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(born July 1, 1901, Chicago, Ill., U.S.died Dec. 22, 1973, Chicago) U.S. radio producer and director. She worked as a teacher before turning to writing for radio and creating the first soap opera, Painted Dreams (1930). Later known as Queen of the Soaps, she introduced techniques such as the organ bridge to give a smooth flow between scenes and the cliff-hanger ending to each episode. Her daytime radio serials included Today's Children (1933–38, 1943–50); The Guiding Light (1937–56; television, 1952–); Road of Life (1937–59); and Women in White (1938–42, 1944–48), the first hospital soap opera. She also created the television serials As the World Turns (1956) and Another World (1964).
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