Liza, daughter of Top TV host and actress Susan Lucci, became an actress like her iconic mother. However, she quit years later to pursue a different dream.
Best known for portraying Erica Kane on the ABC daytime drama "All My Children," Susan Lucci is a mother of two children who also have remarkable careers.
Having a successful mother like Lucci is enough inspiration; hence it was not surprising when Liza took to acting. But, after a few years, in the movie industry, Liza decided acting wasn't for her, and she quit to follow a different career.
Photo of Hollywood star, Susan Lucci [left] A selfie of Susan Lucci's daughter Liza [right] | Photo: instagram.com/lizahuber Getty Images
A LOOK AT LUCCI'S CHILDREN
Liza was born into Lucci and Helmut Huber's family on February 22, 1975, in Long Island, New York. Although Lucci is her biological mother, Liza praises a woman named Frida for playing a major role in her upbringing.
It isn't clear if Frida is a relative, but on Liza's Instagram account on May 25, 2021, she acknowledged Frida for raising her from three. The adorable post featured a photo of the older lady and Liza sharing a warm embrace.
Liza spent most of her early years in New York. She appeared on Broadway after graduating from the University of North Carolina.
She is also an older sister to brother Andreas, who is five years her junior. Lucci is proud of her kids, and she once took to her Instagram page to share a throwback photo of her children's younger years.
Andreas is married, and he is a dad of one. On November 8, 2020, the doting father shared an image of his son, Wolfie, having a good time as he celebrated his third birthday. The boy seemed super happy as he wore a massive grin on his face.
LIZA AS AN ACTRESS
Born into a famous home, Liza no doubt knew what it was like living a life of glitz and glamour. She took to acting like her mother in her early '20s.
Liza joined Lucci in show biz starring on NBC'S 1999 soap opera "Passions." However, being a soap actress like her mother was not her initial plan, and at the time of her TV debut, Liza revealed:
"We knew if I decided to do a soap, it would be more difficult for me than someone else. There would be harsher criticism and more attention. . . . Susan Lucci is my mom, my best friend. I neither hide it nor flaunt it."
When Liza started acting, her father, a European ex-restaurateur, became her manager. The actress's daughter credits her father for most of her success.
Aside from "Passions," Liza has acting credits in movies like 1981s "Entertainment Tonight" and the 2000s "Street Smarts." However, as her acting career blossomed, Liza decided she wasn't interested in being a movie star anymore.
Once speaking about her decision to ditch show biz, Liza said she realized acting was not what she wanted. The actress left the movie industry despite her parents' support and at a time when she had no new career prospects.
AFTER LEAVING SHOW BUSINESS
Years after leaving the movie industry, Liza became an advocate for homemade nutritious food for kids. Lucci's daughter founded Sage Spoonfuls to create an easier way for parents to make their baby foods.
Her brand provides an easy-to-use baby food blender and glass and plastic storage jars. It also boasts reusable baby food pouches, silicone suction base plates, waterproof ZipBags, and more baby snack bags.
Her new interest in creating a healthy eating habit for children developed when she married Alexander George Hesterberg III on March 13, 2004, and they welcomed their first child.
The couple became parents to four adorable children. Liza became a mother when she gave birth to her Royce, making Lucci a first-time grandmother.
Royce's birth undoubtedly brought a lot of joy to the famous family. In an Instagram update, Royce's famous grandmother celebrated one of his birthdays with a throwback photo that featured him as a newborn.
Liza's other three children are Brendan, Hayden, and Mason, and her beautiful family often feature on her social media platforms.
LIZA'S STRUGGLES AS A MOTHER
Despite a great love for children and a passion for creating a healthy life for the younger generation, Liza faced difficulties in parenting. In 2010, her life changed when she discovered her son Brendan had cerebral palsy.
Speaking on her son's health in an interview, Liza revealed she felt terrible that Brendan would have to live with this ailment for the rest of his life. However, she was thankful he could walk, unlike many others with the same condition.
Although Liza kept quiet about her son's condition for years, she did say she never tried to hide him. She always wanted him to feel good about himself. Thankfully while Liza struggled to be the best mom to her son, Lucci became a shoulder to lean on.
In an interview, Lucci said of Liza's efforts: "I am very proud of her. Good for Brendan, for his mom to speak about him with such pride publicly, as well as to open up a conversation about cerebral palsy. It can only have positive impact, and how wonderful for Brendan to know his family is proud of him."
Over the years, Liza and Lucci have done nothing but help Brendan be the best version of himself. While co-hosting the 15th annual Women Who Care awards, Liza and her mother showed up on the red carpet with Brendan.
The event marked Brendan, who had just undergone a selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery a few months before the event's first public appearance.
The surgery involved cutting sensory nerves in the lower spinal cord, a procedure that will make it easier for Brendan to stand straight and walk well.
Susan Lucci on June 2, 2016 in Universal City, California. | Photo: Getty Images
The exact causes of Brendan's conditions remain unknown, but his mother, who had a normal pregnancy, once said she sometimes had a gnawing feeling that something was wrong.
Cerebral palsy is a neurological condition that affects muscle movement. It is usually caused by a brain injury in utero or during birth.
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