It was a mini All My Children reunion when Susan Lucci caught up with former co-star Francesca James! “So great to meet the incredibly talented Francesca James for lunch today at Freds at Barneys,” she shared on Instagram. “Loved to hear about all she’s doing with her Transport Theater Company — Tennessee Williams’ ‘Summer and Smoke!’ Can’t wait to see it!”
Lucci is legendary for her decades of playing Erica Kane on the much-missed daytime soap opera, and James actually played both Kitty Shea as well as her twin sister, Kelly Cole. (After she left the soap, Kitty was killed off, so AMC creator Agnes Nixon created a new character for her to play.) And when AMC returned for its short-lived online reboot in 2013, she played a third character, Evelyn Johnson.
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ALL MY CHILDREN!!! So great to meet incredibly talented Francesca James for lunch today at Fred’s at Barney’s. Loved to hear about all she’s doing with her Transport Theatre Company—Tennessee Williams “Summer and Smoke”!!! Can’t wait to see it!!! #kelly #kitty #suchhappymemories @amc
When James left AMC the second time in 1980, she pursued a career behind the scenes, directing AMC and Loving. After moving to Los Angeles, she became a producer, working on General Hospital, Santa Barbara, and Days of Our Lives. In the ‘90s, James returned to New York where she joined the production team of AMC. She is now on the board of directors for the Transport Group Theater Company.
Lucci and James crossed paths multiple times over the years in different roles, so it’s great to see them back together again.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, ABC Soaps In Depth.
Keep scrolling down to take a look at some vintage pics from the AMC archives below of their past adventures in daytime.
Amc Ann Ruth Kitty
James as Kitty with Judith Barcroft as Ann and Mary Frickett as Ruth in a 1973 episode of AMC.
Amc Kitty Lincoln
Peter White played Lincoln, who Kitty fell in love with, and they were happily married until her untimely death in the summer of 1977.
Lucci James 1980 Emmys
Lucci and James celebrating together at the 7th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in 1980.
Francesca James Directing Loving
James directing Rena Sofer (Rocky) and Rick Telles (Rio) on location for an episode of LOVING in 1990.
Lucci O Donnell James
James was a director at AMC when Rosie O'Donnell guest-starred on the soap and posed for this pic with her and Lucci.