Agnes Nixon, ‘Queen Of Modern Daytime Drama,’ Dies At 93

Agnes Nixon arrives during a 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Las Vegas in 2010.

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Agnes Nixon arrives during a 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Las Vegas in 2010.

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Soap uncover colonize Agnes Nixon, who combined All My Children and One Life to Live, has died during a age of 93. She is famous for highlighted severe and banned amicable issues by daytime television.

Her son Bob Nixon told The Associated Press that she died during a earthy reconstruction trickery in Haverford, Pa.

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Nixon “was one of a few absolute women in radio in a 1960s and 1970s,” NPR’s Neda Ulaby told a Newscast unit. And as she was presented with a 2010 Daytime Emmys Lifetime Achievement Award, All My Children singer Susan Lucci called her a “queen of complicated daytime drama.” Actor Cameron Mathison said, “Without her, there would be no daytime.”

She is also widely credited with resplendent a light on issues such as homosexuality, AIDS, interracial relations and termination in her storylines. “Agnes was substantially a initial one in radio to understanding with socially applicable issues,” All My Children executive writer Julie Hanan Carruthers pronounced during a 2010 Daytime Emmys ceremony. “She’s not usually taught a assembly tolerance, though acceptance.”

Nixon reflected on her essay in a 2010 talk with Morning Edition. “I wasn’t perplexing to change a genre, we was only perplexing to write what we thought, what was engaging to me,” she said.

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She explained that a initial amicable emanate that she wove into a storyline was uterine cancer after a crony died of a disease. She wanted women to know about Pap smears, and pronounced her storyline offer was primarily met with insurgency from a owners and network of Guiding Light [one of a other programs for that she wrote]. But they eventually authorised her to do a show. “That bending me,” Nixon said. “That done me realized, gee, we could do something.”

Nixon described homosexuality as a final “holdout” emanate on television. Almost 20 years ago, she motionless that Bianca, a daughter of All My Children lead impression Erica Kane, would be lesbian:

“When we did Bianca, we done a assembly adore her, and honour her. We knew we had to make a lesbian a daughter of a renouned character. And of march we let a assembly know initial before Erica did, so everybody was watchful to see how Erica would react. And that character, Bianca, became a many lady renouned on daytime. we suspicion that was a final thing that we could consider of. If we can consider of something else, send me a postcard.”

As The Associated Press reported, both shows were cancelled by ABC in 2011. “‘All My Children’ had aired for scarcely 41 years, while ‘One Life to Live’ had done it to 44 seasons,” according to a handle service.

Throughout that time, Nixon wrote part after episode. She described her routine to Morning Edition:

“I have a small studio on a third building in my house. And I’d go adult there, and we have what we call a ‘ugly chair’ — it’s really gentle though it’s really ugly. And we would lay there and arrange of dull my mind, and afterwards I’d hear them talking.”