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Daytime Emmy nominated soap opera writer passes away.

Soaps.com is sad to report that television and daytime scriptwriter Roccina “Rocci” Chatfield passed away on August 24 of natural causes in Los Angeles. Her death was reported on Twitter by the Writers Guild of America West. She was 93.

Chatfield was born in Boulder, Colorado, and attended Massachusetts’ Endicott College. She was a member of the Television Academy for over 40 years and served as Governor of the Writers Peer Group for six terms. She also served two terms on the Academy’s Executive Committee. Additionally, she produced notable Academy events, such as the popular Inside panel series, along with an annual Family Day celebration and special evenings with such stars as Tony Bennett and Liza Minnelli. She also wrote and produced the Academy’s 60th-anniversary gala and served on numerous committees, including Hall of Fame, Daytime Awards, Governors Award, Governors Ball, Primetime Awards, Primetime Awards Show, By-Laws, Membership, Hyphenate and more. Chatfield was also a member of the Writers Guild of America and served on the negotiating committee during the 1988 writers’ strike. She was honored with the Writers Guild of America Service Award for her contributions to the organization.

Her television career began in the 1960s writing on shows such as Family Affair and My Three Sons, and later in the 1970s for Little House on the Prairie. She served as a scriptwriter on Days of our Lives from 1978 until 1982, during which time she was nominated for Outstanding Writing on a Daytime Drama as part of the writing team. She went on to write for the NBC soap opera Generations from 1989 until 1991 and ended her career working on a 1993 episode of Knots Landing. In acknowledgment of her professional achievements, her hometown of Boulder, Colorado, declared April 30, 2016, Rocci Chatfield Appreciation Day.

Soaps.com sends condolences to Chatfield’s friends and loved ones and invites you to browse a gallery of other members of the daytime family we’ve lost in 2019.