Dec. 23rd, 1946
Scarsdale, New York, USA
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Susan Lucci was born on December 23, 1946, in Scarsdale, New York, although she grew up in Garden City. Since she can remember she always wanted to be a performer, and through her teenage years, took voice lessons, dance lessons, and participated in community theater. In high school she was the ideal student: took many honors classes, was a cheerleader, staff writer for the school newspaper, was a foreign exchange student to Norway, and performed in the school musicals, including lead roles in "Oklahoma" and "The King and I". After graduating with Honors from Garden City High School, she was accepted and attended Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York, which was noted for its theater program. After graduating with a BFA in theater arts, she moved to New York City, and began going to auditions. One of her first jobs was that of a color girl for CBS. Every day she would report to the studio, and sit on a stool, as technicians developed the new color cameras. Most of her acting work consisted of Off-Broadway understudy roles, day-player roles on soap operas, and extra and stand-in work for movies. In 1969 at the age of twenty-three, she auditioned for a brand new soap opera that was to be called "All My Children" (1970). She landed the role of Erica Kane, which is still considered by many critics to be one of the best roles on television written for women. Around this time, she met an married restaurant owner Helmut Huber. In 1978, Susan received her first Daytime Emmy nomination. She was nominated again in 1981, and nominated almost every year since then. In the early 1980s, she became the first soap opera actress to appear on the cover of major magazines, as well as the first to star in Movies of the Week. But what made her a household name by the late 1980s was her string of Emmy losses. It became a running joke that the `Queen of Daytime Television' had no crown. It seems that every time that she would have a real knockout year, another daytime diva would have a more unique story line, or a more challenging acting role, including multiple personalities, or an actress playing more than one character. But in 1999, on her 19th Emmy nomination, she won. She received a four minute standing ovation. Now, after twenty one nominations, she is considered to be one of the most honored performers in the history of television, daytime or primetime.
- Measurements: 34B-24 1/2-36 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
- Her daughter, 'Liza Huber' (qv), gave birth to her first grandchild, Royce Alexander Hesterberg, on December 23, 2006 - her 60th birthday.
- Is half Italian and half Swedish.
- She has been married to 'Helmut Huber' (qv) for over 35 years, and they have two children, a son Andreas and a daughter 'Liza Huber' (qv). She is one of two characters left from the AMC pilot, and is one of the most recognizable women on soaps. She started AMC shortly after graduating from Marymount College.
- As of May 2006, she and partner Guthy-Renker have sold over 6 million Youthful Essence Personal Microdermabrasion kits since 2001. They attribute this success to Susan's huge fan base.
- When she finally won the Daytime Emmy in 1999, the announcer said "The streak is over! Susan Lucci!". She got a 4-minute standing ovation, and literally had no speech prepared as she gave up on having one years earlier. She then went on to host the 2000 Emmys.
- Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. [January 28, 2005]
- Featured film debut was the unreleased "Danny, You Kill Me".