Agnes Nixon, 'All My Children' creator, dies at 88 (Report)

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Agnes Nixon, creator of the soap operas "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," died Wednesday morning, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. She was 88.

Susan Lucci, who portrayed Erica Kane on "All My Children," paid tribute to Nixon via Instagram on Wednesday, writing, "I am devastated to learn that we have lost Agnes. I adored her and admired her–and I am forever grateful to her! May this liveliest and loveliest of women rest in peace."

Nixon's daughter Mary remembered her mother as someone who strove to help viewers understand their own lives better.

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"The thing as an adult that I look back on is she really made people look at stigma and people's own feelings about a lot of important issues in her time and in our time," Mary Nixon told the Inquirer. "She really wanted to help people learn and grow. It was more than just about how many marriages ... [it was to help viewers] have a better understanding of life."

Among the groundbreaking moments delivered by "All My Children" was the first onscreen lesbian kiss on daytime television in 2003, and a storyline about a transgender character's coming out in 2006.

Born in 1927 in Chicago, Nixon attended Northwestern University, and broke into soap operas as a protege of "Guiding Light" and "As the World Turns" creator Ima Phillips.

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Creator Agnes Nixon of the soap opera series "All My Children" participates in a panel discussion at the Disney ABC winter 2010 Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California January 12, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT HEADSHOT)
Creator Agnes Nixon (L) waves as she and cast member Susan Lucci walk onto the stage together, before performing a scene from the soap opera "All My Children" that originally aired 40 years ago, before participating in a panel discussion at the Disney ABC winter 2010 Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California January 12, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
THE VIEW - 'THE VIEW' salutes the daytime drama 'ONE LIFE TO LIVE,' which is having its final broadcast on Jan. 13th. Guest co-host Erika Slezak and cast members were guests on the show which airs on FRIDAY, JAN. 13 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) JAMES DEPAIVA, KASSIE DEPAIVA, ROBERT S. WOODS, JUDITH LIGHT, ROBIN STRASSER, HILLARY B. SMITH; WHOOPI GOLDBERG, JOY BEHAR, ELISABETH HASSELBECK, ANDREA EVANS; ERIKA SLEZAK, SHERRI SHEPHERD, AGNES NIXON
THE VIEW - 'THE VIEW' salutes the daytime drama 'ONE LIFE TO LIVE,' which is having its final broadcast on Jan. 13th. Guest co-host Erika Slezak and cast members were guests on the show which airs on FRIDAY, JAN. 13 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) JUDITH LIGHT, AGNES NIXON
ALL MY CHILDREN - The final episode of ABC Daytime's 'All My Children' taped on August 30, 2011 and will air on Friday, September 23, 2011 on the ABC Television Network. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) SUSAN LUCCI, AGNES NIXON
LAS VEGAS - JUNE 27: Agnes Nixon, (L) and Suan Lucci attend a bruch in Nixon's honor on June 27, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - JUNE 27: Agnes Nixon is honored for her Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards Lifetime Achievement Award at a brunch on June 27, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 29: (L-R) Producer Agnes Nixon and Cathy Chicos attend the 39th Annual Peace Over Violence Humanitarian Awards at the Beverly Hills Hotel on October 29, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - JUNE 27: Actress Agnes Nixon speaks onstage at the 37th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards held at the Las Vegas Hilton on June 27, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
ALL MY CHILDREN - 8/11/11 Award-winning actress Carol Burnett will return to 'All My Children' for a few episodes this September as Verla Grubbs. Pictured: Creator Agnes Nixon and Carol Burnett on AMC set. 'All My Children' airs Monday-Friday (1-2 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. AMC11 (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) AGNES NIXON, CAROL BURNETT
'All My Children' show creator, Agnes Nixon was joined by executive producer Julie Hanan Carruthers and cast members Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Debbi Morgan and Rebecca Budig to celebrate the shows 40th Anniversary as a featured panel at the New York Times Arts & Leisure Weekend on Sunday, January 10th in New York City. Shown here at the event, Rebecca Budig,Susan Lucci,Agnes Nixon, Julie Hanan Carruthers (Photo by Anthony Randell/ABC via Getty Images) REBECCA BUDIG,SUSAN LUCCI,AGNES NIXON,JULIE HANAN CARRUTHERS
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 21: Creator Agnes Nixon and actress Susan Lucci arrive at AFTRA's Evening with the cast and creative team of ''All My Children'' held at The Paley Center for Media on January 21, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
'All My Children' show creator, Agnes Nixon was joined by executive producer Julie Hanan Carruthers and cast members Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Debbi Morgan and Rebecca Budig to celebrate the shows 40th Anniversary as a featured panel at the New York Times Arts & Leisure Weekend on Sunday, January 10th in New York City. The interviewer was Jacques Steinberg. (Photo by Anthony Randell/ABC via Getty Images) AGNES NIXON,SUSAN LUCCI,JULIE HANAN CARRUTHERS,DEBBI MORGAN,CAMERON MATHISON,REBECCA BUDIG,JACQUES STEINBERG
LAS VEGAS - JUNE 27-Agnes Nixon poses with the Lifetime Achievement Award in the trophy room at the 37th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards held at the Las Vegas Hilton on June 27, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/via WireImage/ABC via Getty Images) AGNES NIXON
'All My Children' show creator, Agnes Nixon was joined by executive producer Julie Hanan Carruthers and cast members Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Debbi Morgan and Rebecca Budig to celebrate the shows 40th Anniversary as a featured panel at the New York Times Arts & Leisure Weekend on Sunday, January 10th in New York City. Shown here at the event, Susan Lucci poses on the red carpet with Angela Lansbury who is starring on Broadway in 'A Little Night Music.' (Photo by Anthony Randell/ABC via Getty Images) ANGELA LANSBURY,SUSAN LUCCI
LAS VEGAS - JUNE 27: Actress Agnes Nixon poses with the Lifetime Achievement Award in the press room at the 37th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards held at the Las Vegas Hilton on June 27, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Agnes Nixon during The Museum of Television and Radio Kicks Off 'She Made It: Women Creating Television and Radio' at The Museum of Television and Radio in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: Show creator and writer Agnes Nixon at the 'All My Children' 10,000 episode celebration at 320 West 66th Street on October 16, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/WireImage)
Agnes Nixon during NYC Mayor Bloomberg Hosts Reception for 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Gracie Mansion in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Marc Bryan-Brown/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - FEBRUARY 9: (L-R) Agnes Nixon, Nanette Fabray and Sid Caesar attend Museum of Television and Radio Gala Honoring Sid Caesar on February 9, 2000 at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
THE VIEW - 'The View' Special Edition-All My Children: Moving Pine Valley' - as the popular daytime drama relocates to Los Angeles to continue its tradition of dazzling audiences with 40 years of groundbreaking storytelling, The View' paid tribute with a one-hour celebration on FRIDAY,DEC.11, 2009 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) on the ABC Television Network. The show featured 'All My Children's creator and television pioneer, Agnes Nixon: stars Susan Lucci,Debbi Morgan,Rebecca Budig,Cameron Mathison,Michael E.Knight,Vincent Irizarry and a very special surprise guest. (Photo by Donna Svennevik/ABC via Getty Images) AGNES NIXON
AGNES NIXON AT HOME LAYOUT - 1989 (Photo by ABC PHOTO ARCHIVES/ABC via Getty Images)
AGNES NIXON ON SET - 1989 (Photo by ABC PHOTO ARCHIVES/ABC via Getty Images)
LOVING - L.A. Press Tour - Shoot Date: June 13, 1983. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PRODUCER AGNES NIXON
LOVING - Behind-the-Scenes Coverage - Shoot Date: April 29, 1983. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) AGNES NIXON
LOVING - Behind-the-Scenes Coverage - Shoot Date: April 29, 1983. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) L-R: JOSIE EMMERICH;JOSEPH STUART;AGNES NIXON;DOUGLAS MARLAND
LOVING - Show Coverage - Shoot Date: April 19, 1983. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) AGNES NIXON;JOSEPH STEWART
ALL MY CHILDREN - Agnes Nixon portrait - 5/7/81 AGNES NIXON (PHOTO BY ABC PHOTO ARCHIVES/ABC via Getty Images)
ONE LIFE TO LIVE - Airdate August 14, 1980. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) AGNES NIXON
ALL MY CHILDREN - 1000th Episode Cast Party - 11/9/73Pictured, top row, left: Ray MacDonnell, Eileen Letchworth, Hugh Franklin. Judith Barcroft, Lawrence Keith, Writer and Creator of 'All My Children' Agnes Nixon; middle row: Susan Lucci, Frances Heflin, Kay Campbell, Susan Blanchard, Ruth Warrick, Mary Fickett, Francesca James; bottom row: Nicholas Benedict, Charles Frank, Chris Hubbell(Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
ALL MY CHILDREN - 6/29/78 Location shoot for Erica and Tom's wedding, June 29, 1978. AMC78 BOB NIXON, AGNES NIXON, SUSAN LUCCI, RICHARD SHOBERG (Photo by Steve Fenn/ABC via Getty Images)
ONE LIFE TO LIVE - Airdate November 5, 1975. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) AGNES NIXON
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Phillips' other protege at the time was William J. Bell, who would later create the soaps "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful."

In a statement issued Wednesday, Walt Disney Company chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger called Nixon's impact on daytime television and pop culture "undeniable."

"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," Iger said. "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."

"All My Children" ran for 41 years on ABC, until 2011, while "One Life to Live" ran for more than 43 years on the same network, until 2012.

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