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Allison Samuel Hall (March 11, 1921 – September 26, 2014), known as Sam Hall, was a screenwriter known for his work in daytime soap operas, particularly Dark Shadows (from 1967 to 1971) and One Life to Live (from 1978 to 1984).

Sam Hall
Allison Samuel Hall

March 11, 1921
DiedSeptember 26, 2014(2014-09-26) (aged 93)
OccupationTelevision writer
Parent(s)Samuel Hall, Beatrice Hall


Personal lifeEdit

He was born at Carrollton, Ohio in 1921 to Samuel and Beatrice Hall.[1] He was married to actress Grayson Hall, an Academy Award nominee who appeared on both shows, as Dr. Julia Hoffman on Dark Shadows, and as Euphemia Ralston on One Life to Live.[1][2]

Dark ShadowsEdit

The first serial for which Mr. Hall wrote was The Brighter Day. After his wife was hired to appear on Dark Shadows, he was invited to become one of the writers. Hall and his writing partner, Gordon Russell, were best known for their work on Dark Shadows[3] and One Life to Live. (Their son, Matthew Hall, was a later writer for the NBC revival of Dark Shadows.)

One Life to LiveEdit

After Dark Shadows wrapped, the two then took over One Life to Live for Agnes Nixon who began to focus more on her other soap All My Children. Mr. Hall later wrote for the shows Another World and then, again, for One Life to Live with different collaborators (including Peggy O'Shea and Henry Slesar.)


Hall died on September 26, 2014 at the age of 93.[4]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Daytime Emmy Awards


  • (1980, 1981, 1982 & 1983; Best Writing; One Life to Live)
  • (1990; Best Writing; Santa Barbara)

Writers Guild of America Award


  • (1986 season; One Life to Live)
  • (1991 season; Santa Barbara)


  • (1979 season; One Life to Live)

Head writing tenureEdit

Preceded by
Gordon Russell
Head Writer of One Life to Live
(with Gordon Russell: November 1978 — March 1980)
(with Peggy O'Shea: March 1980 — May 1982)
(with Henry Slesar: July 1982 — January 1983)

November 1978 — January 1983
Succeeded by
Henry Slesar
Preceded by
John William Corrington
Joyce Hooper Corrington
Head Writer of One Life to Live
(with Peggy O'Shea)

December 1983 — June 1984
Succeeded by
Peggy O'Shea


  1. ^ a b Jamison, R.J. (2006). Grayson Hall: A Hard Act to Follow. Lincoln, NE: iUniverse. p. 22. ISBN 0-595-40462-6. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
  2. ^ Sam Hall profile,; accessed September 28, 2014.
  3. ^ Goudas, John (January 14, 1991). "The soap opera that became a cult is back". The Register-Guard. p. 7D. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
  4. ^ "Notice of death of Sam Hall". Serial Scoop. Retrieved September 19, 2015.

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