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All My Life Unabridged: A Memoir [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Susan Lucci
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March 29 2011

The most famous face in daytime drama history, Susan Lucci has held audiences spellbound for years as Erica Kane on ABC-TV’s All My Children—the sexy, sassy, beautiful “woman you love to hate.” Now, in this long awaited autobiography, she holds readers captive as the feisty, funny, authentic “woman you love to love.” In the tradition of Julie Andrews’ Home, Jane Fonda’s My Life So Far, Barbara Walters’ Audition, and other enthralling autobiographies from female icons of our time, the award-winning soap opera star’s memoir of a life in the spotlight is sure to inspire, uplift, charm and surprise readers as they finally get to know the Susan Lucci her friends, family and colleagues love and know.

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“A rich celebration of life ...Loving and candid, as the best family stories are.” (Kirkus Reviews )

“With eloquence, deep feeling and altruism, Ginsberg depicts the life of her family entertaining as a novel.” (Publishers Weekly )

“A big-hearted look at the ties that bind and the bonds that break and mend again.” (Elle ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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When Susan 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. But while millions have enjoyed getting to know Erica's many sides, the woman who plays her has remained a mystery.

In her long-awaited memoir, this very private entertainment icon pulls back the curtain to reveal her own story. Warm, candid, and inviting, All My Life chronicles Susan's journey from her childhood to playing Erica Kane and from finding true love to living that "Cinderella moment" when she finally won her Emmy®.

As charming, down-to-earth, and compelling as the woman whose story it tells, All My Life reminds us of the power of dreams and how we can all find the courage and tenacity to make them come true.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Susan Lucci Memoir Dec 30 2012
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I really enjoyed it. Found out things I didn't know about Susan. Well written and good pictures. Very interesting, especially if you are a fan of Erica Kane!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great look into her life! June 12 2011
By AMCfan
I have always loved Susan Lucci on All My Children, but this window into her life and her passion for acting was a different way of seeing this fabulous actress. Her many talents and her many different experiences were great to read about. I really enjoyed this book. She talks alot about All My Children which is my favourite show!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Story of A Daytime Diva" March 29 2011
By Terrance Richard - Published on
For people who have never watched soap operas the name Susan Lucci and the character she has played for more than 41 years on "All MY Children", Erica Kane, is synonymous with daytime television. Probably the most famous actress to ever grace a continuing afternoon serial, Susan was, at one point, the highest-paid actress on soaps earning a reported $1,000,000 a year.

Now her long-awaited memoir, "All My Life", has hit book stores and she discusses with candor her personal and professional life. Never a celebrity to talk about her personal affairs, "All My Life" is a revealing expose into the woman who created Erica Kane, the highs and lows she has endured, giving the reader an insight to the private life of the most beloved icon from daytime drama.

Susan talks about her early unbringing and her desires to be an actress. However, one fatal day when she was a teenager she was involved in a terrible car accident when her face went through a car windshield almost costing her an eye and her life. Through determination she persevered and made a complete recovery. She would eventually graduate from college and marry her long-time husband Helmet Huber who are still very much married and in love today, something that is very rare giving the life of any actress. In 1970 she tried out for the part of vixen Erica Kane on a new daytime soap "All My Children", created by legendary soap opera writer Agnes Nixon. She was immediately cast in a supporting capacity and was only intended to be on every other Tuesday, but due to her unique acting ability she became the star of the serial as fans couldn't get enough of the antics of Erica, and she would become the most beloved character in the show's history.

In 1973 "All My Children" made history by becoming the first television program, day or night, to dramatize a legal abortion when Erica went through the procedure. In her book Susan discusses that was one of the hardest storylines she ever took on as in real life she had suffered a severe miscarriage and was dealing with both the physical and emotional scars of losing her first child.

She writes about eventually having two beautiful children, Liza and Andreas, who are the apple of their parent's eye, her long-standing career as an 18 time Emmy loser, and how she felt that night in 1999 when it was announced she had finally won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress. Personally I had watched the Emmy telecast that year and can say I have never seen so much love for any performer winning an award as the audience gave her a long-standing ovation. The camera panned on several celebrities such as Rosie O'Donnell and Kelly Ripa who were in tears, and even Oprah could be heard giving Susan praise from the side of the stage as Susan held her golden statue near the microphone.

A well-written book, "All My Life" is an informative insight into the life of Susan Lucci and the history to the most famous character ever created for soaps.

An A+ read. Thank you Susan for sharing this with your fans. We love you.

UPDATE: On September 13, 2011 "All My Life" will see its softcover edition hit stores and in it Susan writes an entirely new chapter on the abrupt cancellation of "All MY Children" by ABC. On those pages Susan discusses how she was the first actor to learn of the demise of her show when the head of ABC daytime came to the "All My Children" studio in Los Angeles and how Brian frons told her the series was getting axed. Susan spares no time in expressing her true feelings about this man going so far as saying Frons is a man that has "that fatal combination of ignorance and arrogance". She discusses why "All My Children" suffered so badly in the ratings in recent years pointing the finger right where it should be pointed at: Frons. Susan states the fact he hired Charles Pratt to pen the soap, moving the series to L.A. from New York City, and shoving beloved creator and headwriter Agnes Nixon out the door as components in what killed this daytime institution. When Frons told Susan "AMC" was being replaced by a cheap reality show her opinion was and is, "An iconic show was losing out to greed...If Brian frons could show his bosses that he could save the network 40%...he could keep his job even if the rest of us lost ours." I for one say bravo to you Susan for standing up to this miscreant that has helped destroy a genre so dear to our hearts. Susan Lucci...I could not have said it any better!

Also, for fans who don't already know "All My Children" will live on in January, 2012 on the internet and hopefully a cable channel, but Susan has yet to announce her decision on resigning with the series. However, by all indications it does look like our beloved Erica Kane, played by Susan, will BE a part of the new "All My Children" in the coming year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SUSAN LUCCI: The Personification of Talent, Dignity, Class and Beauty! April 3 2011
By Toby Martin II (aka R. Howe) - Published on
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Ms. Lucci's book, ALL MY LIFE, is a superb autobiography, unlike so many written by (or for) celebrities, with tell-all (whether truthful or not) salacious stories about other "important" people with whom they are or had been associated. Many of the autobiographies my wife and I have read recently often include page after page of "adult language" ("vulgar" to many), by self-absorbed narcissists.

A couple of exceptions we've enjoyed reading were "One More Time," by Carol Burnett; and the late Janet Leigh's "There Really Was A Hollywood"--both of which were honest, enlightening, and entertaining--in the same gracious manner in which Ms. Lucci wrote the long-awaited story of her life. She is obviously one of the all-too-rare celebrities who have it all: Talent... Dignity... Class... and Beauty (inside and out).

We extend our congratulations and sincere thanks to Susan Lucci for allowing us to know her through her ALL MY LIFE autobiography. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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5.0 out of 5 stars La Lucci Shines as an Author March 29 2011
By Jonathan - Published on
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I consider myself an uber Susan Lucci fan, having watched her on All My Children for over 25 years. But there are things that I didn't even know about the award winning actress until I read her book.

In reading the memoir, the one thing that I noticed is that she is truly grateful for all her accomplishments and she does not hesitate to acknowledge those who have helped her achieve her goals. It's an inspiring read of a down-to-earth celebrity who takes pride in her work as an actress and a businesswoman and above all values her family and friends. It's no wonder why so many people rooted for her to win the Emmy year after year.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Yorker March 30 2011
By lgoo - Published on
This book is joyful to read. Susan Lucci shows an unwavering focus and passion on following her dream to become an actor. You get the feeling that she is truly an authentic person. In a world of crazy celebrity Sheens it is nice to know that WINNING for Susan is about hard work, honestly and loyalty. Loved this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Memoir! April 18 2011
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I am really not a soap opera fan and have never watched All My Children, but I do know who Susan Lucci is. Over the years I have seen her in what they used to call "movies of the week" which are now just movies you can watch 24/7 on LMN. And everyone knows that it took 19 tries for the woman to win and Emmy.

I am always drawn to memoirs of famous people, so I figured I would give this one a try. It is beautifully and honestly written and I found it fascinating. Susan Lucci is really a talented actress who has been through alot in her professional and personal life. I especially liked her "both/and" philosophy and how she has managed to have a successful career and still be a great wife and mother. She really paved the way for alot of TV actresses today. For example, she had clauses put into in her contract to be off work on her children's birthdays, first day of school. etc. In this day and age actresses have these types of clauses all the time, but when Susan did it, it was unheard of and unprecedented.

She also tells alot of charming stories about the behind the scenes goings on at All My children and the character that she made famous, Erica Kane. Even though I have never watched the show, I found the stories funny and revealing, so I am sure fans of the show will relish these stories.

I really enjoyed reading about her heritage, childhood and her close relationship with her parents. Her marriage to her husband and her relationship with her children.

This woman has been through alot and it seems that through it all she has stayed humble, excited about her work and grateful to still be working after 41 years of playing Erica Kane. She is also a very smart business woman.

As I was nearing the end of this book it was announced that ABC was cancelling All My Children after over 40 years of being on the air. I am sure that the fans were shocked and saddened by this news, as was the cast. It is truly the end of an era, but I know for a fact after reading this book that Susan Lucci will go on to be successful in whatever she chooses to do after All My Children is off the air. She truly is a remarkable woman.
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