Wednesday, April 5, 2017

My Life to Live: How I Became the Queen of Soaps When Men Ruled the Airwaves

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I've never been a soap opera fan, but I enjoy reading about the behind the scenes action in the television industry. So I was fascinated by my latest read, My Life to Live: How I Became the Queen of Soaps When Men Ruled the Airwaves by Agnes Nixon.



Nixon is the Emmy-winning creator and writer of All My Children and One Life to Live. She rose to the top of the television industry, from a young girl who dreamed up stories for paper dolls to a woman who experienced just as much drama as the soaps she wrote, at a time when women were rarely taking serious in the biz. This fascinated memoir shares the soap opera that is her own life, and covers personal experiences outside of her writing career as well, including the loss of her fianc√© in World War II. But it's the story behind her struggle to rise as a behind-the-scenes star that fascinates: she dealt early on with a father intent on crushing her writing dreams, later the jealousy of her male colleagues tried unsuccessfully to get in her way as she worked to become one of the most successful names in television.

If you indeed love soaps, you'll love her behind-the-scenes insight into her most popular shows, including her 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.
Learn more about television legend Agnes Nixon in My Life to Live: How I Became the Queen of Soaps When Men Ruled the Airwaves, now available at your local library. 

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