50 Greatest Soap Actresses: #20 Susan Lucci

NAME: Susan Lucci
RANK: 20
SOAP ROLES: Erica Kane, ALL MY CHILDREN (1970-present); Hillary Taylor, DALLAS (1990-1991); LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING (1967)

AWARDS:
2005 Awarded Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
2005 Gracie Allen Award win for Outstanding Female Lead in a Daytime Drama
2005 Made in New York win in recognition of 35 years on AMC
2005 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Favorite Couple
2002 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
2001 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1999 Daytime Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1998 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1997 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1996 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1995 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1994 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1994 Women in Film Lucy Award win
1993 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1993 Soap Opera Digest Award win for Outstanding Lead Actress
1992 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1992 People's Choice Award win for Favorite Female Performer in a Daytime Serial
1992 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Best Love Story: Daytime or Prime Time
1991 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1990 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1989 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1989 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Favorite Super Couple: Daytime
1988 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1988 Soap Opera Digest Award win for Editor's Choice - Daytime
1987 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1986 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1986 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor/Actress to the Form of Continuing Drama who is currently on a Daytime Serial
1985 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1984 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
1983 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
1982 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
1981 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
1978 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series

COMMENTS FROM THE PANEL:
Connie Passalacqua Hayman (Marlena De Lacroix): Throughout the 70s and 80s no one rivaled Susan's sheer star power and sizzle as Erica Kane on ALL MY CHILDREN. Comedy and camp incarnate! That well-deserved Emmy and the rocky public 19-year road to it is the best definition of true character I have ever seen. Plus, Lucci has graciously represented and legitimized daytime soap opera to an oft hostile outside entertainment world for forty years.

Jonathan Reiner: She was only supposed to be one every other Tuesday (it’s from her Emmy speech, folks).

Alan Carter: Not many characters could face down a gorilla, Nazis (even less believable actually than the gorilla), a dozen husbands, four times as many lovers, her put-upon mother and the father she spent years trying to know...and make it look so elegant. Or sexy.

Damon L. Jacobs:  The epitome of style, grace, humor, and durability, all wrapped up into one fierce package. She is even more radiant in person than she appears on screen.  When I saw her perform a scene from 40 years ago last weekend with Agnes Nixon, it truly hit me that Lucci is not only an international star, but also a superb actress who makes her onscreen work appear deceptively simple.  

COMMENTS FROM CO-STARS/CO-WORKERS/INDUSTRY:
Rebecca Budig: (works with Lucci on AMC) Class. She's got class.

Daniel Hugh Kelly: (worked with Lucci on AMC) As gracious and kind as she is unassuming and talented. Outgoing to all, friendly and accommodating, both beautiful and professional, Susan is as good as it gets in our business. Generous to a fault, she is one of the nicest actresses I have ever met, and extremely easy to work with. And she is very, very good. No question she should have won many more awards, but it's not what she's about, which is why she is so loved.

Ian Buchanan: (worked with Lucci on AMC) Susan Lucci as Erica Kane? Two words. Scarlett O'Hara!

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful and talented yet never quite gets her. Number twenty?? Are you joking - top ten easily.

    Ty

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