Agnes Nixon, creator of ‘One Life to Live’ and ‘All My Children,’ dead
Agnes Nixon, the soap-opera legend who created such classics of the form like “One Life to Live” and “All My Children,” died Wednesday in suburban Philadelphia.
There were conflicting reports on her age. Philly.com reported that she was 88, while the AP, acknowledging the confusion, said she was 93.
Nixon’s soaps were among the longest running in TV history: “All My Children” ran on ABC from 1970 until 2011 before moving to the Online Network for another two years. “One Life to Live” ran from 1968 until 2013.
In 2010, Nixon won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmy Awards. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences proclaimed Nixon “the grand dame of Daytime serial drama” for her contributions.
Nixon had a serial on the air five days a week, 52 weeks a year for over 45 years, a “rare personality in the world of entertainment,” according to the academy.
She was considered a pioneer in introducing socially relevant, sometimes polarizing topics to daytime television, such as the Vietnam War, drug addiction, child abuse and racism.
Actress Susan Lucci, who played Erica Kane on “All My Children”, shared her condolences in an Instagram post.
Mary Nixon, Nixon’s daughter, told philly.com that her mother was a “pioneer” as a “working woman” when she created and continued to write and produce soap operas.
“The thing as an adult that I look back on is she really made people look at stigma and people’s own feelings about a lot of important issues in her time and in our time,” Mary said. “She really wanted to help people learn and grow. It was more than just about how many marriages… [it was to help viewers] have a better understanding of life.”
Nixon was born in Nashville, Tennessee and attended Northwestern University. She is survived by four children.