An alert reader recently suggested that we had Susan Lucci‘s birth year wrong.
Lucci, who has played Erica Kane on TV’s All My Children for the last three decades, once said in an interview in Cigar Aficionado that she enjoys being mysterious about how old she is, so we knew we’d have our work cut out for us.
To cut to the chase, we haven’t been able to pin down whether Lucci was born in 1946 or 1947. We know she graduated from high school in 1964. Her late December birthday suggests she was 18 years old upon graduation, which would make her birth year 1946. On the other hand, she was an honor student, and it’s quite possible that she was 17 when she graduated.
It’s not polite, but also not unreasonable, to assume that Lucci won’t reveal her age because she’s older than we think. With that in mind, we’re choosing 1946 as her birth year, while adding an official-sounding aside on our profile explaining that we don’t know for sure. In the meantime, our knowledge that Lucci has been on TV since the 1970s will not shatter the illusion that she is beautiful and ageless on All My Children.