Dena Higley

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Dena Higley (born September 26, 1958) is an American writer, speaker and author who grew up in East County San Diego, the first of three children. She moved to Los Angeles as a teenager eventually graduating from the University of Southern California with a BFA in Theatre. Dena has been married for 25 years and is a mother of four children, including an autistic son, a daughter, an adopted daughter from Vietnam and an adopted son from Ethiopia. Her current non-fiction book Momaholic: Crazy Confessions of a Helicopter Parent was released April 14, 2012. Dena was previously the head writer of the daytime soap operas Days of Our Lives and One Life to Live. In February 2015, Soap Opera Digest confirmed Higley's imminent return to Days of Our Lives, this time alongside Josh Griffith. The pair begin writing for the series on February 16, 2015, with their material to air sometime in the summer of 2015.[1][2]

Positions held[edit]

Days of Our Lives

  • Head Writer (March 7, 2003 - August 8, 2003; April 23, 2008 – August 25, 2011)
  • Co-Head Writer (August 11, 2003 - August 18, 2003)(With Josh Griffith: Summer 2015)
  • Script writer (September 2003 - November 26, 2004)
  • Associate Head Writer (1985 - March 6, 2003) and (August 19, 2003 - October 2003)

One Life to Live

  • Head Writer: December 13, 2004 - September 10, 2007

Awards and nominations[edit]

Daytime Emmy Award

  • Nominations: 1987, 1994, 1997–1999, and 2006, Best Writing, One Life to Live
  • Wins: 2008, Best Writing, One Life to Live

Writers Guild of America Award

  • Nominations: 1987, 1991, 1993, 2001, and 2005, One Life to Live
  • Wins: 1999, Days of our Lives
Preceded by
Paula Cwikly and Peter Brash
Head Writer of Days of Our Lives
March 7, 2003 - August 8, 2003
Succeeded by
James E. Reilly
Preceded by
Michael Malone
Head Writer of One Life to Live
(with Ron Carlivati: May 8, 2007-September 10, 2007)

December 13, 2004 - September 10, 2007
Succeeded by
Ron Carlivati
Preceded by
Hogan Sheffer
Meg Kelly
Head Writer of Days of Our Lives
April 23, 2008 - August 25, 2011
Succeeded by
Marlene Clark Poulter
and Darrell Ray Thomas Jr.

References[edit]

  1. ^ SOD (February 9, 2015). "EXCLUSIVE! MAJOR WRITER SWITCH AT DAYS!". Soap Opera Digest (United States: soapoperadigest.com). American Media. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ White-Nobles, Omar (February 9, 2015). "‘DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ FIRES HEAD WRITERS; DENA HIGLEY AND JOSH GRIFFITH TO TAKE OVER". TVSource Magazine. United States: SoSource Media LLC. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 

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