Agnes Nixon dead at 88: Soap opera pioneer ‘taught the audience tolerance & acceptance’

Agnes Nixon died on Wednesday, September 28, at age 88. The legendary writer and producer was one of the most influential forces in daytime television, having created the long-running soap operas “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” as well as “Loving” and “The City.”

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Nixon won five Daytime Emmys for Best Drama Writing Team for “All My Children” (1985, 1988, 1996, 1997, 1998). Then in 2010 she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for her body of work (watch above). That award was presented by Susan Lucci, who played the iconic Erica Kane on “All My Children” for decades. Lucci called Nixon “the queen of modern daytime drama.”

Lucci added, “Her innovations have had the most effect on daytime audiences in terms of social issues and social awareness, complex characters and humor. Ever since 1970, when Agnes created ‘All My Children,’ we have formed a great professional bond and a lasting friendship that I wouldn’t trade for all the money in Pine Valley. I would not be who I am today — I would not even be here today — if Agnes had not created the feisty Erica Kane.”

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In accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award, Nixon thanked the television academy and her professional peers, but she made sure to add, “To you the audience, endless thanks for savoring and sharing our real world of make-believe. Thank you.”

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