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All My Life: A Memoir

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  612 Ratings  ·  114 Reviews
"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 r
ebook, 368 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by HarperCollins e-books (first published March 10th 2011)
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Gerald Kinro
Feb 06, 2012 rated it liked it
I have never viewed a single episode of All My Children. I am an admirer of Susan Lucci, however, mainly for her good looks. How can a Medicare-elgible senior citizen look so good? I know many one third of her age who wished to look as good right now. When the show was cancelled late last year, it made headlines, sparking my interest and when I saw her book on the shelves of the local library, I had to read it.

I enjoyed reading about her childhood, about her being the apple of her parents’ eyes
Jan 13, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a pretty standard memoir. Susan Lucci seems like a genuinely nice person, she didn't have a single negative thing to say about anyone. There was one story about a director who upset her so much on the set of All My Children that she threw a yogurt container at a monitor, but that story is really more about how she ended up with yogurt all over her hair and clothes than about the director being rude. I didn't realize before I read it that this book was written before All My Children was ...more
Apr 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Although I haven't watched soaps on a regular basis for years, I do admit to a guilty pleasure of checking out Soap Opera Digest occasionally to see what my favorite characters of years gone by are up to. In light of the recent decision by ABC to cancel 2 of its long running soap operas, All My Children and One Life to Live, which have each been on the air for over 40 years, I decided to take a look at Susan Lucci's memoir, "All My Life." This book has a lovely flow, almost like having a convers ...more
Mar 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
Upon getting this book at the library, my husband asked what else Susan Lucci has done besides All My Children. I answered him that I would find out. Well the answer is not much. There is nothing wrong with this book, I just am not the target audience. I am not a huge soap fan, but did see this one a little growing up(Haley & Mateo era) so I knew some of the plot lines she referred to but not all. I think the thing that stood out is how NICE of a person she is. She didn't have a bad word to ...more
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Susan reads her biography herself (which I appreciate) on the audio version of the book. A lovely bio of a lovely person. She seems to have led a charmed life that many would envy, but she also worked hard. I guess playing the character of Erica Kane all those years let her work out her dark side, because she comes off as such a nice person. Come to think of it, I've never read anything bad about Ms. Lucci, but she sure does play wicked temptresses very well. I recently saw her playing an Erica ...more
Apr 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
It was a good light read and definitely recommended for fans of All My Children and Susan Lucci. Her ghostwriter did a great job of writing this book as if Ms. Lucci was talking directly to her fans. Susan comes through the book as being the classy caring professional who tells the truth without sugarcoating her criticism of the recent downfall of the 41 year old soap. I wish I could have heard this as an audiobook with Ms. Lucci as the narrator. That would be a treat.
Pretty interesting autobiography. If you're looking for scandal and gossip, then this is not the book for you. Miss Lucci doesn't trash anyone and had a nice, normal upbringing (well, naturally..she is part Swedish after all..I'm biased, naturally.) She has had a long and successful marriage and her kids seem to like her. (No, she's not a member of The Brady Bunch!) A nice read.
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Susan Lucci (a.k.a Erica Kane) of "All My Children" has been a private person most of her life, until now. Though she doesn't really dish any dirt, I learned a few things about the Queen of Daytime that were surprising. My only wish is that she would've known while writing this book that All My Children was being canceled.
Apr 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous read! I learned a lot about the diva of daytime and her alter ego down-to-earth Susan Lucci straight from the horse's mouth sorta speak.

Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Susan Lucci is an actress that portrayed soap opera character Erica Kane for over 40 years on the daytime show, “All My Children.” I remember watching this show when I was in my late teens and early 20s, in the late 1970s, when I was a senior in High School and then a student in college. “All My Children” and “Ryan’s Hope” were soap operas I really enjoyed. Erica Kane was a woman who would cause all sorts of mischief and misery for others for people. She was beautiful, but very insecure. She wan ...more
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I watched All My Children for years, so this was a really interesting autobiography about Susan Lucci (Erica Kane). I listened as an audiobook which was read by Susan Lucci (added benefit). I've always respected how she kept her personal life out of the media, so most of the information she shared about that in the book was new. There was also a lot of "behind the scene" from All My Children which was great to revisit. Good read for fans of the show 4.5/5 stars.
elizabeth m king
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved All My Children?!!!

I have watched All My Children throughout my adult life. I had to stop watching when my real life took off and I had to get a full-time job to help with expenses after I adopted a child and then after four years in Germany I was able to return to the states and was pregnant with my own baby
Marie Buccellato
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed reading about this amazing lady's story - She's beautiful just as much inside as she is outside
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
I started watching All My Children as soon as I was old enough to understand the story lines. My mom had been watching it for a long time and it became a bonding activity we shared until I went to college. I watched it while I was in college (even planning my class schedule around it) and then for a little while after. Eventually, I got busy and the storylines got even more ridiculous so I just stopped watching. But of course I couldn’t resist reading about Susan Lucci, who is famously tightlipp ...more
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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 th

Dec 27, 2011 rated it liked it
I am not used to reading bios. So this took some getting used to (like Reba's) Reba (and now Susan Lucci's, are the ONLY 2 bios I've EVER read SO FAR! For pleasure....I actually give 'All My Life' 3 1/2, ALMOST 4 stars. It was quite interesting. I learned ALOT I didn't ALREADY know about the usually private (about her personal life) Ms. Lucci.

Her LONGTIME husband Helmut Huber is an Austrian, 10 yrs her senior. They met when Susan was still pretty much a teenager. He had to propose, repeated
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
It has been several decades since I spent any time at all in front of a TV soap opera by any name. I cannot remember ever watching All My Children. Being totally unfamiliar with Susan Lucci’s work as an actress, it was entirely curiosity that brought me to her new memoir.

If you take the time to allow Lucci to take you on a backstage tour of her life-to-date and her more than four decade long career as Erica Kane, you should come away with several impressions: Lucci is absolutely nothing like Kan
I actually finished this book several weeks ago and have been remiss getting a review up. First of all, I love Susan Lucci. I grew up watching her on All My Children. That is, in fact, why I wanted to read her book. And while this memoir does give more insight into her life, I also felt that it was a bit like memoir-lite.

Don't get me wrong. She does talk about difficult times in her life, things that were very painful for her and which aren't generally known (a car wreck, a miscarriage, deaths)
Erica Larson
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
This wasn't a bad read, it just wasn't all that good. If I were an avid fan of hers then perhaps I would feel differently, but overall I think I learned more about her character than her life. That being said, her life seems almost too good to be true which made me wonder how contrived this book really is, the cynic in me not wanting to believe she really is this normal. Assuming that this really is how she is, I think Susan needs to be acknowledged as a celebrity who is an example of someone be ...more
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fun, library, audio-books
How do you describe this amazing story that teaches you so much about life? The main lesson that Susan's teaches you through her memoir is don't give up on your dreams. You can accomplish anything and this reminds me of her character Erica Kane in the scenes where she is with either her daughter or grandchildren.

I learned so many things about both the actress and the character. The one thing that I wish that I could have is Susan's strength and ability to balance everything in her life. She jugg
Jun 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I started watching AMC in 1971 as a college freshman and continued until it went off the air. As a huge fan of Susan Lucci I thought this would be an interesting book. Surely there would be some great stories and anecdotes about the behind the scenes stuff and her various costars over the years. Maybe some insight into some of her costars or things that happened during filming or at off site shoots. Instead it focused on how she and her husband and her 2 kids and her parents and everyone she eve ...more
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"All My Life: A Memoir"....Susan Lucci
I enjoyed reading this memoir/autobiography. I appreciated the fact that this memoir wasn't trash talking other actors or politician's during the years Susan Lucci encountered for her wonderful acting career as the fabulous Erica Kane. I found it a complete waste when celebrities write about other actors in a really bad way! I wasn't raised to trash talk people for their personalities or outlooks on life through their eyes. I can relate to Susan Lucci becau
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I found this to be a surprising read. I was a fan of All My Children for years, but I have to admit that Erica was not my favorite character. I was never one of those fans who couldn't tell the difference between the character on the show and the actor who portrayed them. So if you think you know Ms Lucci from her many visits to talk shows, magazine covers and Emmy nominations, trust me you don't.

Did you know she has a drama degree from Marymount?
That she had a disfiguring car accident as a youn
Apr 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
I was a year old when Susan Lucci started her career on All My Children. Pine Valley was never the same after Erica Kane arrived. She took the town by storm!

Oft nominated for the daytime Emmy, Lucci has dominated daytime television for 40 years. Her character, Erica Kane, is a driving force: beautiful, powerful, talented, and full of passion.

Lucci, like Erica Kane, is full of passion and talent and beauty. Unlike Erica, she has been married only once (and still is) and is the loving mother of tw
Mary Louise Sanchez
Jan 04, 2012 rated it liked it
I started watching the television soap opera,All My Children, the year it debuted and followed the story line and characters off and on for a few years but never knew the real story of the actress who portrayed Erica Kane until now. Susan Lucci has to be a really good actress to portray a woman who has been married umpteen times, while she has only been married once. I learned Susan and I are the same age and have similar values, so there are no racy secrets revealed in this memoir. Susan's secr ...more
Feb 13, 2012 added it
All My Life: A Memoir by Susan Lucci was ok. Obviously it was ghost written, although the ghost writer didn't get much mention. Over all, it was a nice read. Wasn't very gripping or anything, it took me weeks to finish reading it on and off. Basically it follows Susan Lucci's life from her birth to now, and her career on soap operas. It was a pretty good read though, very interesting to read. Not for planes though it doesn't capture your attention enough for an airplane. Nor a long car ride or t ...more
Carmaletta Hilton
Jun 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Susan Lucci is a very nice person. That's what I really got out of this book. She had nothing but kind words to say about everyone, and she even turned a horrific accident into something to be shrugged about and then moved past. If anyone thinks they're going to get dish on behind the scenes drama of All My Children, then they should definitely find another book. There's nothing but sunshine and rainbows with this book.

Three stars, because while I loved it, some of that sunshine and rainbows wa
Feb 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a life long AMC fan, I felt obligated to read this book. Anyone that has seen Susan Lucci on interviews knows she has great poise, elegance and class. I knew going into this book that the book would probably be syrupy sweet and it was. Seems to me like she has no faults, she excels at everything she does, and has a near perfect existence. Not to say she is undeserving of her perfect life, but it just does not make for a great book. What's the point of reading a celebrity memoir if there's not ...more
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've never really watched All My Children but any TV or soap opera fan especially would have heard of Susan Lucci. My knowledge of her was mostly to the extent of "She plays Erica Kane on All My Children, affectionally called La Lucci, occasionally sold stuff on TV in between acting, and had a marathon streak of no Daytime Emmy wins." After reading her autobiography, I have learned so much more about what came before, during, and after the show ended that launched her celebrity status into super ...more
May 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Susan Lucci's is well known for her role on "All My Children" as Erica Kane. In this autobiography, Lucci talks about her life from childhood on up to the present. She talks about her struggles as a working mom and trying to keep her public and private life seperate. Lucci also talks about how she got her start on "All My Children" and how a normal day on the set is. Unlike Erica Kane, Susan Lucci has only been married once to the same man for more than 25 years. As far as celebrities go, my res ...more
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