15 Best Soap Opera Writers of All Time

by tbell1826 | created - 06 Jul 2013 | updated - 06 Jul 2013 | Public

1. Irna Phillips

Writer | Days of Our Lives

Irna Phillips was born on July 1, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She was a writer and producer, known for Days of Our Lives (1965), The Brighter Day (1954) and Another World (1964). She died on December 23, 1973 in Chicago.

2. William J. Bell

Writer | The Young and the Restless

William J. Bell was born on March 6, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as William Joseph Bell. He was a writer and producer, known for The Young and the Restless (1973), Days of Our Lives (1965) and The Bold and the Beautiful (1987). He was married to Lee Phillip Bell. He died on April 29, 2005 in Los...

3. Agnes Nixon

Writer | All My Children

Agnes Nixon was born on December 10, 1922 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Agnes Eckhardt. She was a writer and actress, known for All My Children (1970), One Life to Live (1968) and The City (1995). She was married to Robert Henry Nixon. She died on September 28, 2016 in Pennsylvania, USA.

4. Douglas Marland

Writer | The Guiding Light

Douglas Marland was born on May 5, 1935 in West Sand Lake, New York City, New York, USA as Marland Messner. He was a writer and actor, known for Guiding Light (1952), As the World Turns (1956) and Another World (1964). He died on March 8, 1993 in New York City.

5. James E. Reilly

Writer | The Guiding Light

James E. Reilly was born on July 15, 1948 in Bountiful, Utah, USA. He is known for his work on Guiding Light (1952), Passions (1999) and Days of Our Lives (1965). He died on October 12, 2008 in New York City, New York, USA.

6. Harding Lemay

Writer | Another World

Harding Lemay was born on March 16, 1922 in North Bangor, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Another World (1964), Guiding Light (1952) and The Doctors (1963). He was married to Dorothy LeMay. He died on May 26, 2018.

7. Claire Labine

Writer | Ryan's Hope

Claire Labine was born on June 28, 1934 in Jacksonville, Florida, USA as Claire Vaughn Wood. She was a writer and producer, known for Ryan's Hope (1975), General Hospital (1963) and Guiding Light (1952). She was married to Roland A. Labine Jr. She died on November 11, 2016 in Somers, Connecticut, ...

8. Robert Guza Jr.

Writer | General Hospital

Robert Guza Jr. is a writer and producer, known for General Hospital (1963), Santa Barbara (1984) and Melanie (1982). He has been married to Meg Bennett since May 25, 2004.

9. Megan McTavish

Writer | All My Children

Megan McTavish is a writer and actress, known for All My Children (1970), Guiding Light (1952) and General Hospital (1963).

10. Pamela K. Long

Writer | The Guiding Light

Pamela K. Long is a multiple Emmy Award winning writer, Executive Producer, and former Miss Alabama. Born in Shreveport Louisiana and raised in Huntsville Alabama, Pamela got her start as an actress on the NBC soap "Texas" where she starred as Ashley Linden. NBC quickly recognized Pam's talent for ...

11. Lorraine Broderick

Writer | All My Children

She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College. She received her Masters degree in East Asian studies from Stanford University. She became associate dean of the College at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where she also taught Chinese literature until 1979.

12. Josh Griffith

Writer | The Young and the Restless

During the writers' strike of 2007-2008, he chose financial core status with the Writers Guild of America and continued working.

13. Hogan Sheffer

Writer | As the World Turns

Hogan Sheffer was born on June 12, 1958 in York, Pennsylvania, USA as Mark Wayne Sheffer. He was a writer, known for As the World Turns (1956), The Young and the Restless (1973) and Days of Our Lives (1965). He died on September 28, 2019 in York.

14. Ron Carlivati

Writer | One Life to Live

Ron Carlivati is a writer and producer, known for One Life to Live (1968), General Hospital (1963) and Days of Our Lives (1965).



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