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Also Known As: Agnes Eckhardt Died:
Born: December 10, 1927 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: TV series creator, screenwriter

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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...

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."

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1948:
Started career by writing for radio soap opera "Women in White"
1951:
With Irna Phillips, co-created and wrote "Search for Tomorrow" (CSB)
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Co-created and wrote (with Phillips) "As the World Turns" (CBS)
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Was head writer of CBS' "The Guiding Light"
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Wrote--and rescued--"Another World" (NBC)
1968:
Created the ABC daytime drama "One Life to Live"
1970:
Created, wrote and has since consulted on "All My Children" (ABC)
1981:
Wrote the primetime miniseries "The Manions of America" (ABC)
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Created and produced the ABC serial "Loving"
1995:
Melded "Loving" into short-lived "The City" (canceled in 1996)
2000:
Appointed as overall story consultant for ABC Daytime
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Education

Northwestern University: Evanston , Illinois - 1948

Notes

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

"People just couldn't believe that I could hold a job and be a really good mother. It wasn't easy, but it worked out."--Agnes Nixon

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husband:
Robert Henry Adolphus Nixon. Executive. Former auto company executive; died on November 22, 1996.

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father:
Harry Joseph Eckhardt. Burial garments manufacturer.
mother:
Agnes Patricia Eckhardt. Insurance treasurer.
daughter:
Catherine Agnes Nixon.
daughter:
Mary Frances Nixon.
son:
Robert Henry Nixon.
daughter:
Emily Ann Nixon.
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