Dena Higley

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Dena Higley (born September 26, 1958) is an American writer, speaker & 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 Days of our Lives and One Life to Live.


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)
  • 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.

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