One Life to Live (OLTL) and All My Children (AMC) creator Agnes Nixon completed the manuscript of her autobiography, My Life To Live, only a few days before she died in her sleep on September 28, 2016.
A year later, her book is available for soap opera fans and television historians alike.
In the Beginning
The first half of Nixon’s book is devoted to her childhood, her admiration of her hard-working, single mother, also named Agnes, life with her beloved Grandma Kate (sound familiar?), and her difficult relationship with her distant, demanding, and controlling father.
She based Pine Valley’s Palmer Cortlandt on him (though without the Dobermans). That should tell you everything you need to know about him.
All My Men
Nixon also devotes a great many pages to her first love and fiancé, an Air Force pilot who was killed during World War II.
Though Nixon had marched against that war, his death solidified her stance, and later led to AMC’s Amy being a vocal activist against the conflict in Vietnam.
She also details meeting and marrying her husband, Bob, the quick subsequent births of their four children — including a story of a nurse pumping her for Guiding Light spoilers as Agnes was in labor! — and Bob’s lifelong support of her writing career.
Nixon suffered a stroke during the writing of the book, which might explain the periodic errors.
These ranged from minor details like AMC’s…continue reading on the next page —>