The daytime community had a tremendous loss this past week. Agnes Nixon, the force behind “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and the co-creator behind “Loving,” had passed away at the age of 93. A talented force brought us such vibrant characters like Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) and Victoria Lord (Erika Slezak) to our television screens for many years.
Aside from the creation of those shows, she had worked with the likes of the late William J. Bell, and the late Irna Phillips. Many from the soap world came together to offer their sincere condolences on Nixon’s passing. Others also spoke about their favorite soaps scenes from the ABC shows she created. Besides Erica Kane’s many marriages to the men in Pine Valley, it was Erica’s abortion storyline that put a radar on the show.
Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company, released a statement:
“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.”
Our hearts are heavy with Agnes Nixon leaving us. However, she also left us an incredible legacy.