Legendary soap opera creator, Agnes Nixon, dead at 93 image

Saying goodbye to a daytime legend.

Updated October 4:

Executive Producer Frank Valentini announced earlier today that General Hospital’s October 4 episode was dedicated to Agnes Nixon.

Updated October 3:

On Saturday October 1 at 10: 30 AM, family and friends gathered to say goodbye to Agnes Nixon at St. Thomas of Villanova Chapel at 1229 E. Lancaster Avenue in Rosemont, Pennsylvania.

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Updated September 29:

Of Nixon's death, "All My Children" actress Jennifer Bassey (Marian Colby Chandler, 1983 to 2011) stated, "Agnes Nixon was a brilliant, creative and extraordinarily talented woman ahead of her time. For decades, Agnes created and wrote for numerous soap operas, with 'All My Children' being the most innovative. Agnes was passionate and truly committed to using Pine Valley to help raise consciousness about social issues and incorporated them into storylines, including the Vietnam War, gays, abortion, and AIDS, among others. She even introduced the first Cougar to Daytime with 'Marian Colby' - whom I was lucky enough to portray for 28 years. I am deeply honored to have been One of Her Children."

Please note, correction: The initial release stated Nixon’s age as 88. She was 93 at the time of her death.

Previously reported September 28:

Soap opera creator and daytime legend Agnes Nixon passed away this morning, Wednesday September 28. The Inquirer Daily News received confirmation from Nixon’s ex-son-in-law David Hiltbrand. Agnes' son also confirmed to TMZ that she died from complications of Parkinson's and pneumonia at home in Pennsylvania, where she had completed her memoir, My Life to Live last weekend.

Born in Chicago, Agnes Nixon graduated from Northwestern University and began working during the 1950s and 1960s as a writer for "Search for Tomorrow," "Loving/The City," "As the World Turns," "Another World" and "Guiding Light," which was the longest running soap opera that began in the 1930s. Nixon later went on to create ABC's "One Life to Live," which debuted in 1968, and then a year later, she created "All My Children," and headed the writing team.

Sadly, all of these soaps were canceled years ago, yet when "AMC" and "OLTL," which were both canceled in 2011 and later rebooted on Hulu, Nixon said, "I’m just so happy that ABC found a home where the legacies of 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' can continue. I’m excited for their future with Prospect Park. It takes a lot of living to make a soap opera a serial, and the wonderful teams on both shows have done just that. Together, we are a big family that keeps going, and I’m looking forward to working alongside these wonderful people as we ensure that the shows will continue with all the love and excitement we’ve always had. I also am so happy for our loyal fans, whom we love so much, and who have been so supportive over the last 40 plus years."

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Nixon was recognized by many and was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1992, into the Soap Opera Hall of Fame at a Planet Hollywood restaurant in 1994, received the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Trustees Award for Continued Excellence in 1981 and took home the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in 2010 – to name a few of her accolades.

The icon was married to Robert Nixon in 1951 until his death in 1996 and the couple shared four children. Soaps.com sends Nixon’s family and friends our deepest condolences, as the entire soaps genre mourns a legend.

Here's a statement on behalf of Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company, on the passing of legendary TV producer Agnes Nixon:

“It is with a heavy heart I mourn the passing of television pioneer Agnes Nixon, someone I was proud to call a friend. Agnes’ impact on daytime television and pop culture is undeniable. She was the first to champion socially relevant topics, and the towns and characters Agnes brought to life leave an indelible imprint on television that will be remembered forever. On behalf of Walt Disney and ABC, I want to extend our deepest condolences to her family.”

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