Susan Lucci honors her late husband as she accepts Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmys: ‘He has everything to do with me standing up here tonight’


Susan Lucci honored her late husband as she accepted her Lifetime Achievement Award Friday at the Daytime Emmy Awards in New York. 

The actress, 76, best known for her role as Erica Kane on the long-running soap opera All My Children, began her speech by raving that it was ‘the icing on the cake’ that her and Susan Lucci’s son, Andreas, 36, was in the audience. 

‘It means so much to me to have you here with me,’ she said as she accepted the honor,’ she said to him from the stage. ‘I feel your dad’s presence here with us tonight too. 

She continued: I thank my husband, Helmet Huber, because he has everything to do with me standing up here tonight and receiving this incredible award.’

Susan Lucci, 76, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 50th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in New York Friday

Susan Lucci, 76, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 50th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in New York Friday

Lucci’s husband of nearly 53 years passed away in March 2022 at age 84. The two met while they were both working at a hotel and got engaged after three weeks of dating.  They tied tied the knot in September 1969. 

She and the Austrian-born writer and producer shared two children Andreas, 36, and Liza, 48. 

Huber acted as Lucci’s manager throughout much of her career and was the CEO of their production company, Pine Valley Productions, named for the fictional town where All My Children took place. 

Lucci played Erica Kane beginning in 1970 and continued to portray they spunky character until All My Children ended in 2011. 

Erica was popular with the fans, and Lucci was nominated for 19 Best Actress awards until she finally received one in 1999.  

 Shemar Moore, 53, who opened the envelope when Lucci finally won the long coveted honor, was there Friday, to present her with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

‘She’s been in TV series as well as film and stage… she’s been ranked as one of the 50 greatest television stars of all time and I couldn’t agree more,’ the S.W.A.T. star said.

When Lucci won in 1999, Moore excitedly announced ‘the streak is over,’ before calling her name. 

Lucci began her run as Erica Kane on All My Children in 1970

She continued to portray' "naughty girl in town' until the soap opera ended in 2011

Lucci began her run as Erica Kane on All My Children in 1970. She continued to portray’ “naughty girl in town’ until the soap opera ended in 2011

The actress met her husband of nearly 53 years, Helmut Huber, when both were working at a hotel. They got engaged after three weeks of dating and married in September 1969 and remained together until his death in 2022 at age 84  (Pictured in New York in November 2017)

The actress met her husband of nearly 53 years, Helmut Huber, when both were working at a hotel. They got engaged after three weeks of dating and married in September 1969 and remained together until his death in 2022 at age 84  (Pictured in New York in November 2017)

The couple had two children, Liza, 48, and  Andreas, 36  (seen in Los Angeles in January 2005)

The couple had two children, Liza, 48, and  Andreas, 36  (seen in Los Angeles in January 2005)

In her acceptance speech, Lucci said 'I thank my husband Helmet Huber because he has everything to do with me standing up here tonight and receiving this incredible award' (Pictured in New York in February 2020)

In her acceptance speech, Lucci said ‘I thank my husband Helmet Huber because he has everything to do with me standing up here tonight and receiving this incredible award’ (Pictured in New York in February 2020)

A tribute video included clips from both of her children, All My Children alums Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, pal Andy Cohen and Carol Burnett, 90, who has appeared on the show several times as different characters. 

As she accepted her statuette, the veteran actress, who looked stunning in a strapless orange and silver gown told the audience, ‘How lucky am I to dream my dreams of becoming an actress and grow up and have my dreams come true? There were obstacles and there were roadblocks — they were wannabe obstacles and roadblocks — but tonight’s a night to celebrate.’

When she received her 1999 award, Lucci recalled she began her speech ‘began by thanking God for the many blessings, I begin there again tonight, starting with my parents for their love.’

‘I thank them for the example they set for me,’ she continued, ‘for telling me I could shoot for the moon and the stars, and to never be afraid.

She also expressed her gratitude to her her teachers for ‘giving me the tools to be the kind of actress I wanted to be,’ and singling out All My Children creator Agnes Nixon, who died in 2016. 

Shemar Moore, who opened the envelope when Lucci finally one her only Daytime Emmy in 1999, was there to present the Lifetime Achievement Award Friday

Shemar Moore, who opened the envelope when Lucci finally one her only Daytime Emmy in 1999, was there to present the Lifetime Achievement Award Friday 

‘She was a trailblazer, visionary storyteller who gave me the part of the lifetime, the fabulously flawed Erica Kane,’ whom Lucci called  the “naughty girl in town,’ saying, ‘she had spirit.’

Of course, Erica would not have had that long a life in TV land if it were not for the fans and the beloved actress thanked them for their support. 

‘I am eternally grateful to the fans for loving Erica Kane, even when she wasn’t so lovable,” she continued. “Thanks to them, I got to continue to play her again and again.’ 

Fans can stream the Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS.com or Paramount+ 



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