"I think the soap opera's time has come," she told the Associated Press in 1982 when CAPITOL premiered. "It is the true realization of the novel, and we're happy to be in it. This is a true American art form.
"We have a very strong story to tell in CAPITOL. It didn't become a feature film. It didn't become a miniseries. It didn't become a novel. It became a soap opera because it needs the time to unfold. And you have a more responsive audience out there during the day than you do at night."
episodes of “The Name of the Game” and Kung Fu,” as well as the theatrical film “Adam at 6 A.M.,” died Oct. 21 in Moorpark, Calif. She was 73.
During a career that spanned the late 1960s to the early 1990s, Karpf-Hager wrote episodes of DYNASTY, THE NAME OF THE GAME and KUNG FU, as well as the theatrical film Adam at 6 A.M. She also co-penned the TV movies Marriage: Year One, Rolling Man, Gargoyles, Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell and Letters From Frank and the 1976 miniseries Captains and the Kings.
Karpf-Hager earned bachelor's and master's degrees in radio/TV/film from Northwestern U.
She is survived by husband Robert Hager Jr.; two sons and a daughter; and eight grandchildren.
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