Who is Susan Lucci?
Born Susan Victoria Lucci on the 23rd December 1946, in Scarsdale, New York USA, she is an actress, TV host and writer, perhaps best known to the world as Erica Kane in the TV drama series “All My Children”, which she portrayed from 1970 until 2011. She is also known as Genevieve Delatour in the TV series “Devious Maids” (2013-2016), among many other roles.
Early Life, Family and Education
Of Italian, Swedish, French, and German ancestry, Susan is the daughter of Jeanette and Victor Lucci, and was educated at Garden City High School, located in Garden City, New York, from which she matriculated in 1964. Susan then enrolled at Marymount College, from which she graduated with a BA degree in drama in 1968.
Before she started auditioning, Susan studied acting under the one and only Ruth Warrick, who became her idol; thanks to Susan’s devotion, she progressed quickly, and after a few minor roles, she was chosen for the part of Erica Kane in the daytime soap opera “All My Children” (1970-2011).
“All My Children” and Rise to FameSusan, a young and aspiring actress at the time, auditioned for the part of Tara Martin, but instead was cast as Erica Kane. In more than 40 years, Susan featured in over 4000 episodes of the highly-praised series, which won her a number of awards, but also her net worth soared since she was receiving over $1 million per year just for her role. Her character became one of the icons in the daytime soap-opera world, which made Susan “Daytime’s Leading Lady” by TV Guide, with The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times citing her as “the highest-paid actor in daytime television”. She received 20 nominations for the Daytime Emmy Award for her work, and eventually won an award in 1999, in the category for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She has also received three Soap Opera Digest Awards, and in 2005 was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to television.
— Susan Lucci (@Susan_Lucci) September 13, 2014
Other AppearancesFor the first ten years of her stint in “All My Children”, Susan was devoted only to her part, and didn’t seek other acting engagements, but with the start of the ‘80s Susan started looking for other roles, and in starred in the sci-fi horror thriller film “Invitation to Hell”, next to Robert Urich and Joanna Cassidy, while two years later she was Darya Romanoff in the Golden Globe Award-winning film “Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna”, with Amy Irving, Olivia de Havillan, and Jan Niklas as the stars of the film. She started the ‘90s with the double role of Hillary Taylor/ Sheila Foley in the TV drama series “Dallas” (1990-1991), and throughout the decade starred in a number of successful television films, such as “Between Love and Hate” (1992), with Patrick Van Horn and Raymond J. Barry, then the fantasy drama “Ebbie” in 1995, next to Wendy Crewson and Ron Lea, while in 1998 she starred in the crime-drama film “Blood on Her Hands”, co-starring with John O’ Hurley and Lauren Collins. After the ‘90s ended, Susan again focused in entirety on the role of Erica Kane, and didn’t make another separate appearance until 2004, when she played Jacqueline Karr in the TV series “Hope & Faith”. Almost ten years later, Susan returned to the small screen with the role of Genevieve Delatour in the TV series “Devious Maids” (2013-2016), while in 2015 she played Danica in the film “Joy” (2015), starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper. Most recently, Susan appeared in the TV series “Difficult People” (2017), and will lend her voice to a character in the upcoming animated film “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2”, scheduled for release late in 2018.
— Susan Lucci (@Susan_Lucci) May 8, 2014
TV Host and Game Panelist
In addition to acting, Susan’s popularity and net worth has benefited from her work as a host and panelist; she was a celebrity contestant in the highly popular game show “The $10,000 Pyramid” from 1978 until 1979, and from 2002 to 2003 served as a panelist for the “Hollywood Squares” show, and in between 2012 and 2014 was the hostess of the show “Deadly Affairs”. Most recently she co-hosted the show “Home & Family” in 2017.
— Susan Lucci (@Susan_Lucci) August 12, 2014
Dancing with the Stars
Back in 2008, Susan competed in the dance competition show, “Dancing with the Stars” after several years of turning down invitations from the producers of the show. She was teamed up with Tony Dovolani and the two took sixth place before being eliminated.
— Susan Lucci (@Susan_Lucci) May 5, 2014
Susan Lucci Net Worth
Since starting her career in the late ‘60s, Susan has had a number of successful roles, though the part of Erica Cane stands out. Still, she has featured in more than 30 other film and TV roles, which helped her increase her net worth. Let’s look how rich Susan Lucci is. Well, according to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Lucci’s net worth is as high as $60 million, earned through her successful career spanning over 40 years. Her most luxurious possessions includes an 11,000 square foot house in Hamptons.
Life Behind the Scene
Susan has been married to Helmut Huber since September 1969; the couple has two children together, who have children of their own. Susan became a grandmother on her 60th birthday when her daughter Liza gave birth to a son Royce Alexander. She now has four grandchildren.
“All My Life: A Memoir”
In March 2011, Susan published her autobiography under the title “All My Life: A Memoir”, through HarperCollins. The sales of her book also added to her net worth.
Since becoming a world-famous personality, Susan has managed to expand her popularity from television to social media platforms, particularly Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, with her fan base now over 300,000 followers on these three most popular social media networks. Susan shares some of her most intimate details with her most loyal fans on Twitter, including pictures of her husband, but also details from her work. The same thing goes for her official Facebook page, on which she has most recently promoted her collaboration with Nelson DeMille; similarly with Instagram, on which she has more than 82,000 followers. Her feed is full of pictures of herself, husband, and her children and grandchildren. So, if you are not already a fan of one of the “Daytime’s Leading Lady”, then this is a great opportunity for you to start following this successful actress.