SU­SAN’S STUN­NING AT 71!

Soap fave Su­san Lucci – stun­ning at 71! – is back with a whole new lease of life af­ter All My Chil­dren

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Soap favourite Su­san Lucci tells us life’s never been bet­ter

Raven-haired Erika cane em­bod­ied what many fe­male All My

Chil­dren fans as­pired to: the idea of hav­ing it all; brains, beauty, lots of ad­mir­ers and even­tu­ally a fam­ily.

of course, there were two sides to this. those fans didn’t nec­es­sar­ily want to scheme to get there and leave lots of bro­ken hearts and mar­riages in the stormy af­ter­math! Nev­er­the­less, Erika was the vixen with a heart they loved to hate for many years on the hit soap. Maybe that’s why she was nom­i­nated for the Day­time Emmy 19 times dur­ing her 41 years on the show (she fi­nally won one in 1999; AMC was can­celled in 2011).

Ei­ther way, gor­geous Su­san re­calls those years – and the fame and for­tune the show brought her – fondly. Now 71, she’s on to new ad­ven­tures, hav­ing agreed a Hall­mark deal that prom­ises lots of air­time.

TV SOAP asks Su­san about her new show, her ad­ven­tures post-soap – and about her ev­er­green beauty and vi­tal­ity.

You’re look­ing gor­geous as ever! Do you have any life-long beauty se­crets to share?

You’re sweet to ask! I do every­thing that ev­ery­body tells us to do. I’m very dis­ci­plined about tak­ing care of my skin and I just think if you just do every­thing one day at a time, and those days add up… I think the thing I started to do be­fore peo­ple knew of it was to have wa­ter and le­mon. Dur­ing the first sum­mer of col­lege I worked in a ho­tel and I no­ticed at break­fast and at the ta­ble were men and women in their eight­ies and ev­ery one of them or­dered hot wa­ter and le­mon. And I thought, There must be some­thing good about this! Look at them! They’re trav­el­ling on their own, they have all their mar­bles and they’re great! So I thought, Put that in the back of your mind, you 18-year-old, so I did! then when I was re­hears­ing all the time on AMC, I cut down on cof­fee be­cause heaven knows I didn’t need any more ner­vous­ness! So I started

then and I still do; two cups of cof­fee in the morn­ing and the rest of the day it’s hot wa­ter and le­mon. I found out that it bal­ances your me­tab­o­lism, and your pH, it boosts your im­mune sys­tem and it’s re­ally good for your skin. Tell us what youre do­ing with Hall­mark... I’m do­ing a se­ries of movies and the rst one will be based on a book called Charley’s Web. Are you now liv­ing on the West Coast part-time? No, we [hubby Hel­mut Hu­ber] live in New York. We lived in LA for the last two AMC sea­sons. It’d be eas­ier to go to Canada from there... It could be, un­less we’re go­ing to shoot in Van­cou­ver, then it would be eas­ier from LA but, what­ever, I travel a lot! I’m used to be­ing on planes. I’ll be OK. You’ll al­ways be Erika to some of your fans. What can you say to them about your new en­deav­ours? I’m happy that to many of my fans Erika is per­haps my legacy. I’m so thrilled that I had the op­por­tu­nity to play her and she was so well-re­ceived by the au­di­ence; still, to this day. My au­di­ence has fol­lowed me to, prob­a­bly, un­ex­pected places – like De­vi­ous Maids and Hot in Cleve­land. They’ve been there with me and even fol­lowed me to [cable shop­ping net­work] QVC where I had my Pi­lates chair and ac­tivewear. Speak­ing of which, you looked so good in those bathing suit shots! Aw, thank you, the pa­parazzi [last] win­ter in Barbados? I had no idea! One day I saw way, way down the beach, a man and a woman but way down there. I thought it was prob­a­bly peo­ple from the ho­tel where we were stay­ing, out to shoot prop­erty as it was so beau­ti­ful. A few days later, my friend texted me and said, “Do you know you’re all over the tabloids?” Af­ter I saw the shots, I looked for the pa­parazzi! Oh my good­ness!

“My friend texted about the pap shots, ‘Do you know you’re all over the tabloids?’ Oh my good­ness!”

Su­san lights up Hot in Cleve­land With daugh­ter and former Pas­sions ac­tress Liza and grand­sons Royce and Bren­dan TVS Star­ring in All My Chil­dren

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