Heartbreaking news in the soap world on Wednesday. The iconic and legendary Agnes Nixon, the creator of All My Children and One Life to Live, has passed away at Age 93 from complications from Parkinson’s disease and pneumonia in Pennsylvania. Her death was confirmed by her ex son-in-law David Hiltbrand and by TMZ.com
Prior to her death last weekend, Agnes had completed her memoir, “My Life to Live”. Nixon broke ground on daytime soaps telling the social issues of our times throughout multiple decades.
Nixon attended Northwestern University before beginning her career in soaps working for another soap legend, Irna Phillips. It was writing for shows such as Guiding Light and Another World that began to foster what would become a incredible and successful and enduring career in daytime drama.
As soap fans know, it was Nixon who created the one and only Erica Kane of All My Children played to perfection by Susan Lucci. But before AMC made it to air in 1970, ABC executives had passed on the program and asked for something a bit more “contemporary” instead. The result was Nixon’s other beloved soap opera, One Life to Live a soap that was rich in social issues stories and multi-ethnic in its characters.
Agnes Nixon received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmys in 2010. On-Air On-Soaps will share social media reactions on the legend’s passing from Nixon’s AMC and OLTL cast in the hours ahead.
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