Best Soap Writers of All-Time

by ReRun28 | created - 19 May 2017 | updated - 24 Nov 2018 | Public

They are bold, creative, and controversial in their approach to storytelling in the genre. Many who are on the list are no longer with us but they were able to pave the way for talent coming after them. This is pretty much a solid list, so I doubt I will be adding more. Enjoy the list.

1. 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.

2. 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 Love of Life (1951). She was married to Roland A. Labine Jr. She died on November 11, 2016 in Somers, Connecticut, ...

3. 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.

4. 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...

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

10. 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).

11. Kay Alden

Writer | The Young and the Restless

Priscilla Kay Alden was born October 24, 1946 in Hutchinson, Kansas. She got her Bachelor in education in 1967 at Emporia State University in Kansas and a Master's degree in speech and theatre in 1969 from Missouri State University as Alden strived to be a teacher. Eventually becoming a multiple ...

13. Jerome Dobson

Writer | Santa Barbara

Son-in-law of Frank Hursley and Doris Hursley.

14. Bridget Dobson

Writer | Santa Barbara

She and her husband, Jerome Dobson, are based in Atlanta, Georgia where Bridget is an artist.

15. Michael Malone

Writer | One Life to Live

Michael Malone is a writer and actor, known for One Life to Live (1968), Another World (1964) and 13 Bourbon St. (1997).

17. 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.

18. Bradley Bell

Writer | The Bold and the Beautiful

Born in Chicago on June 29, 1964, Bradley Phillip Bell is one of three children born to legendary television pioneers, Lee Phillip Bell, an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist and talk show personality, and the late Emmy Award- winning William J. Bell who created of the most popular daytime ...

19. 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 ...

21. 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.

23. Melissa Salmons

Writer | The Guiding Light

Melissa Salmons is a writer and producer, known for Guiding Light (1952), As the World Turns (1956) and Days of Our Lives (1965).

25. Michael Minnis

Writer | The Young and the Restless

Michael Minnis is known for his work on The Young and the Restless (1973) and The Bold and the Beautiful (1987).

27. Gary Tomlin

Writer | Search for Tomorrow

Gary Tomlin was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Search for Tomorrow (1951), Days of Our Lives (1965) and One Life to Live (1968).

28. Richard Culliton

Writer | Days of Our Lives

Richard Culliton is a writer, known for Days of Our Lives (1965), As the World Turns (1956) and Guiding Light (1952). He is married to Carolyn Culliton.

29. Elizabeth Harrower

Writer | The Young and the Restless

Betty Louise Foss was born during the final days of World War I in Alameda, California as the country plagued by a flu epidemic. Within six weeks, her mother died, her father had a nervous breakdown, and relatives passed her care around. As babies were thought to draw the deadly flu, Betty was ...

30. Sri Rao

Writer | What Goes On

Sri Rao is a writer, director, and producer based in New York City. He stands uniquely positioned at the intersection of Hollywood & Bollywood as one of the few Americans to have worked in the mainstream Indian film industry. Sri wrote the film "Baar Baar Dekho," featuring the record-breaking hit ...



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