The death of Agnes Nixon, the legendary creator of One Life to Live, ‘All My Children’ other soap operas, at age 93, has brought forth an outpouring of reactions and tributes from daytime drama stars and celebrities. Many are paying tribute to the pioneering writer and producer was known as the Queen of Soaps.
The sad news broke on Wednesday, September 27th, that Agnes Nixon had died at he died at a physical rehabilitation facility in Haverford, Pennsylvania, as confirmed by her son Bob Nixon to major media outlets. She died from complications of Parkinson’s disease.
As Philly.com, reports, Disney CEO Robert A. Iger issued a written statement, in part, “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.”
Yes, she was a pioneer for her courage in addressing societal issues that many others might have shied away from, including such hot-button topics as child abuse, AIDS, interracial relationships, STDs, cancer just to name a few. Her first soap opera, ‘One Life to Live,’ premiered in 1968 and ran through 2013. Her second major soap, ‘All My Children ran from 1970 to 2011.
As the decades unfolded, both soaps stayed current and relevant with storylines that reflected societal changes and upheavals. She told NPR in an interview in 2010, “”I wasn’t trying to change the genre, I was just trying to write what I thought, what was interesting to me.”
The Academy of Television Arts celebrated her work, bestowing upon her the Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 2010. Presenting the award was none other than Susan Lucci, who portrayed Erica Kane throughout the 41-year run of ‘One Live to Live.’
As the news was confirmed many in Hollywood took to Twitter and Instagram to react and to pay tribute. Here’s a roundup of what’s being said of the trailblazer who is no longer with us.
I am devastated to learn that we have lost Agnes. I adored her and admired her–and I am… https://t.co/fZHBamiDnN
— Susan Lucci (@Susan_Lucci) September 28, 2016
I am saddened to hear of the passing of #AgnesNixon. Talented and kind, she gave me my start 33 yrs ago on "Loving." Sweet passage dear one.
— Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) September 29, 2016
— Daytime Emmy Awards (@DaytimeEmmys) September 28, 2016
— cameron mathison (@CameronMathison) September 28, 2016