Nancy Williams Watt

Nancy Williams Watt is an American writer known for her work on television soap operas. She was born in Brooklyn, NY on June 9, 1948 to Associated Press editor Edward Williams and newswoman Sheila O'Brien Williams Barnes.

Positions heldEdit

All My Children

  • Secretary to Agnes Nixon, Wisner Washam, Jack Wood, Lorraine Broderick, Caroline Franz et al. (1979–1981)

Days of Our Lives

  • Script Writer (April 2, 2012 – July 27, 2012)
  • Associate Head Writer (September 13, 2011 – March 30, 2012)

Search for Tomorrow

  • Script Writer/Breakdown Writer (1983–1985)

Passions (hired by James E. Reilly)

  • Script Writer (1999 – September 2007)

Guiding Light

  • Script Writer/Outline Writer (1986–1993)
  • Co-Head Writer (1994 – November 1994)
  • Script Editor/Associate Headwriter (1993–1999)

Awards and nominationsEdit

She has been nominated for nine Daytime Emmy awards in the category Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team from 1989–2003, and won three times, twice for Guiding Light in 1990 and 1993 and also for Days of Our Lives in 2011–2012. Her first nomination was shared with Pamela K. Long, Trent Jones, Nancy Curlee, Stephen Demorest, Richard Culliton, Pete T. Rich, Melissa Salmons, and N. Gail Lawrence, while her first win was shared with the previous plus Jeff Ryder, Garret Foster, Peter Brash, and Patty Gideon Sloan.

Williams Watt has also been nominated for seven Writers Guild of America Awards, in the Daytime Serials category, from 1989–2001, and won once in 1992. Her first nomination was shared with Pamela K. Long, Stephen Demorest, Trent Jones, Melissa Salmons, Pete T. Rich, Nancy Curlee, N. Gail Lawrence, Richard Culliton, and Nancy Franklin, while her win was shared with the latter, minus Jones, Culliton and Franklin, and including James E. Reilly, Bill Elverman, and Michael Conforti.

Daytime Emmy Awards


  • (1990 & 1993; Best Writing; Guiding Light)
  • (2012; Best Writing; Days of Our Lives)


  • (1989, 1992 & 1999; Best Writing; Guiding Light)
  • (2001, 2002 & 2003; Best Writing; Passions)

Writers Guild of America Award


  • (1992 season; Guiding Light)
  • (2014 season; Days of Our Lives)


  • (1989, 1995, 1996, 1998 & 1999 seasons; Guiding Light)
  • (2001 season; Passions)
  • (2013 season; Days of Our Lives)

Head writing tenureEdit

Preceded by
Nancy Curlee
Stephen Demorest
Head writer of Guiding Light
(with Stephen Demorest, Leah Laiman and Millee Taggart)
(with Patrick Mulcahey: 1994 - August 1994

1994 - November 1994
Succeeded by
Stephen Demorest
Preceded by
Douglas Anderson
Head writer of Guiding Light
(with Douglas Anderson and Peggy Sloane)

April 1995 - June 1995
Succeeded by
Megan McTavish
Preceded by
Megan McTavish
Head writer of Guiding Light
(with Michael Conforti and Victor Miller)

October 1996 - April 1997
Succeeded by
James Harmon Brown and Barbara Esensten

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