Los Angeles: Agnes Nixon, best known for creating the critically acclaimed soap operas “All My Children” and “One Life to Live”, has died. She was 93.
Nixon, known as the ‘queen of modern soap opera’, died at The Quadrangle, a senior living community in Haverford, Pennsylvania.
Nixon also enjoyed writing credits on a score of other shows, including “Studio One in Hollywood”, “Cameo Theatre”, “Somerset Maugham TV Theatre”, “Another World”, “Guiding Light”, “Search for Tomorrow”, and “Loving”, which was later rebooted as “The City”.
Nixon first demonstrated an interest in writing while studying at Northwestern University, a passion which she channeled on “One Life to Live” and “All My Children”, which were heralded for their racial and social diversity.
She went on to garner six Daytime Emmy Awards and five Writers Guild of America Awards. She was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Television Hall of Fame in 1993 and took home the Lifetime Achievement honor at the 37th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in June 2010. Following the news of her passing, Disney CEO and chairman Robert A Iger paid homage to the pioneer.
“It is with a heavy heart I mourn the passing of television pioneer Agnes Nixon, someone I was proud to call a friend. Agnes impact on daytime television and pop culture is undeniable,” Iger said in a statement.
“She was the first to champion socially relevant topics, and the towns and characters Agnes brought to life leave an indelible imprint on television that will be remembered forever.”
Nixon is survived by her four children, Cathy, Mary, Robert and Emily; and 11 grandchildren.