Susan Lucci

Actress


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About this interview

In her two-and-a-half-hour Archive interview, Susan Lucci talks about her early life and her drive to pursue acting. She describes her audition to play "Erica Kane" on Agnes Nixon's then-new daytime drama All My Children, and recalls how the show and her character immediately resonated with viewers and became an enormous hit for ABC. She chronicles the many aspects of "Erica Kane" including her fashion, career, motherhood, and many loves. She discusses some of the famous storylines of All My Children and the development of her character over 30+ years. She details her long Daytime Emmy losing streak, her fans' reaction to it, and how she dealt with losing year after year. Lucci speaks of the triumphant night she finally won the Daytime Emmy, and what it meant to her and to her many fans. She talks about the end of All My Children and her projects since, including competing on Dancing with the Stars, several made-for-television movies, and the series Devious Maids. Karen Herman conducted the interview on April 21, 2013 in Atlanta, GA.

"My husband picked me up by my elbow and took me over to the stage. Shemar Moore gave me the Emmy. And when I turned around and I saw the whole room on their feet…I didn't even know if I could speak let alone remember a speech! I'll never forget that as long as I live. It was an amazing, amazing moment."

Highlights
Susan Lucci on breaking her Emmy losing streak in 1999
03:49
Susan Lucci on auditioning for the character of "Erica Kane" on All My Children  and finding out she got the part
01:55
Susan Lucci on the villainous aspects of her All My Children  character "Erica Kane"
02:58
Susan Lucci on All My Children's  controversial abortion storyline
01:57
Susan Lucci on her advice to aspiring actors
00:45
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On her early life and influences; on television she watched growing up; on her early interest in acting
On her early television experience; on being cast as "Erica Kane" on All My Children; on her initial feeling about being cast on a daytime drama
On taping the first few episodes of All My Children; on her All My Children character "Erica Kane"; on the popularity of the show and working with show creator Agnes Nixon
On "Erica Kane's" love life, fashions, career, and role as a mother; on the producers of All My Children; on memorizing scripts and rehearsing for the show

Chapter 2

On the standout storylines of All My Children; on the villainous aspects of "Erica Kane"
On All My Children being in production on 9/11 and her reaction to it; on her fans; on her Emmy losing streak
On finally winning the Emmy; on the end of All My Children; on the possibility of her appearing on the online version of All My Children
On the longevity of her All My Children character "Erica Kane"; on various made-for-television movies she appeared in which she appeared; on acting on Dallas 

Chapter 3

On her relationship with ABC; on competing on Dancing With the Stars; on guest-starring on Hot in Cleveland 
On appearing on Broadway in "Annie Get Your Gun" and her cabaret act; on appearing on the series Army Wives
On appearing on the series Deadly Affairs and Devious Maids; on how television has changed during her career; on career highlights and regrets and advice to aspiring actors
Shows

All My Children

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Susan Lucci on being cast as "Erica Kane" on All My Children
03:52
Susan Lucci on auditioning for the character of "Erica Kane" on All My Children and finding out she got the part
01:55
Susan Lucci on her feelings about being cast in a daytime drama
03:05
Susan Lucci on taping the first few episodes of All My Children
06:10
Susan Lucci on her All My Children character "Erica Kane" 
03:23
Susan Lucci on her All My Children character "Erica Kane" being a breakout character and the popularity of the show
00:59
Susan Lucci on working with show creator Agnes Nixon on All My Children
03:44
Susan Lucci on the writing of her All My Children character "Erica Kane"
03:05
Susan Lucci on the love life of her All My Children character "Erica Kane"
02:47
Susan Lucci on taping intimate scenes for All My Children
01:33
Susan Lucci on her All My Children character "Erica Kane's" sense of fashion
01:23
Susan Lucci on her All My Children character "Erica Kane's" career and motherhood
01:52
Susan Lucci on the producers of All My Children and shooting on location
03:22
Susan Lucci on receiving and learning her All My Children scripts and the rehearsal process
02:26
Susan Lucci on the standout storylines for her All My Children character "Erica Kane"
02:57
Susan Lucci on her character "Erica Kane's" drug addiction storyline on All My Children
02:17
Susan Lucci on All My Children's  controversial abortion storyline
01:57
Susan Lucci on the coming out of "Erica Kane's" daughter storyline on All My Children
03:12
Susan Lucci on the villainous aspects of her All My Children character "Erica Kane"
02:58
Susan Lucci on All My Children being in production on 9/11 and her reaction to it
07:02
Susan Lucci on her All My Children fan and their reaction to her Emmy experiences
03:26
Susan Lucci on her notorious Emmy losing streak
05:47
Susan Lucci on breaking her Emmy losing streak in 1999
03:49
Susan Lucci on the end of All My Children
05:59
Susan Lucci on taping the final episodes of All My Children
02:41
Susan Lucci on the prospect of her appearing on the online version of All My Children
01:08
Susan Lucci on the longevity of her All My Children character "Erica Kane"
03:23
Susan Lucci on being able to do projects outside of All My Children
00:53
Susan Lucci on her relationship with ABC
01:37

Dallas

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Susan Lucci on her six-episode stint on Dallas and working in nighttime vs. daytime soaps
05:13

Dancing With the Stars

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Susan Lucci on competing on Dancing With the Stars
06:05

Emmy Awards, The (Primetime and Daytime)

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Susan Lucci on breaking her Emmy losing streak in 1999
03:49

Hot in Cleveland

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Susan Lucci on guest-starring on Hot in Cleveland
02:29

Saturday Night Live

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Susan Lucci on guest-hosting Saturday Night Live
05:30
Topics

9/11

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Susan Lucci on All My Children  being in production on 9/11 and her reaction to it
07:02

Advice

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Susan Lucci on good advice she's received as an actor
01:00
Susan Lucci on her advice to aspiring actors
00:45

Characters & Catchphrases

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Susan Lucci on her All My Children character "Erica Kane" 
03:23

Creative Influences and Inspiration

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Susan Lucci on good advice she's received as an actor
01:00

Emmy Awards

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Susan Lucci on her All My Children  fans and their reaction to her Emmy experiences
03:26
Susan Lucci on her notorious Emmy losing streak
05:47
Susan Lucci on breaking her Emmy losing streak in 1999
04:09

First Big Break

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Susan Lucci on auditioning for the character of "Erica Kane" on All My Children and finding out she got the part
01:55

Historic Events and Social Change

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Susan Lucci on the coming out of "Erica Kane's" daughter storyline on All My Children
03:12
Susan Lucci on her character "Erica Kane's" drug addiction storyline on All My Children
02:17
Susan Lucci on All My Children's  controversial abortion storyline
01:57
Susan Lucci on All My Children  being in production on 9/11 and her reaction to it
07:02

LGBTQ

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Susan Lucci on the coming out of "Erica Kane's" daughter storyline on All My Children
03:12

Memorable Moments on Television

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Susan Lucci on breaking her Emmy losing streak in 1999
04:09

Pivotal Career Moments

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Susan Lucci on auditioning for the character of "Erica Kane" on All My Children and finding out she got the part
01:55

Pop Culture

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Susan Lucci on her All My Children character "Erica Kane" 
03:23

Technological Innovation

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Susan Lucci on how the television industry and technology have changed since she started her career
01:59

Television Industry

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Susan Lucci on good advice she's received as an actor
01:00
Susan Lucci on her advice to aspiring actors
00:45
Susan Lucci on how the television industry and technology have changed since she started her career
01:59

We Celebrated

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Susan Lucci on breaking her Emmy losing streak in 1999
04:09
Professions

Actress

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Susan Lucci on receiving and learning her All My Children  scripts and the rehearsal process
02:26
Susan Lucci on good advice she's received as an actor
01:00
Susan Lucci on her advice to aspiring actors
00:45

Performers

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Susan Lucci on receiving and learning her All My Children  scripts and the rehearsal process
02:26
Susan Lucci on good advice she's received as an actor
01:00
Susan Lucci on her advice to aspiring actors
00:45
Genres

Daytime/Primetime Serials

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Susan Lucci on playing "Erica Kane" on All My Children
39:36
Susan Lucci on playing "Erica Kane" on All My Children
46:36

Music Shows & Variety Shows/Specials

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Susan Lucci on guest hosting Saturday Night Live
04:10

Reality TV

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Susan Lucci on competing on Dancing With the Stars
06:05
People

David Canary

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Susan Lucci on the love life of her All My Children character "Erica Kane"
02:47

Henry Kaplan

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Susan Lucci on taping the first few episodes of All My Children
06:10

Agnes Nixon

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Susan Lucci on working with show creator Agnes Nixon on All My Children
03:44
Susan Lucci on the end of All My Children
05:59

Ruth Warrick

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Susan Lucci on taping the first few episodes of All My Children
06:10

Betty White

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Susan Lucci on guest-starring on Hot in Cleveland
02:29

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