Webster’s Dictionary defines a siren as “an alluring beautiful woman, insidiously or deceptively enticing or seductive to men, a temptress.” This ideally described actress Susan Lucci called the “Siren of the Soaps (or Suds)” for her role as the vixen, Erica Kane on daytime soap opera ALL MY CHILDREN/ABC/1970-2011.
Lucci’s character played a modern day Scarlett O’Hara, who was the most charming woman you could ever want to meet, as long as you didn’t get in the way of the things she wanted (like poisoning an actress who beat her out of a movie role).
Over the years, Susan Lucci has received several Emmy nominations for her role as the woman you just love to hate. In 1999, after 19 nominations Susan Lucci won an Emmy for the Best Actress category for her portrayal of Erica Kane.
Her previous awards included a Best Soap Actress win in a 1985 People magazine poll, and a 1989 Soap Opera Digest Editors Award for an “outstanding contribution to daytime television.”
Note: In addition to her work on ALL MY CHILDREN, Lucci guest-starred on the prime-time soap opera DALLAS during the 1990s and has appeared in a number of TV movies, including Lady Mobster, Mafia Princess and Secret Passions. In 1999, she starred on Broadway in the revival of Annie Get Your Gun. Lucci also competed on the reality series DANCING WITH THE STARS.
Susan Lucci appeared at herself on the situation comedy HOT IN CLEVELAND/TV LAND/2010-2015 as the chief rival and sworn enemy of actress Victoria Chase, (Wendi Mallick) a six-time-divorced, Daytime Emmy and Oscar Award-winning soap opera star who is famous for playing the lead role of Honor St. Raven in the 27-year running show, EDGE OF TOMORROW. (Victoria named her three children after entertainment awards – Emmy, Oscar and Tony).
Lucci’s life is chronicled in her memoir “All My Life.”