Susan Lucci, who has literally grown up with All My Children, turned the role of Erica Kane from a one-dimensional kid, into the vixen that ultimately kept the soap alive.
Erica Kane has lived through rape, several attempted murders, car accidents, tornadoes, and many many men. As we wait to learn how All My Children will close the book on this iconic character, here's a look at Erica Kane through the years.
1970 -- When All My Children debuts, the Kane family consists of Erica's mother, Mona and absent father. To make up for her distant father, Mona spoils Erica, but the relationship between the two is often tumultuous. Erica's first devious scheme was to break up Phil Brent and Tara Martin.
1971 -- Erica marries Jeff Martin, her first of many marriages. The marriage ends after Erica leaves him for her modeling manager, Jason Maxwell, who Mona later kills in self defense.
1973 -- In the same year of the Roe vs. Wade ruling, Erica has an abortion. This is the first legal abortion to be portrayed on American television.But unknowingly, Erica's doctor who performed the abortion, Greg Madden, plants the fetus into his infertile wife. They raise her son, Josh Madden.
1975-- Erica marries Phil Brent, years after she successfully destroyed his relationship with Tara Martin. Their relationship is turned upside down when Erica has a miscarriage. She later dates his father, Nick. They split when he refuses to marry her.
1977-- Erica strikes up a romance with Mark Dalton, who she later finds out is her half-brother.
1979 -- Erica wants Nick back and leaves him a note suggesting she is going to kill herself before running away to New York. In New York she gets a deadly case of pneumonia. Mark is the first one to her bedside.
1979 -- Erica begins a romance with Tom Cudahay and they eventually marry. The two later divorce following a string of lies.
1980 -- Erica moves to Hollywood and attempts suicide, but couldn't go through with it.
1981 -- Erica meets Brandon Kingley, the CEO of a cosmetics company. He wants Erica to be the spokes-model and they embark on a romance. Erica finds out Brandon actually has a family and two kids. She is then seduced by a young millionaire, Kent Bogard, Brandon's competitor, and juggles the two before leaving Brandon.
1982 -- While working as a model in New York City, Erica discovers her half-sister Silver, who sleeps with Kent.
1983-- Erica confronts Kent about his affair with her half-sister and a gun Erica gave Kent for his birthday accidentally goes off. Silver accuses Erica of murdering Kent. It later turns out Silver isn't Silver, but a con artists. When this is found out the case against Erica crumbled.
1984 -- Erica becomes involved with Mike Roy, the man writing her biography. But the two are kept apart by Adam Chandler, who is making the movie of Erica's biography. Adam sends Mike away and offers Erica the lead role in the movie is she agrees to marry him. Of course, she does, but Adam ends up casting another actress in the role.
When Mike returns, Adam tests Erica's love for him by faking his death in a plane crash. She marries Mike and Adam reveals he is alive, forcing her to chose between the two. She chooses Mike, but before they can wed properly he is shot. The two exchange vows right before he dies.
1985 -- Erica dates Jeremy Hunter, a Tibetan monk who has sworn off sex. In their year-long relationship he saves her from Adam, his father, Natalie Marlow, and Latin American terrorists who kidnap her. They break up when Erica attempts to break him out of jail, but he refuses to let her help him escape.
1987 -- Erica becomes involved with politician Travis Montgomery. She becomes pregnant with his child and they get married. During one of Travis' speeches he is shot with a bullet meant for Erica. The murder attempts were from a woman, Noelle Keaton, who turned out to be the real Silver Kane who was suffering from amnesia.
1988 -- Erica fell ill with toxemia, which made her labor complicated, but she successfully gives birth to Bianca Montgomery. Travis concocts an insurance scam that goes awry, and his partner kidnaps Bianca. Erica gets her back and runs away. In Sea City she befriends Dave Gillis, who turns out to be Steve Andrews, Travis' partner. Travis saves Erica and when in Sea City is mugged and assaulted, leaving him with a concussion.
1989 -- Erica and Travis' marriage end due to the concussion and she runs to Jackson and they later get engaged. She holds off on the wedding until she can explain it to Bianca, but her daughter becomes sick with Reye's Syndrome. Bianca recovered and Erica and Travis got back together for the sake of their daughter.
1991 -- Erica resumes her affair with Jackson and is caught by Bianca. Her daughter burns down her doll house in retaliation, but ends up burning down the whole house. Travis got custody of Bianca and moved away.
1991 --Erica becomes smitten with Charlie Brent, Phil's son and Nick's grandson. They get engaged, but at a dinner Nick asks if she really loves Charlie. She doesn't answer and Charlie breaks off the engagement.
|Erica Kane and Dimitri Marick|
1991 -- Adam reveals to Erica that they are still married, because his twin brother Stuart was sent the papers instead of him. He blackmails her into staging another wedding and being his wife. During the marriage she falls in love with Dimitri Marick, but they do not get together until Adam grants her a divorce. Dimitri and Erica embark on a long romance.
1993 -- Kendall Hart (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Erica's daughter who she had put up for adoption, arrives in Pine Valley, and we learn that Erica was raped by her father's friend when she was 14. Kendall tries searching for her father with Dimitri's help. Kendall later claims Dimitri raped her and Erica goes to confront him. She is overcome by flashbacks of her own rape and stabs him with an envelope opener.
1994 --Erica turns to Jackson when she faces almost going to prison for killing Dimitri. On trial, Kendall calls on Field's, Erica's rapists. But Kendall later finds Field's trying to molest Bianca and she breaks down on the stand and admits her lies.
1994 -- Mona dies after a battle with cancer.
1995 -- Erica becomes addicted to painkillers after a fall during a fashion show. She seeks out Dr. Jonathan Kinder for pain killers, who later seduces her when she is on the meds. When Erica tries to get away from him she crashes her car, leaving another woman unconscious. When Erica admits her infidelity Dimitri serves her with divorce papers.
1996 -- Erica checks into rehab at Betty Ford clinic. When she returns to Pine Valley, Jonathan drugs her and seduces her again. Dimitri finds them and finalizes the divorce.
1996 --Jonathan attempts to kidnap Bianca and in a struggle he falls to his death. With the help of Janet Green and Skye Chandler, Erica buries Jonathan's body. They later find the grave dug up and that Jonathan was actually alive and escaped to Caribbean. The authorities find him and he is taken into custody.
1997 -- Erica finds out she is pregnant with Dimitri's child, but ends up having a miscarriage.
1997 -- Erica believes Maria Grey's unborn child is Dimitri's and in a confrontation Maria goes into labor. Erica tries to get Maria to the hospital, but her car skids off the road and into a river. Erica searches for the baby, but can't find her. Erica eventually tracks down the baby in a trailer park and brings her home, saying she adopted the girl from Russia and names her Sonya Kane. She later confesses to Maria and is sent to prison for kidnapping.
1997 -- While Erica is in prison, Bianca runs away from Travis. She finds out Bianca is anorexic and her daughter is hospitalized. Erica's charges are dropped.
|Erica and Jackson|
1999 -- Erica gets into a car accident with Dr. David Hayward that leaves her face disfigured and needs plastic surgery. Erica and David fall in love and he helps her through her recovery. They get engaged, but Erica calls it off.
2000 -- Bianca comes back to Pine Valley, and it is discovered that Travis died from a stroke. Bianca reveals to her mother that she is a lesbian and in love with her friend Sarah, a storyline that was based out of the real life coming out of Chastity Bono.
2001 -- Eric becomes involved with Chris Stamp, who reveals that a crime lord named Proteus was using Erica's company, Enchantment, as a front for a drug ring. Erica tries to break up Bianca and Frankie Stone, who tried to con Erica with a staged car accident. Bianca found Frankie in bed with JR Chandler and Erica said she was going to kill her. The next day Frankie was found dead. Erica feared that Bianca had killed Frankie and turned herself in for the murder. Jack was forced to prosecute the case.
2002 -- Kendall returned to Pine Valley to incriminate Erica on the stand. Bianca realizes Vanessa, the drug lord, killed Frankie. Vanessa paralyzes Chris in a shootout. During his therapy, he begins to lose hope and Erica threatens to leave him. He surprises her by taking his first step and then proposes.
2003-- Erica comforts Jackson after he visits his autistic daughter, and they are once again pulled together. When Chris finds out he leaves Erica. Chris later dies when protecting Maddie from an assassin.
2003 -- Eric battles with Kendall's new company, Fusion, and Michael Cambias. Knowing Michael was going to try to steal her anti-aging cream formula, she plants fake formula for his mole to find. She also gets him on tape saying he is going to leave Kendall when the takeover is complete. Erica blackmail's Michael to give her a board seat on Cambias Industries and in revenge Michael tries to rape Kendall. Eric stops him and relives her own rape in her mind. Kendall helps her out of the flashback and Erica decides to make Kendall a part of her life.
2003 -- Jack is admitted to the hospital for a gunshot wound. Erica finds out Jack is Greenlee's father, and blackmails Mary to keep the secret quiet. When Jack awoke he proposes to Erica. But on the day of the wedding Greenlee reveals Jack is her father and Erica has been keeping it a secret. Jack leaves her at the altar.
2003-- Bianca reveals Michael raped her in retaliation for what Erica did. Bianca destroyed evidence of the rape, so Jack was unable to indicted him. Erica works with David to make Michael pay, but he is already found dead. Kendall reveals she married Michael and is pregnant with his child. Kendall is later charged with Michael's murder.
2004 -- Erica can't remember the night Michael died and worries that she may have killed him. It turns out Bianca is the murderer. Bianca also reveals she is pregnant with Michael's child. Bianca gives birth in a storm and her and her daughter Miranda are rushed to the hospital. Their rescue helicopter crashes and the baby doesn't make it.
2004-- Erica battles with alcohol addiction, which deepens after she finds out her father died. Jack stages an intervention and she finally reveals she is being haunted by the memories of her rape. Jack and Erica work on their relationship and he proposes to her again.
2004 -- Bianca falls into a coma after falling off a terrace while arguing with JR Chandler. She discovers JR's baby is actually Miranda. Erica got the baby back from JR and Bianca awakens.
2005- Bianca leaves Pine Valley. Eric called off the wedding with Jack due to their disagreement over Greenlee and the rest of their children. But Jack arranged for all the children to meet them in Florida. He kidnapped Erica and on a yacht they resolved their issues and married in front of their families.
2005 -- Erica discovers the baby she thought she aborted in 1973 is actually alive. Josh Madden, her son, had been helping her start her new talk show. Josh secretly drugs Erica to take over as host of the talk show. But when Erica and Josh are trapped together after an explosion he realizes he was wrong, and saves Erica when she stops breathing.
2005 -- Erica's marriage is strained and when Jeff Martin returns to Pine Valley to get to know his son, she moves in across the street from him. Erica finds him in a daze one night and learns that he contracted malaria while in Africa. She sleeps with him in a moment of weakness.
2005- Bianca returns to Pine Valley and learns of Erica's affair. She demands Erica tells Jack. After she finds Jack in bed with another woman, the two separate and file for divorce. Erica is offered a reality show about her divorce, but as Jack and her spend time on screen they realize they still have feelings for each other. But ultimately, the children -- namely Greenlee -- get in the way again, and Jack and Erica end up divorcing.
2008 -- Erica becomes involved with Samuel Woo, the lawyer prosecuting her for insider trading. Erica buys Chandler Enterprises based on information from Adam. She is sent to jail and later released.
2008 -- A tornado hit Pine Valley, trapping Adam and Erica together. Here she learns Adam tried to put Fusion under. Amid the tornado Kendall falls into a coma and Bianca gives birth to a baby girl. At a relief benefit for the tornado, Erica is stabbed. After he recovery, she moves in with Adam who admits he has feelings for her.
2009 -- Erica strikes up a romance with the much younger Ryan Lavery, earnings the title "cougar."
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