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Agnes Nixon Highly-Anticipated Memoir MY LIFE TO LIVE Now Available Nationwide!

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Photo: Penguin Books

The iconic late creator of All My Children and One Life to Life, Agnes Nixon, has finally had her memoir released in bookstores and online nationwide.

Tuesday, March 21st was the release date of My Life to Live: How I Became The Queen of the Soaps When Men Rules The Airwaves.  

Nixon put the finishing touches on her book shortly before her passing last year. You can check it out for purchase here at Amazon.com.  According to the publisher Penguin Random House Books notes: My Life to Live details Agnes’ trailblazing rise to the top of the television industry, including behind-the-scenes stories from some of the most beloved soaps of all time. Before there was Erica Kane, Adam Chandler, or Victoria Lord, there was Agnes Nixon, a young girl who dreamed up stories for paper dolls. Those tales she imagined–ones filled with ambitions, rivalries, and romances–would soon parallel her own path to success. In a memoir filled with as much drama as the soaps she penned, Nixon shares her journey from Nashville to New York City, as she overcomes the loss of her fiancé in World War II, a father intent on crushing her writing dreams, and the jealousy of her male colleagues on her way to becoming one of the most successful names in television.

While fans will delight in Nixon’s own incredible life, they will also love her behind-the-scenes insight into her most popular shows. Inside, she shares the inspiration for Erica Kane and how she cast Susan Lucci in the role; an excerpt from the never-before-seen All My Children story bible; entertaining anecdotes about her shows’ beloved casts and special guests, including Carol Burnett, Kelly Ripa, Oprah Winfrey, and Warren Buffett; and more.

My Life to Live is also a portrait of a pioneer. Driven to use her ratings power for good, Nixon fought and broke network taboos by wrestling with controversial social issues ranging from women’s health, interracial relationships, and the Vietnam War to drug addiction, LGBT rights, and AIDS. By infusing her characters with sensitivity, humor, and humanity, she enabled millions to examine an opposite point of view. And long before Shonda Rhimes launched a golden age of female showrunners, Agnes Nixon positioned ABC to become the media giant it is today. She is a true television legend, and her candid and inspiring glimpse behind the curtain of the television industry will charm soap fans and story lovers alike.

So, AMC and OLTL fans, will you be picking up your copy of Agnes’ memoir? Comment below

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I pre-ordered this book on Amazon and it arrived at home Tuesday. I cannot wait to read it! I greatly enjoyed a Bill Bell biography not too long ago, as well as those penned by Jeanne Cooper, Susan Lucci, and Kim Zimmer. I have to get Eric Braeden’s and I have Thaao Penghlis’ story in my Kindle waiting.

Daytime drama is a rich wonderful genre of entertainment, too often maligned by those calling themselves high brow. I remain disappointed so many of our wonderful shows are now memories.

brian
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brian

Most definitely !

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Llanviewer717

God Bless her. Agnes Nixon completely changed the face of daytime TV with our beloved One Life to Live and All My Children. She gave us young, strong innovative characters, contemporary stories, class and humor. She was a true pioneer in ever sense of the word. How Ms. Nixon and our beloved shows are missed. I’m ordering my copy of her book today.

Steve
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Steve

How perfect would it be for the book on tape version to be spoken by Erika Slezak

Brad Clay
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Brad Clay

Omg such a wonderful idea I mis Vikis voice

Fran
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Fran

it’s on audio books .com read by Judith Ivey & Carol Burnett , but yes it would’ve been nice if ES did it she has a wonderful speaking voice . I hope she is mention in the book she was OLTL , but it probably be more of the same old thing AMC & SL .

Rodd
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Rodd

Can’t wait to get my hands on it!

Carlos
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Carlos

Yes, I can’t wait to buy 2 copies. She should be honored at this year’s Daytime Awards show.

Patricio
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Patricio

Got A chance to meet this great lady in New York a few years ago. A class act all the way! Just ordered my copy of the book.

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All My Children Virtual Reunion On Tap With Jill Larson, James Kiberd, and More

Some more residents of Pine Valley are set for another virtual reunion.

This time circle your calendars for next week on Wednesday, December 2nd.

That is when Matt Borlenghi (Ex-Brian Bodine), William Christian (Ex-Derek Frye), James Kiberd (Ex-Trevor Dillon) and Jill Larson (Ex-Opal Cortlandt) will gather from their respective homes for this conversation with Alan Locher on The Locher Room You Tube channel.

To watch the livestream conversation click here next week beginning at 1:00 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. PST

What were your favorite storylines through the years involving AMC’s Opal, Ttevor, Derek or Brian?  Let us know via the comment section below.

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WATCH: Kelly Ripa’s Walk Down Memory Lane with the Stars of All My Children & More On Her 30th Anniversary with Walt Disney Company

Today on Live with Kelly and Ryan, the morning show spotlighted Kelly Ripa’s 30-year career with ABC and the Walt Disney Company; which started back in 1990 when she took Pine Valley and All My Children by storm in the role of troubled teen, Hayley Vaughan.

On this special look-back episode of the syndicated talks show many guests from Kelly’s past and present career paid tribute to her accomplishments and remembered their time working with the talented actress and host.

From All My Children, Susan Lucci took part in the special anniversary and group virtual conversation with Ripa along with Eva LaRue, Walt Willey, Ripa’s husband, Mark Consuelos, Cameron Mathison, Finola Hughes and Dondre T Whitfield   Then, Ripa’s former Hope & Faith co-star Faith Ford was part of the festivities.

There were several special moments throughout the episode and you can watch some of them below.   Kelly made her ABC debut on this date, November 5th, 1990!

So, check out the anniversary celebration for Kelly below, and then share your well-wishes and congrats to her via the comment section.

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Kelly Ripa to Celebrate 30 Years at Walt Disney Company With Former Co-Stars of All My Children

Soap fans can say they knew her when, and tomorrow on the Thursday, November 5th episode of the syndicated talker Live with Kelly and Ryan, Kelly Ripa, celebrates her 30th anniversary with the Walt Disney Company and ABC.

Ripa started her journey as Hayley Vaughan on All My Children, a role she made her debut with back in 1990.

Joining Kelly for her anniversary with the company and network are former AMC castmates: Finola Hughes (ex-Alex/Anna), Eva La Rue (ex-Maria), Susan Lucci (ex-Erica), Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan), Dondré T. Whitfield (ex-Terrence) and Walt Willey (ex-Jackson).

Kelly stayed with All My Children until 2002, and along the way met her husband, Mark Consuelos who played Mateo on the show.

In 2001, Ripa replaced Kathie Lee Gifford as co-host of what then became Live with Regis and Kelly.  She also appeared on the sitcom Hope & Faith with Faith Ford from 2003-2006.  Ford will also participate in tomorrow’s special episode.

Check local listings in your area to watch Ripa’s anniversary celebration.

Share your favorite moment of Kelly as Pine Valley’s Hayley, or any other moment you loved in her television career via the comment section below.

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