Agnes Nixon, soap opera cre­ator

Marysville Appeal-Democrat - - LOCAL / OBITUARIES -

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.)

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