Who is Irna Phillips ?
Irna Phillips (July 1, 1901 – December 23, 1973) was an American scriptwriter, screenwriter, casting agent and actress.
Known by several publications as the “Queen of the Soaps”, she is best known for creating, producing and writing several of the first American daytime radio and television soap operas.
As a result of creating some of the best known series in the genre, including Guiding Light, As the World Turns, and Another World, Phillips is credited with creating and innovating a daytime serial format with programming geared specifically toward women. She was also a mentor to several other pioneers of the daytime soap opera, including Agnes Nixonand William J. Bell.
Phillips was one of 10 children born to a German Jewish family in Chicago. Her father died when she was 8, leaving her mother alone to raise the children.
She claimed to be a lonely child always given hand-me-down clothes and making up long and involved stories for her dolls to live out.
At 19 she was pregnant, abandoned by her boyfriend, and then gave birth to a still-born baby.
She studied drama at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (where she became a member of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority), receiving a Master of Arts degree before going on to earn a master’s degree in journalism at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Phillips wanted to be an actress, however, her teachers told her she was too plain to have any real success.
From 1925 to 1930 she worked as a school teacher in Dayton, Ohio, teaching drama and theatre history to schoolchildren.
While working in this capacity she continued to attempt a career as an actress, and after performing several acting roles for radio productions at WGN in Chicago, she left her career as a teacher.
At the age of 42, Phillips adopted a son, Thomas Dirk Phillips. A year later, she adopted a daughter, Katherine Louise Phillips.
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