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ONE LIFE TO LIVE Writer Michael Malone Dead at 80


The soap world has lost one of its most talented creators. Writer Michael Malone has died at the age of 80. He passed away on August 19, 2022, at his home in Clinton, CT. 

Soap fans will remember Malone well as the award-winning headwriter of ONE LIFE TO LIVE, a position he held from 1991-96. During his tenure on the ABC soap, Malone wrote the classic storyline where Father Andrew defended gay teen Billy Douglas, created the infamous character of Todd Manning and penned the gang rape of Marty Saybrooke and the subsequent trial. He earned multiple Daytime Emmy Award nominations for his work, and took home the Outstanding Writing trophy in 1994. Malone also earned numerous Writers Guild Award nominations and took home that prize in 1993.

In 1997, Malone moved over to NBC to become the headwriter of ANOTHER WORLD, though that run lasted only until December of that year. In 2003, he returned to OLTL to co-headwrite the soap along with Josh Griffith. During this time, he wrote a novel called The Killing Club, which was tied into the soap as Llanview resident Marcie Walsh penned the book.

Malone was responsible for one of OLTL’s most powerful storylines.Steve Fenn/ABC via Getty Images

In addition to his work in daytime, Malone also penned multiple novels during his extensive writing career, including titles like Handling Sin, Time’s Witness, First Lady, The Last Noel, and The Four Corners of the Sky.

Malone is survived by his wife, Maureen Quilligan, his sister Sheila Waller, his brother David Malone, his half-sister Kareen Malone, his half-brother Stephen Malone, his daughter Maggie, and son-in-law Matt, as well as nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.

Our thoughts are will all of Malone’s friends and family during this difficult time.

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