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A Farewell (For Now) To 'All My Children'

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 23rd 2011 2:30PM
All My ChildrenThe 'All My Children' scrapbook is closing. After a 41-year run, the series will broadcast its final episode today on ABC.

Created by Agnes Nixon, the serial debuted on January 5, 1970 and, from the beginning, blended social issues with a diverse cast of multi-generational characters set in the fictional town of Pine Valley.

Late soap opera historian Christopher Schemering called Nixon in 1988 "the most respected and influential writer in daytime drama" and wrote that 'AMC' was a "winning mixture of socially oriented drama, young love and drawing room comedy."

Nixon had actually written the bible for 'AMC' back in the '60s, but the show wasn't picked up until years later.

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'All My Children' Star Mary Fickett Dies at 83

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 12th 2011 2:05PM
Mary FickettMary Fickett, an original cast member of 'All My Children,' has died. She was 83, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Fickett won the first Emmy given to a daytime actress for her role as nurse Ruth Brent Martin.

Fickett played the character from 1970-1996. She left the series and was replaced by veteran actress Lee Meriwether. After departing the series, Fickett only returned to 'All My Children' once in 2000.

Aside from 'All My Children,' Fickett is known for her roles on 'The Edge of Night' and her Broadway work. She appeared in 'Tea & Sympathy' and was nominated for a Tony in 1958 for playing Eleanor Roosevelt in 'Sunrise at Campobello.'

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