Agnes Nixon, soap opera creator
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Agnes Nixon, the creative force behind the edgy and enduring TV soap operas “One Life to Live” and “All My Children,” died Wednesday. She was 93.
Nixon died at a Haverford, Pa., physical rehabilitation facility close to her Rosemont home, said her son, Bob Nixon. She had checked in to gain strength for a planned book tour, he said.
She had just completed her memoir, “My Life to Live,” on Sunday, a week before it was due to publisher Penguin Random House for publication in early 2017, her son said.
“She was really a great wife, mother and human being – but above all, a writer. She was writing up until last night,” he said, and had called him with a few changes for the book.
Nixon suffered a stroke four years ago with serious complications, her son said, but she fought to regain her health.
“I am devastated to learn that we have lost Agnes. I adored her and admired her and I am forever grateful to her!” Susan Lucci, who starred as Erica Kane on “All My Children,” said in a statement.
Nixon created, wrote and produced the long-running ABC daytime serials, which were canceled in 2011 as the network bowed to the reality that soaps had faded as a daytime TV force.
(Both subsequently had short-lived online runs.)