March 25, 2004 by

Kiki McCabe

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Categories: Hollywood, Medicine, Writers/Editors

Mary Catherine “Kiki” Priester McCabe, an Emmy Award-winning soap opera writer, died on March 7 from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She was 75.
The Iowa native first broke into show business as a secretary to soap opera maven Agnes Nixon. In the early 1960s, Nixon created the daytime dramas “One Life to Live” and “All My Children,” and served as the head writer on many others. Originally, Nixon dictated to McCabe. But over time, Kiki came to know the characters intimately and would offer story suggestions.
For the next 20 years, they were a top notch writing team with Nixon developing plotlines and McCabe writing dialogue for soaps like “Guiding Light” and “Another World.” From 1970 to 1983, they penned scripts for “All My Children”; McCabe even won an Emmy Award for her writing.
In 1986, McCabe obtained a master’s degree in social work from the University of Georgia. She spent her final years working as a counselor for the DeKalb Mental Health Center in Atlanta, Ga.

One Response to Kiki McCabe

  1. emily nixon

    “Aunt” Kiki McCabe was my Godmother, and a wonderful one. She was also a loving mother,sister, wife, daughter as well as a great friend to my parents, Agnes and Robert Nixon.
    Kiki was a gifted pianist and loved laughter and the written word. I still have all the fun children’s books she gave to me to mark special occasions in my childhood.
    She will be greatly missed. Emily Anne Nixon

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