Donna began her career working on All My Children as a program executive. She worked closely with Agnes Nixon, the show's creator (and head writer at the time), with firsthand involvement in the crafting of stories about then-new characters like Jesse and Angie Hubbard, as well as some classic Erica tales. Donna went on to serve as head writer for Another World from 1988-1992. In 1997, she joined the writing team of Guiding Light. In 2004, she joined David as co-head writer of the show. Other writing credits include Port Charles and The Bold and the Beautiful.
Said Donna: "Working with Agnes Nixon was a highlight of my career. My first job in soaps was as Director of Daytime at ABC. I was assigned to, among other soaps, AMC. I remember sitting next to Agnes in meetings and marveling at how she always went right to the heart of scenes. How she brilliantly crafted the dreamers, the strivers, the connivers, the heroes -- so that we loved everyone of them. At times, Pine Valley was more real to me than Manhattan. I was lucky to learn how to tell story at the feet of a true Master".
The head writing duties of All My Children have been vacant since Chuck Pratt exited the role in November of 2009.
A new head writing regime is not the only change the show has undergone lately. The cast JUST started taping in Los Angeles. To see which cast members made the move, visit our gallery here.
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