How AMC’s Susan Lucci “Won at Losing”


Author Sam Weinman knew he had to get in touch with Susan Lucci when writing his new book, Win at Losing: How Our Biggest Setbacks Can Lead to Our Greatest Gains. “All My Children” (AMC) star Lucci was famously nominated 18 times before winning a Daytime Emmy.

The 19th Time’s the Charm

Weineman knew Lucci’s (Erica Kane, AMC) son, Andreas, from a shared passion for golfing. He asked Andrea’s what he learned from his mother’s years of being passed over for the Emmy. Andreas said he learned a good work ethic and to be grateful for the riches in your life, not bitter about what you don’t have, Weinman told NBC’s Today show. Lucci would have a moment of sadness when she lost, but she’d get right back up and get to work the next day, her son said of her. See the full video below.

“I never felt like a loser,” Lucci told Today. She loved her job, and that meant so much to her. As her losses continued, she experienced so much fan adulation and honor just from that, also. For example, two young girls sent her their sports trophies, and Martin Scorcese called himself “the Susan Lucci” of film.

It Couldn’t Have Hurt That She Was Quite Simply, a Daytime Legend

Aside from her 18-year losing streak though, there was and is much more to Susan Lucci. She played Erica Kane in such a way that she became known as The Q ueen of Daytime. She was talented, smart, gorgeous, and irrepressible. She was the quintessential daytime heroine, and perhaps the most adored one. And that’s saying a lot, considering how many ultra-popular daytime actresses with enormous followings are out there.

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Akbi Khan has been watching and loving soap operas for 31 years and writing about them for the last four. She also loves sitcoms; musicals; laughter; going dancing; spending time with family and friends; fighting for animal rights, ethical environmental stewardship, civil liberties preservation, and LGBTQ rights; and evolving along a spiritual path. She has a Master’s in rhetoric and composition. Akbi is 39 years old and lives in Ellicott City, Maryland.

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