Susan Lucci Is Putting Her Closet (Including Some Emmy Dresses) Up for Auction -- With Items Starting at $1!
By Raphael Chestang
Everything But the House
In four decades as a daytime television titan, Susan Lucci has amassed an enormous amount of elegant designer clothing and luxurious accessories. Now, she's ready to unload some of her most precious belongings for a good cause.
"It's really more about divesting and lightening up," Lucci tells ET. "Many of the things I have I've accumulated over the course of my career and have been photographed on red carpets, have been on All My Children, have been on Devious Maids. And then there's furniture from my dressing room on All My Children and personal articles that mean a lot to me, either from events in my life or just beautiful china that I've accumulated that I'm no longer using."
The auction lasts March 1 through March 10, with all items starting at just $1.
Some of the items include a Crate & Barrel blended cotton off-white feather down sofa that was used in Lucci's All My Children dressing rooms in New York and Los Angeles, a black evening dress ensemble that she wore to the 1993 Emmy Awards, a couture strapless formal Escada gown she wore to the 25th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in 1998 and a vintage gold lamé Anne Klein piece that she wore when she met Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Shirley MacLaine.
As one would imagine, the task of sifting through all of her belongings was daunting, and that's precisely where EBTH came into play.
"My son really found Everything But the House for me, and it was a way to do this without being so overwhelmed," she says.
The charity involved, United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, holds a personal connection for Lucci, as her 8-year-old grandson, Brendan, was diagnosed with the congenital disorder. Last year, Brendan underwent a procedure that made it easier for him to walk.
"At the time, I didn't know anything about cerebral palsy. Ironically, I had been honored by UCP of New York City several years before that," she says. "I learned so much through them. I learned, for example, that there's a spectrum of cerebral palsy and Brendan, my grandson, would be on the lighter side of that spectrum."
"I wanted to make this auction a win-win," she adds. "So by including United Cerebral Palsy New York City, if feel that this is the best way to accomplish two things: to divest and also to give my very loyal, passionate viewers of both Devious Maids and All My Children and throughout my career and my own life access to some wonderful things, and at the same time, benefit United Cerebral Palsy of New York City."
In addition to the auction, there's also a sweepstakes coming up that will give a lucky fan and a friend the opportunity to have lunch with Lucci.
"The idea is, so many people had lunch with me every day for so many years as Erica Kane, and this is the chance for them to come to New York and we'll have lunch in person at one of my favorite restaurants in New York," she says.