January 16, 1970 premiere until its final episode on ABC some 41 years later.
In the interim, the imaginary Erica’s many marriages to a variety of appropriate and unfit men would come to characterize her. Off-screen, the real Susan Lucci would become well-known for being a Daytime Emmy Award nominee for Outstanding Lead Actress on a regular basis. She would only take home the trophy once, in 1999, out of a total of 21 times.
Other roles that Lucci has had as an actor include recurrent ones on shows like Dallas (1990–1991), Hope & Faith (2004), Hot in Cleveland (2010–2014), where she played a distorted version of herself, and Army Wives (2012).
The Love Boat (1982), Fantasy Island (1983), The Fall Guy (1984), and That’s So Raven all featured her as a guest star (2005). Among Lucci’s roles in major motion pictures include a cameo in the 1982 soap opera parody Young Doctors In Love and the role of Danica in Jennifer Lawrence’s Joy (2015).
Mafia Princess (1986), Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (1986), Haunted by Her Past (1987), Lady Mobster (1988), The Bride in Black (1990), and Ebbie, an updated version of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol are just a few of the many made-for-TV films Lucci has starred in.
Lucci hosted the true-crime series Deadly Affairs from 2012 to 2014, and she played Genevieve Delatour on Devious Maids from 2013 to 2016.
Late in March of this year, Lucci lost her lifelong partner, the chef and food-service manager Helmut Huber, who was born in Austria. The couple has two children: a son named Andreas Huber and a daughter named Liza Huber, a former actress. You can join Soap Hub in wishing Susan Lucci a very happy birthday by clicking the Twitter button below.
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