Agnes Nixon

Screenwriter, TV series creator
Arguably the single most influential force in the daytime soap opera medium, Agnes Nixon was a protg of the genre's creator, the legendary Irna Phillips, and was herself a celebrated creator, writer, producer and ... Read more »
Born: 12/10/1927 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (12)

All My Children 1969 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Kelly Ripa 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Agnes Nixon 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

NYTV: By the People Who Made It 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 12th Annual Soap Opera Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Performer

50 Years of Soaps: An All-Star Celebration 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Performer

The All My Children 25th Anniversary Special 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Performer

Guiding Light: The Primetime Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (4)

The City 1995 - 1997 (TV Show)

Creator

Search For Tomorrow 1951 - 1987 (TV Show)

Writer

Biography (TV Show)

Writer

The Manions of America (TV Show)

Screenplay

Biography

Arguably the single most influential force in the daytime soap opera medium, Agnes Nixon was a protégé of the genre's creator, the legendary Irna Phillips, and was herself a celebrated creator, writer, producer and packager of daytime dramas. Not only a pioneer of the genre, Nixon forever changed the face of daytime TV by infusing a mosaic of ethnic and religious faces, infusing humor and tackling potent social issues, such as abortion and AIDS. Among the more memorable characters she created over her decades-long career were two of the genre's best known and beloved female leads: Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) of "All My Children" (ABC, 1970-2011) and Victoria Lord Buchanan (Erika Slezak) of "One Life to Live" (ABC, 1968-2012). Among the other shows she created or co-created were "As the World Turns" (CBS, 1956-2010), "Search for Tomorrow" (CBS, 1951-1982; NBC, 1982-86), "Loving" (ABC, 1983-1995) and "The City" (ABC, 1995-97), as well as writing for "The Guiding Light" (CBS, 1952-2009) and "Another World" (NBC, 1964-1999). Among Nixon's countless honors were five Daytime Emmys, five Writers Guild Awards and a Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award. A gifted writer who revolutionized the genre in which she worked, Agnes Nixon was one of the most influential people in the history of television and without a doubt "The Queen of the Modern Soap Opera."

Relationships

Robert Henry Adolphus Nixon

Husband
former auto company executive died on November 22, 1996

Catherine Agnes Nixon

Daughter

Emily Ann Nixon

Daughter

Mary Frances Nixon

Daughter

Robert Henry Nixon

Son

Harry Eckhardt

Father

Agnes Eckhardt

Mother

EDUCATION

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois 1948

Milestones

2000

Appointed as overall story consultant for ABC Daytime

1995

Melded "Loving" into short-lived "The City" (canceled in 1996)

1981

Wrote the primetime miniseries "The Manions of America" (ABC)

1969

Created, wrote and has since consulted on "All My Children" (ABC)

1968

Created the ABC daytime drama "One Life to Live"

1951

With Irna Phillips, co-created and wrote "Search for Tomorrow" (CSB)

1948

Started career by writing for radio soap opera "Women in White"

Created and produced the ABC serial "Loving"

Wrote--and rescued--"Another World" (NBC)

Co-created and wrote (with Phillips) "As the World Turns" (CBS)

Was head writer of CBS' "The Guiding Light"

Bonus Trivia

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In 1994, Nixon was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Science's Television Hall of Fame

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