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My interview with Susan Lucci at the Daytime Emmys: “I would hope to be nominated again.”

Susan Lucci by you.

Susan Lucci by you.For so many years – 18 to be exact - Susan Lucci attended the Daytime Emmys as a nominee only to hear another actresses name called when it came time to announced the winner in the outstanding lead actress category.

It became the most intriguing part of the Emmys and Susan went on to spoof the losing streak with commercials and a skit on Saturday Night Live.

But enough is enough and in 1999, on her 19th nomination, Miss Lucci finally took home the Emmy for her portrayal of Erica Kane on All My Children.

Susan never misses the Emmys and was present on Sunday night to present Agnes Nixon with a lifetime achievement award and also to present the outstanding drama prize with Regis Philbin.

When we chatted on the red carpet, I asked Susan if she preferred showing up as a presenter without the pressure of being nominated (she’s only been nominated twice since her big win and lost both times).

“I would hope to be nominated again,” she said. “I love my work and they are writing beautiful material.”

Now that All My Children is filming in Los Angeles after 40-plus years in New York, I wondered how Susan is enjoying life on the West Coast.

“Well, we go back and forth,” she said. “It’s going so well. We found ourselves so lucky to walk into another great situation in LA. So I feel doubly blessed – a great life in New York and a great life in LA.

Her current storyline of being in a plane crash and meeting up with a new character played by Michael Nouri has been really juicy and entertaining for a character who has been through so much from 10 marriages to fighting off a bear!

“I love it,” she said. “It’s so much fun. You know, Michael Nouri is just not handsome enough! (laughs) He’s sexy, talented and a wonderful thinking actor.”

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