In her autobiography, Susan Lucci recounts her career on "All My Children" and her personal life off-camera.
The autobiography gives readers an intimate look into her life as a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, philanthropist, entrepreneur and iconic actress.
In addition to speaking at the Union League of Chicago on Friday, April 1, Lucci will read from and sign copies of her book in Naperville at 7 p.m. Friday.
Book signing information:
Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center at North Central College
171 E. Chicago Ave
Tickets are required and cost $26. Call Anderson's Bookshop 630-355-2665 or visit andersonsbookshop.com
When Susan Lucci and "All My Childre"n were introduced to the world in 1971, American television changed forever. Susan's character, the beautiful, spirited, and mercurial Erica Kane, was an original -- the first vixen viewers loved to hate. But while millions have enjoyed getting to know Erica's many sides -- and have been awed at how this character has continually remade herself -- the woman who plays her has remained a mystery.
In her long-awaited memoir, "All My Life" (It Books; on-sale March 29, 2011; $25.99) this very private actress, wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, friend and entrepreneur pulls back the curtain to reveal her story. Warm, candid and inviting, "All My Life" chronicles Susan's journey from growing up on Long Island to playing Erica Kane and from finding true love to living that "Cinderella moment" when she finally won her Emmy, bringing the world to its feet in celebration.
- Susan goes beyond her success to talk about the darker moments, too, including:
- The childhood guilt she harbored over the death of her dear grandmother
- The car accident that almost took away her career and eyesight
- Her newborn son's life-threatening illness
- Coping with her husband's cancer
- The pain of miscarriage -- one of many parallels between her and her character, Erica Kane.
"All My Life" is filled with romantic, poignant, funny, and illuminating vignettes: how the legendary Marvin Hamlisch prepared Susan for her first major musical audition; her unforgettable Iditarod adventure; why one of her closest family members stopped voting for her on Dancing with the Stars; and her deeply moving experiences with Feed the Children in Africa.
Throughout, Susan introduces the people whose love and support have nurtured her passions and ambitions and kept her grounded -- especially her husband of forty-one years, Helmut Huber, who is also her manager. Not only has Helmut been there with her every step of the way, he's also saved her life, not once but twice.
As charming, down-to-earth, and compelling as the woman whose story it tells, "All My Life" shines a spotlight on one of our most popular stars as never before and reminds us of the power of dreams and how we can find the courage and tenacity to make them come true.
About the author:
Susan Lucci won the Emmy award for best actress for her role as Erica Kane on ABC's "All My Children" in May 1999, garnered her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame six years later in January 2005, and was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2006.
Among her many honors, she was named one of VH-1's "200 Top Icons of all Time," one of E! Entertainment's "The Top Entertainers of the Year," and one of Barbara Walters's "Ten Most Fascinating People." She was also the only daytime actress to ever have won the People's Choice Award.
In addition, Susan has participated on "Dancing with the Stars," hosted Saturday Night Live, guest-starred in series on ABC and the Disney Channel, and starred in numerous television movies. Ms. Lucci's career also extends to theater and cabaret.
In addition she has performed solo in her own nightclub act and with Regis Philbin before sold-out crowds nationwide.
In 1999 she made her triumphant Broadway debut starring as Annie Oakley in the revival of Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun."
She is also a successful entrepreneur with her own signature line of beauty, jewelry, and fitness products which are sold on Home Shopping Network. She lives in Garden City, N.Y., with her Husband Helmut Huber.