Agnes Nixon has another life to live
"My father wanted me to take over his business," Agnes explained. "He said I had no ability as a writer, and I had to run the Perfection Burial Garment Company. So to dissuade me further he got an appointment through a doctor friend, who was Irna Phillips' doctor, (for Phillips) to interview me, and he was convinced this woman would 'set me straight,' as he put it. So I went to her three days after I finished Northwestern and gave her a script I had written. She read it aloud with her secretary sitting at the desk and put it down and said, "How would you like to work for me?" That was pretty exciting."
"I'll be the creative consultant," she added about her role with AMC. "Sometimes there are writers who don't want my help, but for the most part I have the big ideas. We're going to have a hiatus, you know, for three months. And the head of Prospect Park (the production company taking over the shows) said, 'We've got to have a big cliffhanger for that three months.' And so I came up with one which I can't tell you. But they loved it."
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