Television superstar Susan Lucci can add “Legend” to her many accomplishments in the entertainment industry. The woman behind the iconic soap opera character Erica Kane on “All My children” was named a Disney Legends at this year’s D23 EXPO. Lucci, along with composer Danny Elfman, Star Wars creator George Lucas and actor Johnny Depp, were recognized for their contributions to the Walt Disney Company
During the actress’ introduction, fans watched a reel of Erica Kane’s best moments, including her memorable fights with husband #4 and #7 (of 10 husbands total) Adam Chandler (played by David Canary), and loving moments with her daughters Kendall and Bianca (played by Alicia Minshew and Eden Riegel, respectively).
Lucci played Erica on ABC’s “All My Children,” throughout the show’s entire network run from 1970 to 2011. The reel also highlighted her Emmy win for her role as Erica Kane in 1994. Erica Kane is often regarded as the most popular character in daytime history.
In her acceptance speech, Lucci thanked the fans of the show and reflected on her career that included 22 Emmy nominations for the role, thanking friend Disney CEO Bob Iger for showing her a glimpse of her life that was “a history in hairdos.”
The actress was happy that Disney allowed her to live out her dreams of becoming an actress.
“…I have to say for me, it is really the icing on the cake because I have had the great joy in my life of doing what I love to do, the actress said. “I’ve had the opportunity thanks to Disney to be an actress. That’s where my dreams began as a little girl and to have the chance to play the abominable fabulously flawed but glamourous Erica Kane on “All My Children.”
The Emmy winning actress also went on to say how much she loved playing new character Genevieve Delatour on “Devious Maids.”
“It is such a thrill for me to grow up and have those dreams come true. I want to thank all of you in the audience, all the fans, from the bottom of my heart for inviting me into your homes day in and day out on Daytime as Erica Kane on “All My Children” and now as Genevieve on “Devious Maids” in primetime…it’s all primetime as far as I’m concerned. It’s so much fun to do what I do. Something very fun happened to me right now when I was going through the red carpet. A journalist asked me if I could design a Disney ride that would reflect my career and the parts that I play, I thought well, it would be a lot of husbands and it would definitely be a rollercoaster.”
Catch Susan on “Devious Maids” airing Mondays at 9:00 p.m. EST on Lifetime.