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Higley Named ‘One Life to Live’ Head Writer

Sep 22, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Dena Higley, a staff writer for NBC’s “Days of our Lives” for the past 19 years, has been named head writer of ABC’s “One Life to Live.” The announcement by ABC said that the start date for Ms. Higley, who is replacing Michael Malone, will be announced “in the coming weeks.”

Ms. Higley is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she majored in theater and was an acting student of John Houseman. In 1985 she was named associate head writer of “Days” and in 2002 and 2003 she served as head writer. She has spent the past year as a dialogue writer and backup script editor. During her years on “Days,” Ms. Higley was nominated for six Daytime Emmy Awards and won a Writers Guild Award.

“I’m passionate about writing character-driven story, and that’s what ‘One Life to Live’ is all about,” Ms. Higley said. “It’s a very big change for me, and quite a challenge.”

Mr. Malone, an Emmy winner, plans to focus on his career as a novelist, according to the announcement, but will continue his relationship with “OLTL” with the release early in 2005 of the Hyperion-published novel “The Killing Club.”

Mr. Malone returned to “OLTL” in November 2002 as creative consultant alongside head writer Josh Griffith, and most recently served as head writer.