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Soap Writer Barbara Esensten Has Died; wrote GL, AMC, PC, The City partnered w/James Harmon Brown
Topic Started: Nov 15 2012, 08:38 AM (1,128 Views)
Matt
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Former Guiding Light writer Jill Lorie Hurst just tweeted that Barbara Esensten passed away last night.

https://twitter.com/JillLorieHurst/status/269069479265308672

"The wonderful GL headwriter Barbara Esensten died last night . Great boss, great girlfriend. Miss her already."

With her writing partner, James Harmon Brown, Esensten head wrote Loving from 1994-1995, transitioning it into The City (which they are credited as creating). The later served as head writers of Guiding Light from 1997-2000, Port Charles from 2000-2003, & All My Children from 2007-2008.
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King
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Sad. :(
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Bright Eyes
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She had more misses than hits, but I think Christine Tudor's performance during the Loving murders helps wash all the badness away.
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Matt
Nov 15 2012, 08:38 AM
With her writing partner, James Harmon Brown, Esensten head wrote Loving from 1994-1995, transitioning it into The City (which they are credited as creating). The later served as head writers of Guiding Light from 1997-2000, Port Charles from 2000-2003, & All My Children from 2007-2008.
Her & James also went back to AMC and wrote scripts in its last year or so. Their last script together was the September 14, 2011 episode.

RIP :(
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Barbara Esensten, who was a script editor for "Days of Our Lives" in 2007 has passed away. She died on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at the age of 75.

Barbara Jean Sills was born in Los Angeles, California on March 7, 1937. She started her writing career as a reporter for her college's newspaper, UCLA's Daily Bruin. After college, she married Jack Esensten and had three daughters, Teri, Randi and Deena. After her divorce, Esensten went on to a career in radio news.

In 1987, she began her TV career and a long association with her writing partner, James Harmon Brown, as they were hired to write some scripts for "Dynasty." The writing duo would later write for "Loving" and co-create its spinoff "The City." They also wrote for "Guiding Light", "Port Charles", "One Life to Live", "All My Children" and spent six months at "Days of Our Lives" in 2007. She won a Daytime Emmy as a member of the "Guiding Light" writing team in 1993.

Esensten is survived by her second husband, Michael Chambers; three daughters, Teri, Randi and Deena; and several grandchildren. A funeral will be held on Sunday, November 18, 2012.
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Some clips of her work. RIP

Loving


The City


Guiding Light




Totally agree with Bright Eyes about Christine Tudor. Her performance of Esensten/Brown's material was truly magnificent. So underrated.

Edited by somersetfan, Nov 15 2012, 09:04 PM.
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Eric83
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"Relax nobody's having sex.... at least not yet"

Loved her work on GL. RIP.
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WANDERING Minstrel!

I was a fan of most of her work. Loved Loving /TheCity. I liked her run on AMC but was in the minority.RIP.
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