All My Life: A Memoir

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All My Life: A Memoir

Format:  Hardcover,

322 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Mar 2011

ISBN-13: 9780062061843

ISBN-10: 0062061844

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"See that moon up there? You can reach that high. Never be afraid because you can be anything you want to be."

Susan Lucci was only five years old when her father shared these encouraging words with her. They inspired the highly imaginative child who loved make-believe to craft one of the most enduring characters in television history, an achievement that would earn her a record twenty-one Emmy nominations--the most for an actor in the award's history--and the crown as "Leading Lady of Daytime."

When Lucci and All My Children 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, this very private actress, wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, friend, and entrepreneur pulls back the curtain to reveal her story.

Susan, like Erica Kane, has undergone a metamorphosis many times. All My Life shares the stories of those transformations: starring in roles on television and stage, where she took Broadway not just by storm but "by tsunami" as one critic raved about her performance in Annie Get Your Gun; mounting successful cabaret acts (solo and with Regis Philbin); bringing art and joy back to New York in the wake of 9/11; conquering the tango with Tony Dovolani on ABC's hit show Dancing with the Stars; and building a successful career as an entrepreneur with a signature line of products.

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 nearly took away her career and her eyesight, her newborn son's life-threatening illness, coping with her husband's cancer, and the pain of miscarriage--one of the many parallels between her Erica Kane.

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 and reminds us of the power of dreams and how we can find the courage and tenacity to make them come true.

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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Mar 2011
ISBN-13: 9780062061843
ISBN-10: 0062061844
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 322
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.2
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.25 x 1.2

About the author

Biography of Lucci, Susan

Susan Lucci was born in Scarsdale, New York on December 23, 1946. She attended Garden City High School in Garden City, New York, graduating in 1964. She then attended Marymount College at Fordham University and graduated with a BA degree in drama in 1968. Susan Lucci is best known for playing Erica Kane on the ABC television soap opera All My Children, on which she has appeared since the show's inception on January 5, 1970. She is the only original cast member remaining on the series.

Lucci was nominated for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy for her work on All My Children almost every year since 1978. After 18 failed nominations, she finally won in 1999. Lucci has appeared in a number of television shows and television films. In 1990, she began a series of guest spots on the nighttime soap opera Dallas. She hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live in October of that year.

In 1995, Lucci appeared in the Lifetime television film Ebbie. This film was an updated version of A Christmas Carol. Lucci played a Scrooge-like department store owner visited by Marley and the three ghosts on Christmas. In February 2011, Lucci appeared on the television series Hot in Cleveland playing herself, the arch rival of Wendy Malick's character. She has also won several other awards such as a Gracie Allan Award for Outstanding Female Lead in a Daytime Drama for All My Children, a Lucy Award for Women in Film and An American Academy of Achievement Award. She has also authored some books - the most recent is entitled All My Life which made the Publisher's Weekly Best Seller List.

Chapter outline

Introduction: The Streak Is Overp. vii
Born to Performp. 1
Marymount Collegep. 27
You're Too Ethnic-Lookingp. 35
Hello, New Yorkp. 51
The Early Days of All My Childrenp. 67
Being Erica Kanep. 79
Blended Livesp. 93
From All My Children to All of My Childrenp. 107
Annie Get Your Gunp. 133
Life Is a Cabaretp. 153
The Cycle of Lifep. 169
Celebrationsp. 181
That Elusive Emmyp. 209
The Inner Sanctump. 231
Dancing with the Starsp. 243
Africap. 263
Good-bye, New Yorkp. 271
Looking Back to Go Forwardp. 293
A Fan Letter to My Fansp. 311
My Favorite Thingsp. 312
Acknowledgmentsp. 319

Book description

"See that moon up there?

You can reach that high.

Never be afraid because you can be anything you want to be".

Susan Lucci was only five years old when her father shared these encouraging words with her. They inspired the highly imaginative child who loved make-believe to craft one of the most enduring characters in television history, an achievement that would earn her a record twenty-one Emmy nominations—the most for an actor in the award's history—and the crown as "Leading Lady of Daytime".

When Lucci and All My Children 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, this very private actress, wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, friend, and entrepreneur pulls back the curtain to reveal her story.

Susan, like Erica Kane, has undergone a metamorphosis many times. All My Life shares the stories of those transformations: starring in roles on television and stage, where she took Broadway not just by storm but "by tsunami" as one critic raved about her performance in Annie Get Your Gun; mounting successful cabaret acts (solo and with Regis Philbin); bringing art and joy back to New York in the wake of 9/11; conquering the tango with Tony Dovolani on ABC's hit show Dancing with the Stars; and building a successful career as an entrepreneur with a signature line of products.

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 nearly took away her career and her eyesight, her newborn son's life-threatening illness, coping with her husband's cancer, and the pain of miscarriage—one of the many parallels between her Erica Kane.

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 and reminds us of the power of dreams and how we can find the courage and tenacity to make them come true.

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