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Susan Lucci: Much more than just a soap star

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Susan Lucci is much more than the evil Erica Kane - the "woman you love to hate" from the long-running and wildly popular daytime soap opera 'General Hospital.'

Lucci just happens to be the single original cast member on 'All My Children,' a soap that began in 1970. She is also famous for the very fact that she was snubbed by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, 18 times, when they failed to recognize her with a prestigious Emmy award. This omission was made even worse by the fact that the press repetitively announced that the "Queen of Daytime Television" had no crown. Even with the humiliation of her 18 Daytime Emmy losses, Lucci graciously persevered, and had the last laugh, when in 1999, the slights finally ended with an Emmy win, and later, when she was ceremoniously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Lucci, a native New Yorker, was born on December 23, 1946, to Jeanette and Victor Lucci. Her early years were fairly uneventful, but she was not willing to be just a beautiful woman, and so made her mark as a learned young lady, and graduated from Marymount College in 1968. She became the bride of Helmut Huber the following year, and later became the mother of Andreas and actress Liza Huber.

In addition to her skills as an actress, Lucci can also carry a mighty-fine tune, and has used her brains and college education to become a stand-out entrepreneur, with ventures such as a successful line of hair care products (Susan Lucci Collection) and a fragrance line that includes Susan Lucci Invitation and the light and airy LaLucci. She also markets jewelry, shoes, lingerie and accessories.

Lucci also made it to the ranks of reality television with her season seven stint on 'Dancing with the Stars," where she partnered with Tony Dovolani and lost the competition when she was just shy of becoming one of the final five remaining stars.

In 2011, Lucci added author to her long list of achievements, after penning 'All My Life: A Memoir,' and she landed the familiar role of Erica Kane on the break-out sitcom 'Hot in Cleveland,' but nothing she has done in life is as impressive as making a marriage work for 40 plus years, while living in the land of stardom.



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