Susan Lucci Opens Up in Oprah Special

Susan Lucci at Bay Street Theatre's Rock the Dock
Susan Lucci at Bay Street Theatre's Rock the Dock 2013. Photo credit: Kelly Laffey

Soap opera icon and Hamptonite Susan Lucci recently appeared on Oprah: Where Are They Now? to discuss her life and career post-All My Children.

In the episode, Lucci discusses how she learned of the long-running show’s cancellation, noting that she was “blindsided” by the announcement and found out only minutes before the news went public. Lucci also talks about her new gig as Genevieve Delatour in the Lifetime series Devious Maids and how fans now recognize her as both Genevieve and her All My Children character, Erica Kane. Lucci played the role of Erica Kane for the entirety of All My Children’s run, from 1970-2011, but didn’t appear in the short-lived Prospect Park-produced reboot of the series, which aired on Hulu in 2013 and was shelved due to low viewership and lack of funding. Prospect Park also produces the Hamptons medical dramedy Royal Pains. Lucci will next be seen in season 2 of Devious Maids.

The owner of a gorgeous home in Quogue, Lucci grew up in Garden City and has often been seen out and about in various Hamptons hotspots. In July 2013, she hosted Bay Street Theatre’s annual Rock the Dock fundraiser in Sag Harbor. During her 41-year run on All My Children, Lucci won one Daytime Emmy for Lead Actress for her performance in a story in which her character’s young daughter, Bianca, struggled with anorexia, forcing the glamorous Erica to “grow up” and be a better mother. Luckily, Lucci’s real life is not nearly as dramatic; she has been married to Helmut Huber for 44 years and has two kids, actress Liza and aspiring professional golfer Andreas.

Were you a fan of Lucci on All My Children? Will you be tuning into the new season of Devious Maids? Let us know in the comments.

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