On December 23, 1946 Susan Lucci was born. She is an actress, television host, author, and businesswoman, but yet the titled she is best known for is being “Daytime’s Leading Lady.” She is best known for portraying Erica Kane on ABC’s daytime drama “All My Children” for 41 years. The character of Erica Kane is considered to be an icon, while making Lucci the highest paid actor in daytime television history. She has received a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame, an Emmy for her work, as well as being ranked as one of the Greatest TV Stars of All Time by TV Guide and VH1.
Lucci is infamously known for being nominated the greatest amount of times for an Emmy without ever a win. She was nominated 18 consecutive times for a Daytime Emmy for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series” without ever winning until her 19th nomination in 1999 when she finally won. When finally winning, she received a standing ovation, with many of those in attendance (e.g. Oprah, Kelly Rippa, Rosie O’Donnell) cheering and weeping for her.
Susan Lucci winning the 1999 Daytime Emmy for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama”:
Besides an extensive television career, she has also founded of “The Susan Lucci Collection,” a range of hair and skin care products and perfumes, as well as endorsing “Malibu Pilates.” As of 2013, she stars on the Lifetime television series, “Devious Maids.”