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#AskAMogul:Hi,I'mSusanLucci.I'manEmmy-awardwinningactressandNYTimesbest-sellingauthor.Askmeanything!Yourquestionswillbeanswered11/17.

Susan Lucci
7d Garden City, NY, United States Question

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Note: The answers from Susan Lucci's interview will be inserted on Friday, 11/17 along with the recorded interview.

Hi I'm Susan Lucci. Some consider me one of the most famous faces in daytime television history. For over 40 years I played the "woman you love to hate," as Erica Kane on ABC-TV's "All My Children." In May 1999 I won the Emmy Award for "Best Actress." I went on to star in the hit Lifetime series, "Devious Maids" as the wealthy and effervescent socialite, Genevieve Delatour. I was also the host and narrator of Investigation Discovery's highly rated series, "Deadly Affairs." 

I received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 28, 2005 and was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2006. I am only the second woman in the history of the Columbus Day parade to serve as Grand Marshal – the first was Sophia Loren. I am proud to serve as an Ambassador for the newly established National Women's Museum in Washington, DC and was named one of E! Entertainment's "Top Entertainers of the Year" as well as one of Barbara Walters' "Ten Most Fascinating People." When VH-1 named me one of its "200 Top Icons of all Time."

In 2011, I appeared in the highly rated season finale of TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland" and returned for another episode in February 2012 entitled, "I Love Lucci." I also guest starred in a recurring role on Lifetime's "Army Wives" in 2012. I competed on ABC's primetime reality show, "Dancing with the Stars," hosted "Saturday Night Live," and guest-starred in many successful television series and numerous movies for television throughout her career. In March 2011 I released my New York Times bestselling autobiography, "All My Life" with Harper Collins. 

Acting and singing are only two of my many passions. Within the past 10 years I became a successful entrepreneur launching a Susan Lucci Collection of hair care products, two fragrances, jewelry, shoes, and accessory lines, and a lingerie line for "beauty of all ages." My head-to-toe collection was a constant sell-out on the Home Shopping Network (HSN). In 2002, I introduced a personal microdermabrasion system with Guthy-Renker, Youthful Essence® by Susan Lucci that has sold over 8 million kits worldwide since its debut. I expanded her expertise with Guthy-Renker by also presenting "Malibu Pilates," the widely popular Pilates chair fitness program. 

My commitment to her work with children has taken her to Africa in support of Feed The Children, appearing in an Emmy-award winning documentary. My husband and I have been ongoing champions of Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York and have been the spokespersons for the National AFib Campaign. I currently hosts United Cerebral Palsy of NYC Women Who Care Luncheon. I have also served as the March of Dimes' National Ambassador in 2000 and as a celebrity spokesperson for AMDeC (Academic Medicine Development Company) and The New York Cancer Project. Most recently I was inducted into the American Academy of Achievement Awards and presented with the Italian Board of Guardians Lifetime Achievement Award.

Now's your chance to ask me anything! Please write your questions in the comments section below and I'll answer the questions live on Wednesday, November 15th at 12pm ET.

40 comments

  • Lucy Chen
    18d ago

    Hi @Susan Lucci. It's an incredible honor to meet you on Mogul. Thank you for paving the way for so many women in the entertainment industry. How do you feel about the entertainment industry overall, especially the recent controversy that's occurred with sexual harassment cases? Did this kind of treatment happen on the sets of soap operas? 

    Hi @Susan Lucci. It's an incredible honor to meet you on Mogul. Thank you for paving the way for so many women in the entertainment industry. How do you feel about the entertainment industry overall, especially the recent controversy that's occurred with sexual harassment cases? Did this kind of treatment happen on the sets of soap operas? 

    • Susan Lucci
      8d ago

      Well first of all I had no idea that I was paving the way. I am so grateful and I just felt so lucky to have the opportunity to be an actress and to do what I dreamed of doing since I was a little girl. I knew I had this wonderful part to play so I am thrilled if helped someone else get into the industry. One thing I will say is that I was told at the beginning that I probably would never work in television because I was too ethnic looking. They said at least if you had blue eyes and blonde or of you had red hair. If you had blue eyes we could deal with the Brunette, maybe. But I just didn’t believe it. And boy haven’t we come a long way baby! I had olive skin, dark eyes, dark hair and in those days that’s what they thought but I didn’t really believe it. Hang in there because you never know. When I went to audition for ‘All My Children,’ for Erica Kane, with no vowel on the end of Erica Kane’s name, Agnes Nixon saw me and said, “Those are Erica Kane’s eyes.” She was looking for someone who had dark eyes, dark hair and olive skin. So you never know. You just don’t know. Don’t count yourself out. Just keep on with your dreams and learning everything that you can and trying to be the best you can and doing what you love to do. So that’s my feeling about the entertainment industry. That I got to do it. I still love the industry. I think that for those kids out there that are dreaming their dreams to be onstage on Broadway or perform on film, on television or all of it. Yes the industry is there for you. There are some people that have misused their position, and even if they weren’t in the entertainment industry as men. When a woman says, “No” it’s No. When they are given a choice bad things have happened in the past but I think that it’s going to change. You know there’s another aspect to this thing too about all that’s come out in the entertainment industry I was very lucky to not have to deal with much of that but I think there are times when people just assume to make it, that you have been a part of the casting couch. And that’s not right. That doesn’t give people credit who got there without having to go through the horrors that are being described right now. 

      Well first of all I had no idea that I was paving the way. I am so grateful and I just felt so lucky to have the opportunity to be an actress and to do what I dreamed of doing since I was a little girl. I knew I had this wonderful part to play so I am thrilled if helped someone else get into the industry. One thing I will say is that I was told at the beginning that I probably would never work in television because I was too ethnic looking. They said at least if you had blue eyes and blonde or of you had red hair. If you had blue eyes we could deal with the Brunette, maybe. But I just didn’t believe it. And boy haven’t we come a long way baby! I had olive skin, dark eyes, dark hair and in those days that’s what they thought but I didn’t really believe it. Hang in there because you never know. When I went to audition for ‘All My Children,’ for Erica Kane, with no vowel on the end of Erica Kane’s name, Agnes Nixon saw me and said, “Those are Erica Kane’s eyes.” She was looking for someone who had dark eyes, dark hair and olive skin. So you never know. You just don’t know. Don’t count yourself out. Just keep on with your dreams and learning everything that you can and trying to be the best you can and doing what you love to do. So that’s my feeling about the entertainment industry. That I got to do it. I still love the industry. I think that for those kids out there that are dreaming their dreams to be onstage on Broadway or perform on film, on television or all of it. Yes the industry is there for you. There are some people that have misused their position, and even if they weren’t in the entertainment industry as men. When a woman says, “No” it’s No. When they are given a choice bad things have happened in the past but I think that it’s going to change. You know there’s another aspect to this thing too about all that’s come out in the entertainment industry I was very lucky to not have to deal with much of that but I think there are times when people just assume to make it, that you have been a part of the casting couch. And that’s not right. That doesn’t give people credit who got there without having to go through the horrors that are being described right now. 

  • Leah 94
    18d ago

    oh my gosh, i am your biggest fan! How did you first get into acting @Susan Lucci?

    oh my gosh, i am your biggest fan! How did you first get into acting @Susan Lucci?

    • Susan Lucci
      8d ago

      It’s how I played as a little girl. I was always making up stories and acting out all the parts. And my mother was so nice. She let me play in the top drawer of her bureau. So there were scarves and she had long gloves and a cigarette holder even though she didn’t smoke and she would let me play like that. And when I would go outside I would get all the neighborhood kids to have fun and make up plays but then I really wanted to do it and my parents had moved to a community where they had a really good acting program when I was in high school. That’s just dumb luck. This women would rehearse us they way you do when you are on Broadway or the way we would do “Devious Maids” where we would sit around a big conference table and have a table reading. That’s what we did when I was in high school. I just always felt that she gave me a tremendous head start. Then I studied in college. I majored in drama. 

      It’s how I played as a little girl. I was always making up stories and acting out all the parts. And my mother was so nice. She let me play in the top drawer of her bureau. So there were scarves and she had long gloves and a cigarette holder even though she didn’t smoke and she would let me play like that. And when I would go outside I would get all the neighborhood kids to have fun and make up plays but then I really wanted to do it and my parents had moved to a community where they had a really good acting program when I was in high school. That’s just dumb luck. This women would rehearse us they way you do when you are on Broadway or the way we would do “Devious Maids” where we would sit around a big conference table and have a table reading. That’s what we did when I was in high school. I just always felt that she gave me a tremendous head start. Then I studied in college. I majored in drama. 

  • Danica
    17d ago

    You have had such an amazing career. Longevity should be your middle name. What do you feel it takes to have a career that spans decades in Hollywood?

    You have had such an amazing career. Longevity should be your middle name. What do you feel it takes to have a career that spans decades in Hollywood?

    • Susan Lucci
      8d ago

      Keep doing what you love. Be grateful that you get to do it and respect it. Respect the people that you work with. Keep on learning and growing. Don’t rest on any laurels. Keep on going. Keep on growing.  

      Keep doing what you love. Be grateful that you get to do it and respect it. Respect the people that you work with. Keep on learning and growing. Don’t rest on any laurels. Keep on going. Keep on growing.  

  • Tarn
    18d ago

    Hi Susan, of all your amazing charity work- which is the most rewarding for you?

    Hi Susan, of all your amazing charity work- which is the most rewarding for you?

    • Susan Lucci
      7d ago

      I feel compelled because I would like to use whatever form I have to do some good in the world. The children’s charities touch me the most because I think we need to stand up for children that don’t have their own voice. 

      I feel compelled because I would like to use whatever form I have to do some good in the world. The children’s charities touch me the most because I think we need to stand up for children that don’t have their own voice. 

  • Natasha
    Natasha 💪🏻& 👊🏻 just like NYC
    12d ago

    What's your skin care routine been like? You look amazing!

    What's your skin care routine been like? You look amazing!

    • Susan Lucci
      7d ago

      Thankyou! You knew I probably do a lot of what everybody is told to do. There’s some discipline involved. For instance, no matter how late you come home you should take your makeup off. I know it’s hard. Hydration is important. One thing I have done religiously since I was in rehearsals for “Annie Get Your Gun” is to drink hot water and lemon. I do have two cups of coffee. I really love coffee. But the rest of the day, for the most part I would drink hot water and lemon. It hydrates, it’s a warm liquid so it’s comforting and usually t.v. sets are really freezing. So that’s also good but also it balances your PH and also it also boosts your metabolism. So that’s a lot of good things for a little cup of hot water and lemon. I really enjoy it. I do Pilates just about every day and I think that helps with circulation. 

      Thankyou! You knew I probably do a lot of what everybody is told to do. There’s some discipline involved. For instance, no matter how late you come home you should take your makeup off. I know it’s hard. Hydration is important. One thing I have done religiously since I was in rehearsals for “Annie Get Your Gun” is to drink hot water and lemon. I do have two cups of coffee. I really love coffee. But the rest of the day, for the most part I would drink hot water and lemon. It hydrates, it’s a warm liquid so it’s comforting and usually t.v. sets are really freezing. So that’s also good but also it balances your PH and also it also boosts your metabolism. So that’s a lot of good things for a little cup of hot water and lemon. I really enjoy it. I do Pilates just about every day and I think that helps with circulation. 

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    12d ago

    What is your biggest piece of advice for those out there who want to pursue acting? 

    What is your biggest piece of advice for those out there who want to pursue acting? 

  • Shantel Risher
    Shantel Risher Digital Content Assistant
    11d ago

    @Susan Lucci let me just say I am so glad that you are on Mogul taking the time to answer questions that a lot of us have for you. Thank you for being a great actress, philanthropist, and so much more. I wanted to ask was it easy transitioning out of "All My Children" into other projects, being as how you spent a wonderful 40 years portraying Erica Kane?

    @Susan Lucci let me just say I am so glad that you are on Mogul taking the time to answer questions that a lot of us have for you. Thank you for being a great actress, philanthropist, and so much more. I wanted to ask was it easy transitioning out of "All My Children" into other projects, being as how you spent a wonderful 40 years portraying Erica Kane?

    • Susan Lucci
      7d ago

      What a wonderful question. I really loved what I was doing. I was sorry. We all were. And we were all kind of blindsided that the show was going off the air because I had just been on the book tour and I knew that the fans were still there. But it was a decision that was made. There was a period of mourning, quite frankly, for the people, for the show and for the character of Erica Kane. First of disbelief and then denial and then anger and tears. Agnes and I would be on the phone. She would call me because she still had storylines she wanted to tell and she would tell me the storylines. And then I got very lucky to work on “Devious Maids” shortly after “All My Children” went off the air with Marc Cherry who had created “Desperate Housewives” Once again I auditioned. Again I wanted to. It’s part of his process too. We had a great time. The audition was so much fun. I learned going through the airport all the time because I lived in New York and we shot “Devious Maids” in Atlanta. I would run into people at the airports. And now I’m out in the daylight. I never used to be out at daylight. So I meet people a lot and they still love Erica Kane. And they would talk about her and I think went into mourning a little bit like I did. But everybody speaks very happy about that character and I realized that it’s not like she’s over. She is a part of us and the culture in the good. She helped women feel like they could achieve what they wanted to. So many people, men and women, would stop me and say they got at a crossroads in their education to become a lawyer or they were going to become a professional athlete or a diplomat. And they had doubts. Could they? Should they? And they would say to themselves, “What would Erica Kane do?” And that helped them say, “Yes!” I am going to go for it. So that’s really thrilling me and that continues! 

      What a wonderful question. I really loved what I was doing. I was sorry. We all were. And we were all kind of blindsided that the show was going off the air because I had just been on the book tour and I knew that the fans were still there. But it was a decision that was made. There was a period of mourning, quite frankly, for the people, for the show and for the character of Erica Kane. First of disbelief and then denial and then anger and tears. Agnes and I would be on the phone. She would call me because she still had storylines she wanted to tell and she would tell me the storylines. And then I got very lucky to work on “Devious Maids” shortly after “All My Children” went off the air with Marc Cherry who had created “Desperate Housewives” Once again I auditioned. Again I wanted to. It’s part of his process too. We had a great time. The audition was so much fun. I learned going through the airport all the time because I lived in New York and we shot “Devious Maids” in Atlanta. I would run into people at the airports. And now I’m out in the daylight. I never used to be out at daylight. So I meet people a lot and they still love Erica Kane. And they would talk about her and I think went into mourning a little bit like I did. But everybody speaks very happy about that character and I realized that it’s not like she’s over. She is a part of us and the culture in the good. She helped women feel like they could achieve what they wanted to. So many people, men and women, would stop me and say they got at a crossroads in their education to become a lawyer or they were going to become a professional athlete or a diplomat. And they had doubts. Could they? Should they? And they would say to themselves, “What would Erica Kane do?” And that helped them say, “Yes!” I am going to go for it. So that’s really thrilling me and that continues! 

  • Sarah Fein
    11d ago

    What is it like to be a soap star? Are you sad that soaps are not on as much now? I am very sad by this. Do you think they will make a comeback? 

    What is it like to be a soap star? Are you sad that soaps are not on as much now? I am very sad by this. Do you think they will make a comeback? 

  • Gabrielle Scherer
    Gabrielle Scherer President
    10d ago

    You are such a powerful woman. How have you continued to keep motivated throughout your career?

    You are such a powerful woman. How have you continued to keep motivated throughout your career?

    • Susan Lucci
      7d ago

      I just love what I do and I want to keep on doing it and I look at some other people and I know I am not alone in that. I was just in Las Vegas and I saw Diana Ross and she’s fantastic. and her voice is stronger than ever. She’s still so gorgeous. I saw Tina Turner at Madison Square Garden maybe five years ago when she was in New York. Mick Jagger when we saw the Stones right around the same time as Tina Turner. We took or son with us and he had never seen The Stones at all. And there is Mick Jagger and my son Andreas said, “Mom look at this guy prance.” He was amazed by it. I think that I am not alone in loving what I do and just wanting to continue. So it’s like, I don’t even have to think about motivation. I just want to go forward and onward and upward.  

      I just love what I do and I want to keep on doing it and I look at some other people and I know I am not alone in that. I was just in Las Vegas and I saw Diana Ross and she’s fantastic. and her voice is stronger than ever. She’s still so gorgeous. I saw Tina Turner at Madison Square Garden maybe five years ago when she was in New York. Mick Jagger when we saw the Stones right around the same time as Tina Turner. We took or son with us and he had never seen The Stones at all. And there is Mick Jagger and my son Andreas said, “Mom look at this guy prance.” He was amazed by it. I think that I am not alone in loving what I do and just wanting to continue. So it’s like, I don’t even have to think about motivation. I just want to go forward and onward and upward.  

  • Skdougs
    10d ago

    Hi Mrs. Lucci, it is absolutely awesome that you're taking the time to do this. Of all your roles which would you say was the most entertaining for you?

    Hi Mrs. Lucci, it is absolutely awesome that you're taking the time to do this. Of all your roles which would you say was the most entertaining for you?

    • Susan Lucci
      8d ago

      Oh well! There’s no question. Erica Kane. I just loved her so much. I played her for a long time. I know sometimes people would say, “Oh how can you do it?” I loved her. Everyday there was a new script for one thing so that kept it fresh and entertaining for me. But also the people I worked with were so great. So I got to go play everyday. There were very long hours and so on but I got to do what I loved.  

      Oh well! There’s no question. Erica Kane. I just loved her so much. I played her for a long time. I know sometimes people would say, “Oh how can you do it?” I loved her. Everyday there was a new script for one thing so that kept it fresh and entertaining for me. But also the people I worked with were so great. So I got to go play everyday. There were very long hours and so on but I got to do what I loved.  

  • Jessica Daniel

    During the 41 years that you played Erica Kane on “All My Children,” you got married 10 TIMES. Can you name all of your onscreen husbands and which one was your favorite? 

    During the 41 years that you played Erica Kane on “All My Children,” you got married 10 TIMES. Can you name all of your onscreen husbands and which one was your favorite? 

    • Susan Lucci
      8d ago

      What a dilemma. They were all pretty fantastic. So I think it was Erica Kane, Martin, Brent, Cudahy, Chandler, Roy, Roy, Montgomery, Marick, and it was about to be Montgomery again. I lost count and I lost fingers too because I was going to 11 with Jack Montgomery and the show ended on that note. She was going to try to get Jack back and have her career in Hollywood. But my favorite? Jack was obviously the one she kept coming back to and he couldn’t get her out of her system. It’s really hard. So many fans that were watching really loved Dimitri with Erica. That was a great storyline. Mike Roy was the one that got away. The writer that thought that she would never go to a banana plantation with him and she was like, why didn’t you ask me. Each story was wonderful. And there was David Canary playing Adam Chandler. I mean definitely Erica and Adam Chandler did not belong together but as an actress getting to play scenes with David Canary. Oh my goodness! 

      What a dilemma. They were all pretty fantastic. So I think it was Erica Kane, Martin, Brent, Cudahy, Chandler, Roy, Roy, Montgomery, Marick, and it was about to be Montgomery again. I lost count and I lost fingers too because I was going to 11 with Jack Montgomery and the show ended on that note. She was going to try to get Jack back and have her career in Hollywood. But my favorite? Jack was obviously the one she kept coming back to and he couldn’t get her out of her system. It’s really hard. So many fans that were watching really loved Dimitri with Erica. That was a great storyline. Mike Roy was the one that got away. The writer that thought that she would never go to a banana plantation with him and she was like, why didn’t you ask me. Each story was wonderful. And there was David Canary playing Adam Chandler. I mean definitely Erica and Adam Chandler did not belong together but as an actress getting to play scenes with David Canary. Oh my goodness! 

  • Alexis The Bestest

    You married Austrian businessman Helmut Huber in 1969 and have been happily married for almost 5 decades. What is your secret? 

    You married Austrian businessman Helmut Huber in 1969 and have been happily married for almost 5 decades. What is your secret? 

    • Susan Lucci
      8d ago

      He’s really the secret. I saw him. I worked for Helmut when I was in college and I just thought he was a very attractive older man at the time and then when I got out of college I played Erica Kane. I broke an engagement. Helmut found out and then I went out with him but he made me laugh. So as I got to know him I found him to be everything that I had admired from the distance. He was really smart, really self-assured, really confident and very very funny. And all those things that I saw in him then, they fortunately, have continued. And he’s been there with me every step of the way. I certainly had my dreams and I was going after them but I really feel that because of Helmut I got my dreams but I also have a s mile on my face. He’s so decisive and he’s so take charge. My father said, “If Susan continues to go out with this man he’s going to make her marry him. But in a good way. But I had instincts about him because he was so confident and smart and funny because those were qualities I just loved. And very handsome. All those things. They proved to be true but I know that doesn’t happen in every relationship and people don’t always grow together or have the possibility to grow together. But he never held me back. He helped me. He drove me to my acting classes which were at midnight. So he was always in my corner. 

      He’s really the secret. I saw him. I worked for Helmut when I was in college and I just thought he was a very attractive older man at the time and then when I got out of college I played Erica Kane. I broke an engagement. Helmut found out and then I went out with him but he made me laugh. So as I got to know him I found him to be everything that I had admired from the distance. He was really smart, really self-assured, really confident and very very funny. And all those things that I saw in him then, they fortunately, have continued. And he’s been there with me every step of the way. I certainly had my dreams and I was going after them but I really feel that because of Helmut I got my dreams but I also have a s mile on my face. He’s so decisive and he’s so take charge. My father said, “If Susan continues to go out with this man he’s going to make her marry him. But in a good way. But I had instincts about him because he was so confident and smart and funny because those were qualities I just loved. And very handsome. All those things. They proved to be true but I know that doesn’t happen in every relationship and people don’t always grow together or have the possibility to grow together. But he never held me back. He helped me. He drove me to my acting classes which were at midnight. So he was always in my corner. 

  • Chelsea LaLa
    8d ago

    You made history when you were nominated for an Emmy 19 times before finally winning the statue for Best Actress. I cried. Can you describe that moment and what it taught you about never giving up? 

    You made history when you were nominated for an Emmy 19 times before finally winning the statue for Best Actress. I cried. Can you describe that moment and what it taught you about never giving up? 

    • Susan Lucci
      8d ago

      First of all I was thrilled to be nominated. It’s a field of very talented people in Daytime working very hard all across the board. It’s a real ensemble. To have that group of professionals that I admired their work so much think that my work was worthy of nomination that many times, year after year, was very thrilling to me. Every year the fans, the people that I work with, the press would be rooting for me. They would let me know and it would amaze me because I knew that I cared very much but I didn’t think that anyone else on the planet would necessarily know or care. So people were really caring and they would say every year, this is your year so I would get very excited. But there were 18 times that I didn’t win. So I am a very hopeful person and I didn’t want to give up on it but I just thought: let me just try to be better every time. Let me try to grow. Let me try to be the best actress I can be. Fortunately, that 19th nomination came after a year of a particularly wonderful storyline and everyone in it wonderful and when I got to Madison Square Garden that year, because Radio City was being renovated. I sat down and Rosie O’Donnell was sitting to my left and my husband was sitting to my right. Rosie O’Donnell leaned over and she said “Susan, when they say your name tonight and you go up onstage hand me your evening bag. Because otherwise you’ll be very excited, you will stand up really fast and you’ll step all over your evening bag and that won’t be pretty. So just give it to me.” So I just said, thankyou Rosie but history has taught me that I am not going up there but thank you. Anyways so when Shemare Moore announced, “The Streak is Over!” And he said my name, I didn’t hear my name. After the 9th time that I didn’t win I would go numb. I think it must have been a self-protective thing, I really don’t know. But I didn’t hear my name and my biggest fear was that they would say my name one day, or I’d think they did, and I would go up and it wasn’t me. So I just sat down and Rosie took my evening bag and my husband picked me up by my elbow and took me to the stage. I whispered to him “are you sure.” And he said “Yes.” When I got on that stage. I didn’t think. Well the night before I finally let myself put together something that I might say on the outside chance that I might win because I had so many people to thank, including my children and Agnes of course. But when I got up there, I didn’t think I could stand, let alone speak. When I saw my peers on their feet and Oprah Winfrey jumping up and down in the wings and Kelly Ripa. It was just amazing to me. and I just thought, I have to thank them I have to thank them. Fortunately Dick Clark gave me the time to thank them because after 19 nominations there were a lot of thankyous to go around. It was thrilling. I’ll never forget it.  

      First of all I was thrilled to be nominated. It’s a field of very talented people in Daytime working very hard all across the board. It’s a real ensemble. To have that group of professionals that I admired their work so much think that my work was worthy of nomination that many times, year after year, was very thrilling to me. Every year the fans, the people that I work with, the press would be rooting for me. They would let me know and it would amaze me because I knew that I cared very much but I didn’t think that anyone else on the planet would necessarily know or care. So people were really caring and they would say every year, this is your year so I would get very excited. But there were 18 times that I didn’t win. So I am a very hopeful person and I didn’t want to give up on it but I just thought: let me just try to be better every time. Let me try to grow. Let me try to be the best actress I can be. Fortunately, that 19th nomination came after a year of a particularly wonderful storyline and everyone in it wonderful and when I got to Madison Square Garden that year, because Radio City was being renovated. I sat down and Rosie O’Donnell was sitting to my left and my husband was sitting to my right. Rosie O’Donnell leaned over and she said “Susan, when they say your name tonight and you go up onstage hand me your evening bag. Because otherwise you’ll be very excited, you will stand up really fast and you’ll step all over your evening bag and that won’t be pretty. So just give it to me.” So I just said, thankyou Rosie but history has taught me that I am not going up there but thank you. Anyways so when Shemare Moore announced, “The Streak is Over!” And he said my name, I didn’t hear my name. After the 9th time that I didn’t win I would go numb. I think it must have been a self-protective thing, I really don’t know. But I didn’t hear my name and my biggest fear was that they would say my name one day, or I’d think they did, and I would go up and it wasn’t me. So I just sat down and Rosie took my evening bag and my husband picked me up by my elbow and took me to the stage. I whispered to him “are you sure.” And he said “Yes.” When I got on that stage. I didn’t think. Well the night before I finally let myself put together something that I might say on the outside chance that I might win because I had so many people to thank, including my children and Agnes of course. But when I got up there, I didn’t think I could stand, let alone speak. When I saw my peers on their feet and Oprah Winfrey jumping up and down in the wings and Kelly Ripa. It was just amazing to me. and I just thought, I have to thank them I have to thank them. Fortunately Dick Clark gave me the time to thank them because after 19 nominations there were a lot of thankyous to go around. It was thrilling. I’ll never forget it.  

  • Stephanie Rose

    Did you experience any inappropriate treatment or sexual assault on the sets of All My Children or during your career? 

    Did you experience any inappropriate treatment or sexual assault on the sets of All My Children or during your career? 

    • Susan Lucci
      8d ago

      I was lucky to work with Agnes Nixon who truly was an artist and was a great storyteller and I got to be the character she told a lot of those great stories through. I was luckier. For me it was more of men coming on to me. I wasn’t forced. I was given some choices. You know, “Come on my private plane to the Bahamas. Leave your husband at home.” You know. So I said And no thank you. You know things like that. So I didn’t experience the horrors that so many women are coming forward now and saying that they experienced. But I am so glad that women are speaking up if they have been victimized.   

      I was lucky to work with Agnes Nixon who truly was an artist and was a great storyteller and I got to be the character she told a lot of those great stories through. I was luckier. For me it was more of men coming on to me. I wasn’t forced. I was given some choices. You know, “Come on my private plane to the Bahamas. Leave your husband at home.” You know. So I said And no thank you. You know things like that. So I didn’t experience the horrors that so many women are coming forward now and saying that they experienced. But I am so glad that women are speaking up if they have been victimized.   

  • Melissa Melissa

    Is there anything you wish you knew about the business before you started acting? 

    Is there anything you wish you knew about the business before you started acting? 

    • Susan Lucci
      7d ago

      Well I knew nothing about the business before I started. LOL! So I kind of learned as I went along. Even when I went from “All My Children” that was shot on tape and video-recorded with multiple cameras all at the same time and editing, very often, as they went somewhat. Then to work with almost no rehearsal, then to go to “Devious Maids” that was shot on film. One camera at a time and one shot at a time. I was learning always. I had a lot to learn. I still do.  

      Well I knew nothing about the business before I started. LOL! So I kind of learned as I went along. Even when I went from “All My Children” that was shot on tape and video-recorded with multiple cameras all at the same time and editing, very often, as they went somewhat. Then to work with almost no rehearsal, then to go to “Devious Maids” that was shot on film. One camera at a time and one shot at a time. I was learning always. I had a lot to learn. I still do.  

  • Carol Christiansen

    You appeared in the 1999 revival of ANNIE Get Your Gun” on Broadway. What’s the biggest difference between acting in Broadway and in television. 

    You appeared in the 1999 revival of ANNIE Get Your Gun” on Broadway. What’s the biggest difference between acting in Broadway and in television. 

    • Susan Lucci
      7d ago

      Well Broadway is live for one thing and you have the live audience there as well and that’s when I started taking voice lessons. After I won the Emmy a number of things happened I got the cover Cigar Afficionado. I was on the cover of “People.” And during those interviews I was asked what I would like to do. And Broadway was certainly one of them. I grew up in New York. Broadway is IT! And for an actor to appear live on stage and this is “Annie Get Your Gun.” Again I was offered the part of Annie Oakley. Not an ethnic part. So I was thrilled but I also knew that I had a lot to learn. So I was fortunate, because I was going to be on Broadway. And then auditioning. The Producers offered me the part but I wanted them to know what they were getting into because I had not been on Broadway. Let alone play Annie Oakley in “Annie Get Your Gun.” So I auditioned for them at their apartment and they told me on the spot, “Oh you’ve got it.” That never happens. Usually you have to wait for a call so I was thrilled beyond belief. Then I started rehearsals about 6 months before I went into the show and then I continued for several years after and then I toured with Regis Philbin around the country at different concert halls, theaters and nightclubs. I was told at the time by the Director that the audience becomes a third character. You really do feel their presence. You’re in the moment but they are reacting. 

      Well Broadway is live for one thing and you have the live audience there as well and that’s when I started taking voice lessons. After I won the Emmy a number of things happened I got the cover Cigar Afficionado. I was on the cover of “People.” And during those interviews I was asked what I would like to do. And Broadway was certainly one of them. I grew up in New York. Broadway is IT! And for an actor to appear live on stage and this is “Annie Get Your Gun.” Again I was offered the part of Annie Oakley. Not an ethnic part. So I was thrilled but I also knew that I had a lot to learn. So I was fortunate, because I was going to be on Broadway. And then auditioning. The Producers offered me the part but I wanted them to know what they were getting into because I had not been on Broadway. Let alone play Annie Oakley in “Annie Get Your Gun.” So I auditioned for them at their apartment and they told me on the spot, “Oh you’ve got it.” That never happens. Usually you have to wait for a call so I was thrilled beyond belief. Then I started rehearsals about 6 months before I went into the show and then I continued for several years after and then I toured with Regis Philbin around the country at different concert halls, theaters and nightclubs. I was told at the time by the Director that the audience becomes a third character. You really do feel their presence. You’re in the moment but they are reacting. 

  • Alana Ada
    8d ago

     You serve as an Ambassador for the National Women's Museum in Washington, DC. The National Museum of Women in the Arts, is "the only major museum in the world solely dedicated" to celebrating women’s achievements in the visual, performing, and literary arts. How did you get involved and why should every woman travel to this museum?

     You serve as an Ambassador for the National Women's Museum in Washington, DC. The National Museum of Women in the Arts, is "the only major museum in the world solely dedicated" to celebrating women’s achievements in the visual, performing, and literary arts. How did you get involved and why should every woman travel to this museum?

    • Susan Lucci
      7d ago

      Well I was asked to be involved. I couldn’t believe that there wasn’t one already. Can you imagine? We are well into the 21st Century and heaven knows women have achieved great things. So I was thrilled to be asked to be apart of it. So I signed up. 

      Well I was asked to be involved. I couldn’t believe that there wasn’t one already. Can you imagine? We are well into the 21st Century and heaven knows women have achieved great things. So I was thrilled to be asked to be apart of it. So I signed up. 

  • Mishon Grimes
    8d ago

    In 2011 You released the New York Times bestselling autobiography, "All My Life" with Harper Collins. Was it hard? Any tips for a wannabe author also hoping to make the NYT Best Sellers List. 

    In 2011 You released the New York Times bestselling autobiography, "All My Life" with Harper Collins. Was it hard? Any tips for a wannabe author also hoping to make the NYT Best Sellers List. 

    • Susan Lucci
      7d ago

      Well that was my first experience too. I had not written a book before. They always say write about something you know about. So it was a memoir. My life. So I knew about the subject matter. But what was great, or more importantly was that I wrote it with somebody. She put it in a great format for me to open up and tell my story because it was in interview format. It was in depth. It took five or six hours a day for about three months and it was very emotional. But it was very constructive for me because she would ask me questions. And I thought, ok this is what people are interested in and that gave me permission to open up and tell my story so that was a great format for me. When Harper Collins, the publishers of my book, told me that they were going to be taking over a Trinitron in Times Square with the cover of my book for everyone to see and that it would be up there for a month! I asked my husband to drive me to Times Square and pull over so I could take a picture. That’s an amazing experience in someone’s life. So I was very grateful to Harper Collins for doing that. And the other aspect is, you are afraid when you launch the book that no one will come. We launched it Barnes and Noble on Fifth Avenue. And I thought, “Well if nobody comes then what?!” And it turned out that people were lined up around the block. Thank heavens. And it gave me a chance as I went around the country on the book tour to meet people personally and talk to people. Like in the Mall of America in Minneapolis.  

      Well that was my first experience too. I had not written a book before. They always say write about something you know about. So it was a memoir. My life. So I knew about the subject matter. But what was great, or more importantly was that I wrote it with somebody. She put it in a great format for me to open up and tell my story because it was in interview format. It was in depth. It took five or six hours a day for about three months and it was very emotional. But it was very constructive for me because she would ask me questions. And I thought, ok this is what people are interested in and that gave me permission to open up and tell my story so that was a great format for me. When Harper Collins, the publishers of my book, told me that they were going to be taking over a Trinitron in Times Square with the cover of my book for everyone to see and that it would be up there for a month! I asked my husband to drive me to Times Square and pull over so I could take a picture. That’s an amazing experience in someone’s life. So I was very grateful to Harper Collins for doing that. And the other aspect is, you are afraid when you launch the book that no one will come. We launched it Barnes and Noble on Fifth Avenue. And I thought, “Well if nobody comes then what?!” And it turned out that people were lined up around the block. Thank heavens. And it gave me a chance as I went around the country on the book tour to meet people personally and talk to people. Like in the Mall of America in Minneapolis.  

  • Lizzie Lordes
    8d ago

    You have been famous for over 50 years and people probably think they know everything about you. What would surprise Moguls to learn about you?

    You have been famous for over 50 years and people probably think they know everything about you. What would surprise Moguls to learn about you?

    • Susan Lucci
      7d ago

      I do love to eat a lot. A lot of people say, “Do you eat?” Yes I eat and I am surprised they say that because I love to eat. I don’t want to miss a meal. My husband is always teasing me that I talk about dinner at breakfast. I really do. I love to eat. Although I do eat healthy but I do love it. It might also surprise people that I speak a little German but that’s my husband is Austrian. His entire family is still in Europe. And then I went to Berlitz a couple nights a week for several sessions so that I could at least understand something. So I wouldn’t just be like a puppy dog sitting there nodding and smiling with his family.  

      I do love to eat a lot. A lot of people say, “Do you eat?” Yes I eat and I am surprised they say that because I love to eat. I don’t want to miss a meal. My husband is always teasing me that I talk about dinner at breakfast. I really do. I love to eat. Although I do eat healthy but I do love it. It might also surprise people that I speak a little German but that’s my husband is Austrian. His entire family is still in Europe. And then I went to Berlitz a couple nights a week for several sessions so that I could at least understand something. So I wouldn’t just be like a puppy dog sitting there nodding and smiling with his family.  

  • Annie J
    8d ago

    You have been a huge advocate of PILATES. Is that how you stay in shape?

    You have been a huge advocate of PILATES. Is that how you stay in shape?

    • Susan Lucci
      7d ago

      Many people might know I have been associated on QVC with the Pilate Pro Chair which I love It provides results and it saves time because you get a cardio workout at the same time. So you are sculpting your body but you are also toning at the same time and you are getting you heart rate up. It’s good for your brain too and I need all my wits about me. And of course you are what you eat. I believe that. Sometimes I’m Linguini. But I follow mostly a Mediterranean diet of mostly fresh fruits, vegetables and then a little fish. And then sometimes I need Rigatoni but it’s not that often so it’s a balancing act too. But mainly organic fruits, vegetables and fish. Finally I think we all need to say thank you to our parents for genetics and then it’s up to us to take the best care of ourselves that we can.  

      Many people might know I have been associated on QVC with the Pilate Pro Chair which I love It provides results and it saves time because you get a cardio workout at the same time. So you are sculpting your body but you are also toning at the same time and you are getting you heart rate up. It’s good for your brain too and I need all my wits about me. And of course you are what you eat. I believe that. Sometimes I’m Linguini. But I follow mostly a Mediterranean diet of mostly fresh fruits, vegetables and then a little fish. And then sometimes I need Rigatoni but it’s not that often so it’s a balancing act too. But mainly organic fruits, vegetables and fish. Finally I think we all need to say thank you to our parents for genetics and then it’s up to us to take the best care of ourselves that we can.  

  • Danica
    8d ago

    Looking back at your iconic character, what do you think about the role that she has and the impact she has made on society today? 

    Looking back at your iconic character, what do you think about the role that she has and the impact she has made on society today? 

    • Susan Lucci
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      8d ago

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    • Susan Lucci
      8d ago

      Well no one was more surprised then I was at the role that she seems to have had in our culture and the wonderful influence that she’s had on so many other women and girls. So many people have stopped me that come from other countries that told me they learned how to speak English watching Erica Kane. So then I wonder if we have a country full of divas? What language did they learn. It is very very meaningful to me and when I started playing Erica as a 15-year-old naughty girl, I thought ‘this is the naughty girl in town.’ But there was so much behind that naughtiness that I saw and loved. And Agnes Nixon was really ahead of her time because she wrote this character. And the character was really a character OF HER TIME. It really was the beginning of women, I guess, really just standing up for themselves. I just thought no one would really get her. I did. I loved her but it was such a surprise to me that beyond the naughtiness of the character people saw her spirit. They saw her spunk. They saw her determination and that really amazed me when women’s magazines would come and they wanted to interview me because I played Erica Kane and they would say I was a very positive influence on women. I really never imagined that but I feel very proud of that. 

      Well no one was more surprised then I was at the role that she seems to have had in our culture and the wonderful influence that she’s had on so many other women and girls. So many people have stopped me that come from other countries that told me they learned how to speak English watching Erica Kane. So then I wonder if we have a country full of divas? What language did they learn. It is very very meaningful to me and when I started playing Erica as a 15-year-old naughty girl, I thought ‘this is the naughty girl in town.’ But there was so much behind that naughtiness that I saw and loved. And Agnes Nixon was really ahead of her time because she wrote this character. And the character was really a character OF HER TIME. It really was the beginning of women, I guess, really just standing up for themselves. I just thought no one would really get her. I did. I loved her but it was such a surprise to me that beyond the naughtiness of the character people saw her spirit. They saw her spunk. They saw her determination and that really amazed me when women’s magazines would come and they wanted to interview me because I played Erica Kane and they would say I was a very positive influence on women. I really never imagined that but I feel very proud of that. 


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As the most famous face in daytime television history, Susan Lucci held audiences spellbound as the sexy, sassy, beautiful, “woman you love to hate,” Erica Kane on ABC-TV’s, ALL MY CHILDREN. In May 1999, on her 19th nomination, she won the Emmy Award for “Best Actress” -- a well-documented historic [...]

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