Just days before ABC announced the end of its daytime series 'All My Children,' the soap's beloved star, Susan Lucci, was unequivocally denying that her show -- which also launched the careers of Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kelly Ripa and Oscar winner Melissa Leo -- was going off the air.

Was Lucci, in fact, blindsided by the cancellation?

Her daughter, Liza Huber, now tells TMZ that her mom is "upset," and had no idea ABC was going to pull the plug on the soap. Lucci was allegedly informed out of the blue on Thursday, at the same time the network broke the news to the entire cast.

Lucci, 64, has played Erica Kane on 'AMC' for 41 years, and has famously been nominated for 21 Emmys (she won in 1999). She is the only original cast member still with the series since its 1970 premiere, which might explain why she'd expect to be in the loop sooner about cancellation plans, instead of caught by surprise.