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All Her Children: Agnes Nixon's Funeral Service Brings Touching & Bittersweet Reunion

Photo: Kim Delaney Instagram

Saturday morning funeral services were held for the iconic Agnes Nixon (creator All My Children and One Life to Live) who passed away earlier this week at the age  93 in Philadelphia.

Throughout the day, several touching posts made their way via social media from those who attended the service, and gathered together following the service, to celebrate the life and times of this remarkable woman whose mark on daytime soaps is unparalled.

In one of the most beautiful moments, former OLTL head writer, Ron Carlivati, shared with everyone of his followers on Twitter, the program from the funeral service, which included photos of Agnes, plus the now legendary quote from Nixon’s original bible of All My Children: “The Great and the Least, The Weak and the Strong, The Rich and the Poor, In Joy and Sorrow, In Triumph and Tragedy, You are All My Children.” 

Carlivati’s words accompany the images in his tweet were: “Celebrating the life of Agnes Nixon today and wanted to share this with all her children…”

Photo: RCarlivati Twitter

Former All My Children stars: Kim Delaney (Ex-Jenny Gardner), Darnell Williams (Ex-Jesse) and Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica) were in attendance. Delaney and Lucci shared some images of the reunion with their former co-stars and AMC producers gathered to remember Agnes, including: Francesca James (Ex-Kitty/Kelly) who later went on to be the EP of the series, Ginger Smith, who was Supervising Producer on ABC’s All My Children and later EP of Prospect Park’s reboot version, and former AMC producer, Carol Shure, former AMC head writer, Lorraine Broderick. former Consulting Producer and ABC Daytime executive consultant and EP, Randi Subarksy, AMC’s production team’s Rusty Swoop. and in the very front Agnes Nixon’s great-granddaughter. Fay.

Susan Lucci shared via Instagram shared: ” All Her Children–as some of us gathered today to say God speed and celebrate our beloved Agnes Nixon.”

Kim Delaney posted:  “Bittersweet reunion, RIP Agnes”

Carol Shure posted: “Celebrated the extraordinary life of Agnes Nixon with ALL her Children. She touched the lives of so many. I am blessed by her kindness, guidance, and love.”

Share your thoughts via the comment section below on the heartfelt images and posts from Carlivati, Lucci, and Delaney as we honor the life of Agnes Nixon this weekend, a woman who meant so much to so many.

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A true legend and a talented writer/creator. She will be sorely missed. Soap writers of today, take a page from Ms. Nixon. The word visionary totally describes her.

Very well said Lew S. I agree with you 100%.

amen, Lew S.

SAID PERFECTLY…A TRUE LEGEND…LADY WITH CLASS AND TALENT.

I stop-in and read both FV & RC twitter..
– RC– has soooo much great reminiscing soap pictures etc..
He no longer writes for a soap but reading his twitter page he has never forgotten, let go, of his love for all the soaps he wrote for…. I really enjoyed all his pics etc of days gone bye.
it’s worth a look-see ..

Agnes was greatly respected and loved..
It was wonderful so many that loved her gave her a great send off ..
A great Lady, indeed ..

All My Children and One Life To Live( along with General Hospital) were my childhood and into my college years and when I married and had my children and was a stay at home mom, I watched them everyday! Rest in Peace to Agnes Nixon who brought so many amazing stories to life! Thank You

The one and only…she is the singular greatest gift to daytime television that only one comes along in a lifetime. God Bless and thank you for all you came to give dear Agnes.

This made me cry. What more can be said.

I was never a huge fan of her abc shows but she was a legend

Truly the end of an era. Ms Nixon changed the face of the American soap opera. And as long as social media stays with us, we can always look at a clip of her work and be reminded of the incredible legacy she left behind. Rest in peace Ms Nixon. Thank you for sharing your one life with us.

And the story never ends.

AMC was the first soap I watched as an adult, after my son was born, and I was home during the day.
Agnes conceived and wrote the most compelling stories which few others have ever matched.
So sorry she’s passed.
So sorry her wonderful shows were shamefully dumped by ABC!

RIP, Agnes Love Ya!!! You was the best storyteller of Daytime….

Agnes Nixon and Irna Phillips were 2 of a kind — daytime visionaries! We will miss Agnes. Sad that she saw ABC cancel AMC and OLTL.

car
la and ed hall..vinnie and wanda wolek..the original rachel on another world who later became dorian lord..ruth and joe..billy clyde tuggle..donna beck..marco and tina…karen wolek…amazing well thought out characters and towns..back history galore..claudette montgomery and her mother..the amazing phoebe tyler ..langley..jesse and angie..jeff and mary…riveting on the edge of your seat shout at the screen drama…and that was daytime..R.I.P. a legend among many…a true standout.

Thank you , Agnes Nixon for the many, many Yeats of entertainment you gave us. All My Children was the best soap EVER! I wish so much it would return to weekday afternoons.

I’ll never forgive ABC for cancelling All My Children & One Life To Live simultaneously. Their ratings and replacements have never recovered those loyal audiences. Then CBS kills Guiding Light and As The World Turns. Just think of the losses of daytime viewers.

TOTALLY AGREE.. THE VIEWERS HAVE BEEN THE BIG LOSERS..THE NETWORKS ARE ONLY INTERESTED IN THE $.

Forever grateful how she touched my beloved CBS (P&G) shows: #AsTheWorldTurns, #GuidingLight and #SearchForTomorrow … and respectful of her creation and nurturing of her ABC serials #AllMyChildren, #Loving and #OneLifeToLive. Truly, the approaching end-of-an-era (…with only Lee Phillip Bell to connect us to that glorious past!) Safe passage, Aggie. #Godspeed

Life ending no matter what has a touch of sadness and bittersweetness. She may not have solved poverty,hunger or AIDs but her talent brought us smiles, tears, some social awareness and some great escapism. Some may say she brought us, created, the one and only Erica Kane – enough said. She will be missed but has led a full life and her memoirs are now finished too. She is one of the few writers/creators that was so well known publicly. So full of life, class and style – putting her family first – rumour has it a great mentor to Susan Lucci who also put family first before her career. A chapter has ended but the cover will always be opened by generations to follow. – The greatest; the least – she was the greatest.

Hello Skater Boy !

You are correct. Two words alone tell the tale of a great lady – Erica Kane!

thank you for all your stories
loved the soaps such a great release from world
cheers to phoebe, charles, Mona and the Martins

I have watched all of the ABC soaps since I was a child. I am now 52 and all that I have left to watch every day is General Hospital. I gasped when I saw their tribute of the October 4th, 2016 episode dedicated to her, as I had not heard that she had passed. That amazing woman created years of laughter, joy, tears. and love for me and all of her fans worldwide. I knew of Agnes Nixon fondly, and never have heard a negative word mentioned about her. May we all go through this life led by her example and grace. And by the fortitude that she showed by producing not one, but two of the greatest daytime hits of all time during an era when it wasn’t a woman’s “place” to be as wildly successful as she became. I grew up with All Her Children throughout my One Life to Live, and I have grown old with the rest of the cast and it has been a sheer joy. Thank you, Agnes Nixon, for all of the years of entertainment that you provided to us and a lifetime of companionship to me, with the one mainstay throughout my life- ABC soaps! Forever your fan, windy

What a beautiful tribute Windy! My feeling are similar to yours as is my story. I’m 54 years old and like you, grew up watching the ABC soaps. We are left with GENERAL HOSPITAL which always had a big following but never was as great as Ms. Nixons creations.

Wish you happiness Windi!

I was so saddened, to see the very last episode of OLTL, which I had watched/recorded, every single day, since 1992, and, wasn’t quite sure, just how I felt, about Prospect Park. Didn’t really matter, though, as I prefer television viewing to online viewing, so…that, for me, was the end of OLTL; however, I have become very attached to GH, and, enjoy every single episode.
Agnes- you were blessed with such a gift…and, now…you have your wings!

Rest In Peace,

Candi

Who can forget her creations? Rachel, Ada, Sam, and Lahoma on “Another World”… Phoebe Tyler, Nick Davis, Margo Flax, madcap Edna Thornton, and Tyrone the Pimp on “All My Children”… Carla and Sadie Gray, Vinnie, Anna, and Larry Wolek on “One Life to Live”… What I’ll remember most is the humor she injected into the soaps. Who didn’t chuckle at Nick Davis’ natty and outrageous mid-1970s outfits? Margo’s obsession to reclaim her youth and to land Paul Martin? Sadie and Anna’s heart-to-hearts? Phoebe’s insufferable snobbishness? For me, these characters and friendships were secondary to the love stories and plot twists. She created characters that were indelible. Thank you, Ms Nixon…

What strikes me of the millions of American women and to a lesser extent men who were her core audience in the 60’s, 70,s and 80’s have passed. That core audience was entertained and educated in the Empire begun by the great Ms Nixon.

I was lucky enough to meet the great Ms. N which in New York in January 12 , 2012. The eve of OLTL last airing. She was with Ron Carlivati. She was weak but not frail. She clung to him like a loving mother, he caring for her like he was the watchman of a priceless jewel. They must have loved each other so.

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Maurice Benard Reveals All My Children’s Lee Meriweather and Daughter’s Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

At the beginning of the latest episode of General Hospital star, Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos) State of Mind series, he delivered some heartbreaking news with a purpose.

Kyle Oldham, the daughter of former All My Children star, Lee Meriwether (ex-Ruth Martin), who previously made a guest appearance on Benard’s show, returned for a new interview which will be coming soon.

During their conversation, Oldham shared that her beloved mother has Alzheimer’s. Sadly, according to Benard, Kyle also revealed she has been diagnosed with the disease as well.

Photo: JPI

Maurice expressed, “We talked about her mother and having Alzheimer’s and it was an amazing interview. And then Kyle said, ‘I gotta tell you something. I have Alzheimer’s.’”

Apparently, Kyle has agreed to come on State of Mind, periodically as the effects of Alzheimer’s take a hold of her to help educate others. “We decided that she was gonna come in … she was gonna call me and tell me as she progresses,” Benard shared. “She was going to come in again so the audience could see with their eyes what Alzheimer’s does to someone.”

Benard’s guest for this current episode of State of Mind was Vernee Watson (Stella, GH), who along with Maurice, was part of the Alzheimer’s storyline on the ABC daytime drama series that saw Mike Corbin (Max Gail) eventually pass away.

Photo: JPI

As for Lee Meriwether, not only is she known for her role on AMC, but also for her roles as Catwoman in Batman: The Movie, and The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, and for the television series, Barnaby Jones, the New Andy Griffith Show and The Munsters to name only a few.

In soap operas, Meriwether was cast in The Young Marrieds years prior to her time on All My Children where she replaced Mary Fickett in the matriarchal role in the Martin family. She played the role from 1996-99, 2002-03, and 2007-11.

Meriwether’s daughter, Kyle Oldham, has been an actress and spokesperson herself through the years. She appeared on The Price is Right for over 14 years until she couldn’t anymore after going through multiple surgeries in her adult life.

You can check out the full episode of State of Mind with Maurice an Vernee below.

Share your thoughts on the sad news of both Lee Meriwether and her daughter Kyle Oldham, battling the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in the comment section below.

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Soap Favorites Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young Visit the Michael Fairman Channel

On Wednesday night, February 28, Four for Fun, the movie written and directed by former Days of our Lives and General Hospital star, Jason Cook (ex-Shawn-Douglas; ex-Matt, respectively), which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, Lucky, GH, and Rick, B&B), will have its premiere as part of The Golden State Film Festival.

If you’re in the Southern California area, tickets for the festival and to see Four for Fun showing at 7:30pm PT can be found here.

In the premise of the film, a dinner party between two couples experiencing eleven different endings, all of which points to the same conclusion – the best possible life comes from the one lived the most in the present. Sarpy and Young play one of the couples and actors Donovan Patton and Annika Foster, play the other.

Photo: FourforFun

After its premiere at the festival, on the next night, Jason, Brytni and Jacob will visit You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel for a livestream conversation about the making of the film, working with each other, and a discussion on their numerous soap opera roles and much more.

It all begins on Thursday night, February 29th beginning at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT. Make sure to join us in the live chat, so you can ask your questions and share your comments with this talented trio.

Photo: FourforFun

Check out the trailer for Four for Fun below, followed by how to watch the livestream interview.

Then, drop any questions you would like us to pose to Jason, Brytni and Jacob in the comment section, and we just might ask it live on Thursday night.

 

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Kelly Ripa Shares on Husband Mark Consuelos: “My Funny Valentine…Celebrating 29 Years of Love With This Guy”

Ah, we remember them when, right? Hard to believe that 29 years have passed since Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos tied the knot when they were mere young adults on All My Children on May 1st, 1996 and portraying Hayley and Mateo, respectively.

But, look at them now! Kelly and Mark are happily married with three children and co-hosting the top-rated syndicated morning talk show!

On Valentine’s Day, Mark took to his Instagram and Kelly took to hers, posting pics and snaps of their love for one another. Consuelos shared: “My forever Valentine…You make smile♥️♥️” to which Ripa replied “Ten Hearts.”

Photo: MConsuelosIG

Kelly posted a plethora of great shots of the duo through the years, captioning it all with “My funny Valentine…Celebrating 29 years of ♥️ with this guy 😍”

The photo album included: Kelly and Mark in matching blue and white outfits standing in front of a red sign that spells out the word “love.” In addition, Ripa chose some moments from their red-carpet appearances and some of their favorite vacations.

Photo: Live with Kelly/Mark IG

Meanwhile, the Live with Kelly and Mark social media account featured a shot of the couple wearing matching t-shirts that said, “Find someone that loves you as much as Mark loves Mark 😂 Happy Valentine’s Day!”

So, what do you think? Are Kelly and Mark the best example of a Valentine’s Day couple we know and love? Share your thoughts in the comment section and Happy Valentine’s Day from Michael Fairman TV!

 

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