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25 June 12th, 2017 WATCH: Agnes Nixon Tribute Extended Version: Stars Of AMC and OLTL Shares Their Remembrances

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During the 44th annual Daytime Emmy ceremonies on April 30th, attendees and fans online were treated to a touching segment and tribute to the late and iconic creator of All My Children and One Life to Live, Agnes Nixon.

While Susan Lucci anchored the tribute with her speech honoring the woman who launched her career and created her character of Erica Kane. she also introduced a clip package produced by On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman featuring several former cast members from both of Agnes’ daytime drama.

While for time, the segment featuring those actors and more had to be kept short and tight, the extended version is now available online, which tells the story of Agnes’ journey, the impact Pine Valley and Llanview had on the audience, the seismic cancellations of both soaps, and ultimately Agnes’ passing.

Photos: Alec Hilliard and Damien Drake

Fairman went back to tell the story the way he originally envisioned the piece featuring emotional and riveting moments from: Erika Slezak (Viki, OLTL), Thorsten Kaye (Patrick, OLTL and Zach, AMC) , Peter Bergman (Cliff, AMC) Michael E. Knight (Tad, AMC), Eden Riegel (Bianca, AMC) Darnell Williams (Jesse, AMC), Cameron Mathison (Ryan, AMC), Brynn Thayer (Jenny, OLTL), Robert S. Woods (Bo, OLTL), Kim Delaney (Jenny. AMC)  and Andrea Evans (Tina, OLTL).

The Agnes Nixon Tribute Extended Tribute was originally posted on Michael Fairman’s You Tube channel, The Michael Channel.  You can visit the channel and subscribe for my features to come.

Now, watch the extended Agnes Nixon retrospective tribute after the jump. Then let us know if it made you miss Pine Valley and Llanview all the more? And let us know whose story within the tribute touched you the most? Comment below.

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  1. dmr says:

    When daytime television had talented actors and storylines devoted to real issues (with some exceptions). I miss daytime of the 80′s and (part) 90′s!

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  2. Lisa Z says:

    This is a beautifully done production. I loved these shows especially in the 80s when I started watching. The actors gave wonderful tributes to Agnes and were honest in how she changed their lives. I found the remarks made by Peter Bergman and Michael E. Knight to be the most moving and emotional. They all made me cry. The audience cared about the characters, and that is what kept us tuned in. I watched OLTL until the end, and this piece makes me miss the shows so much all over again. Thanks so much, Michael!!

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  3. Llanviewer717 says:

    Thank you Michael for this wonderfully moving tribute. It is beautiful. Once again, thank you Agnes Nixon for All My Children and One Life to Live. I want to say more but I’m crying so hard that I can hardly type.

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  4. su0000 says:

    Agnes Nixon .
    I heard of the legend and her legacy.
    However; seeing what I just watched it’s sad I wasn’t there through her time.

    Quoit- she cherished the ability to bridge the space between real and fantastic and make it all believable
    and- no one was ever safe not even the good guys..

    “The Great and the Least, The Rich and the Poor, The Weak and the Strong, In Joy and Sorrow, In Tragedy and Triumph, You are ALL MY CHILDREN”
    I like that ^^^ ..

    If I were a Billionaire;
    I would create a network to rerun both AMC and OLTL from day 1 to last day, just so I could watch both soaps. I missed the era of Agnes .

    side note;
    A work friend moved to Europe and she gave me her books.
    Among them were two AMC Anniversary books, new never opened. I still have them unopened.

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  5. Harry says:

    “You become part of the viewers’ psyche.” Michael E Knight.
    This.
    I’m not crying. Really.

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  6. Patricio says:

    Thank You Mr. Fairman for the heartwarming tribute to a woman who touched more lives than anyone could imagine. Thank you to tha actors who shared their memories. They all showed such gratitude to this great storyteller. Let me add my voice as well. God Speed and God Bless !

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  7. Naomi says:

    Om I’m crying.I miss these two shows like,an old friend.Great to see these characters I loved for so many years.Agnes was one special lady and so talented..I can’t beleive how emotional this was for me.Thank you to each of you for sharing with us.

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  8. rebecca1 says:

    Absolutely fantastic! Beautiful tribute to a woman who touched so many lives…actors and fans alike.

    What a walk down memory lane..such nostalgia….puddle of tears over here….

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  9. Mary says:

    We need to bring back all my children and one life to live on abc we miss all the actor and actresses It is not the same they were a big part of are lives.we are hope to reboot them like they are rebooting so many other show now..Agnes was the one and only she will be very hard to replace

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  10. ShelleyDenman says:

    This is just beautiful! The amount of respect these actors have for her is amazing and it says a lot about her. Great job Michael!

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  11. Beth says:

    Thank you so much, Michael, for putting this together and for treating Agnes Nixon and AMC and OLTL with the respect they all deserve. I love the group of actors you included in this tribute. These are veteran actors who were excellent spokespeople for the hundreds of actors who worked for Agnes. Michael Knight did me in. It was so great to hear him talk about that last scene on AMC where Tad toasted everyone. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that Kim Delaney stayed in touch with Agnes even after she’d left AMC. Thanks so much for allowing us to see and hear more than just the few minutes which were shown during the Emmys. I miss these shows all over again.

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  12. jeanette says:

    that was a beautiful tribute. i miss those shows so much. and at the end credits, the amc theme played and i started to cry.

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  13. Barbara says:

    I loved this. It was beautifully done and I think I cried through the entire thing. I still miss All My Children, the actors and the story lines and of course Agnes Nixon. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  14. brian says:

    Bravo Mr. Fairman and thank you. And yes, i did “well-up” and it was so worth it. What more does ABC need to know ? These shows are still missed very much !

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  15. Lou piikes says:

    I grew up watching NBC and CBS soaps. But I kept up with other soaps by reading soap opera digest and soap opera weekly. Like Bill Bell, Agnes Nixon is a true legend.

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  16. Jay says:

    What a wonderful tribute to such an iconic lady.

    One thing that I noticed about her work, particularly on OLTL, was that she would have the controversial storylines like the Cathy Craig drug story or Carla passed for white as well as traditional romance stories. She would interweave the characters and get the audience to invest in stories that they might not have otherwise embraced.

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  17. Becky says:

    Wow Michael. That was just stellar! I especially loved seeing the characters from long ago speaking of their time on the show and what Agnes means to them. A+++++

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  18. EastTXSoapGirl says:

    love Love LOVE … exceptionally done … I think AD would be proud … and we, her fans, are eternally grateful for her life’s work … #AllMyChildren #OneLifeToLive

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  19. KATE CASH says:

    What a gift this woman was to so many! She tackled so many issues with grace and dignity. Agnes, you will be missed.

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  20. Patrick says:

    when actors “appreciate” GOOD writing

    man!   the acting mindset… there was no limits

    the audience :  feasted

    the combined RAW TALENTS of headwriting and just combustible acting… soared

    I HOLD ON to ALL my years and decades of watching this beloved genre.

    you can feel the welling up of emotion… dam spill

    this genre had power, respect, awe inspiring, the whole canvas in sync.  
    for all the actors who were and or ARE still a part of this .   heartfelt reach.

    Michael E Knight – what a man he turned out to be , right?   Tad the Cad… MEK is a FUNNY MAN.   how else do you explain how it was great for Tad to have two mothers … Opal and Ruth… and just the sweetest dad… Mr. Joe Martin.   BAM

    no matter now… that it was always Liza I would have wanted Tad with… it was Dixie Cooney who won out.
      
    Peter Bergman – no matter whats going on now… you are rightfully so… an institution of this whole genre. 
     
    your 1979 – 1989 years @ALL MY CHILDREN.   w/Nina.  PURE MAGIC … the real definition of LOVE.  argh! 

    YES, YES, YES, I LOVE Taylor Miller…. the quintessential beauty … I could not take my eyes of off… NINA and Cliff Warner.    the heartache when it took years for them to have a child.
      
    he was right to have left the show… since Taylor Miller had already exited.   I’d like to thank Peter Bergman’ wife… for getting that brick .. .which sits in his dressing room. 
     
    I’ve always lauded your spirit… both MEK and PB.  for how eloquent they speak of this genre.   a mans man .. who feel.   cherish women. and people in and around their lives.  the passion they shared with their acting and the heartfelt tears of acknowledging the impact of this genre

    Brynn Thayer : ( Jenny , OLTL ) since I never watched OLTL.   I would have loved to have watched Brynn Thayer  wow you could tell instantly that she’s present.

    WOW she was surrounding by magna cum laude : didn’t they blitz.

    give me ONE let : she married the uber talented and sexy as all get out Gerald Anthony, ( ex – Marco Dane, OLTL )

    I like her

    Andrea Evans : who didn’t love this superpower. I watched “Passions” .

    what was so much fun in all those years… when the emmies were very present.. and the raw talent… just non stop showed up. thank the soap gods for all those serial magazines in which to savor. the writing just shined. “thank you, forever”

    yeah, it’s a nice cry

    heart full again

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    Patrick replied

    ie: @Peter Bergman. thank you thank you thank you

    for the kind, humbled, heart reach. I would have loved to have @minimum shaken James Mitchell, ( ex-Palmer Cortlandt, AMC ) hand… hug too.

    I loved the dance… between Palmer and Adam. this is how Shakespeare entered serial. everyone else who courted with… were just happy to be . yet I truly believe the words of Peter Bergman and Michael E. Knight when they share just how ???? amazing it is to have worked with the best.

    like any other fan… @the emmies… I would have liked to have seen James Mitchell take home more gold.

    no matter… because the work… the feeding of the soul

    Agnes Nixon reached

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  21. Mark says:

    Michael, thank you for the wonderful tribute to Agnes Nixon. It was a delight to see the performers in the show clips and your on camera interviews.

    OLTL is one of my all time favorite TV shows, first started watching it about the time “Cathy Craig” was a teenager and her drug addiction story. I think that may have been around 1969.

    I hope to see Erika Slezak again, always wanted to see her in a stage play.

    Keep up the excellent work, Michael.
    Thanks, Mark

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  22. John Gibson says:

    Beautiful tribute!

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  23. ASHLAND CRIPTON says:

    I just miss these shows so much…

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  24. Everett says:

    Beautiful! Thank you Michael.

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