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Margaret DePriest (born April 19, 1931) [1] is a retired American actress and daytime serial writer. She was nominated for 5 Daytime Emmy Award awards for her writing and in 1965 won an Obie Award for Best Actress for her performance in The Place for Chance.

Margaret DePriest
Born (1931-04-19) April 19, 1931 (age 88)
Years active1955–present
Spouse(s)Paul Price


Life and careerEdit

She began her career as an actress both onstage and on television. Her acting credits include a contract role as Abby Cameron #1 on The Edge of Night from 1965-1966. She also played social worker Mrs. Berger on the NBC serial The Doctors.

In the mid-1960s, she began writing The Edge of Night. In 1969, she co-created and was co-head writer of CBS Daytime's Where the Heart Is.

She has served as head writer for several serials, including General Hospital, Days of Our Lives, All My Children, Another World, One Life to Live, and Sunset Beach.

She is married to writer Paul Price.[2]

Positions heldEdit

The Doctors

  • Head writer: 1976

All My Children

  • Head writer: 1989

Another World

  • Head writer: March 1986 - January 1988, May 1996 - January 1997

Days of Our Lives

  • Associate head writer: October 21, 1981 - April 19, 1982
  • Head writer: April 20, 1982 - September 21, 1984
  • Co-head writer (with Sheri Anderson and Thom Racina): September 24 - October 25, 1984

General Hospital

The Edge of Night

  • Co-head writer (with Lou Scofield): mid-1960s

One Life to Live

  • Associate head writer: 1990 - 1991

Sunset Beach

Where the Heart Is

  • Co-Creator (with Lou Scofield)
  • Co-head writer (with Lou Scofield): 1969 - 1970

Awards and nominationsEdit

Daytime Emmy Award

  • Nomination, 1992, Best Writing, One Life to Live
  • Nomination, 1990, Best Writing, All My Children
  • Nomination, 1985, Best Writing, Days of our Lives
  • Nomination, 1984, Best Writing, Days of our Lives
  • Nomination, 1985, Best Writing, General Hospital

Writers Guild of America Award

  • Nomination, 1998, Best Writing, Another World


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Preceded by
Irving Vendig with
James Gentile
Head writer of The Edge of Night
with Lou Scofield

Succeeded by
James Lipton
Preceded by
Head writer of Where the Heart Is
with Lou Scofield

1969 - 1970
Succeeded by
Pat Falken Smith
Preceded by
Eileen and Robert Mason Pollock
Head writer of The Doctors
with Robert Cenedella

1975 - September 17, 1976
Succeeded by
Douglas Marland
Preceded by
Douglas Marland
Head writer of General Hospital
with Pat Falken Smith

1980 - 1981
Succeeded by
Robert J. Shaw
Preceded by
Pat Falken Smith
Head writer of Days of Our Lives
(with Sheri Anderson)
(with Thom Racina: September 24 – October 25, 1984)

April 19, 1982 - October 25, 1984
Succeeded by
Sheri Anderson and
Thom Racina
Preceded by
Sam Hall and
Gillian Spencer
Head writer of Another World
1986 - 1988
Succeeded by
Sheri Anderson
Preceded by
Lorraine Broderick
Head writer of All My Children
Succeeded by
Agnes Nixon
Preceded by
Tom King and
Craig Carlson
Head writer of Another World
1996 - 1997
Succeeded by
Elizabeth Page,
Tom King and
Craig Carlson
Preceded by
Meg Bennett and
Christopher Whitesell
Head writer of Sunset Beach
with Christopher Whitesell

1998 - 1999
Succeeded by