Michael Malone, who won a Daytime Emmy for writing One Life to Live in 1994, has died. His death was reported by fellow day scribe and former OLTL colleague Jean Passanante on Facebook.
Michael Malone, a beloved writer and friend, RIP
“I want to write about my beloved and amazing friend Michael Malone who passed away last night,” Passanante wrote on Facebook. “Right now, though, I’m just trying to adjust to the impossible idea of a world without him. ‘And when he dies, take him and cut him into little stars…'”
According Dignity Memorial, Malone died Friday, August 19 at his home in Clinton, Connecticut. He will be buried at St. Matthews Episcopal Church Cemetery in Hillsborough, North Carolina.
A loving family
A date of birth was not listed in Malone’s obituary, however, he is said to have been born in 1942, meaning he was 79 or 80 years old. He is survived by his wife, Maureen Quilligan, his sister Sheila Waller, his brother David Malone, his five nieces and one nephew, Lisa, Kelly, Tom, Shannon, Shayna and Addie; daughter Maggie, son-in-law Matt and 6-year-old granddaughter Maisie.
The scribe was new to the day when he was hired by OLTL executive producer Linda Gottlieb to create tales for the citizens of Llanview. Malone wrote for OLTL from 1991 to 1996. He is best remembered for writing The Rape Trial of Marty Saybrooke which won Daytime Emmys for Hillary B. Smith (Nora), Susan Haskell (Marty) and Roger Howarth ( Todd; now Austin, General Hospital), and Malone himself as editor.
While at Llanview, Malone created the quirky character Luna Moody (Susan Batten) and delved into the long-running feud between Victoria Lord (Erika Slezak) and Dorian Lord (Robin Strasser). Actor Thom Christopher, who won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role as OLTL’s Carlo Hesser in 1992, wrote on Facebook that Malone was a “great man of words and ideas. His words are written on the winds of memory for many actors.
Michael Malone left and returned to OLTL
After leaving OLTL, he moved on to Another World, which he wrote beginning in 1997. In 2003, Malone returned to OLTL and incorporated his novel writing into the series. He wrote the book The Killing Club, which is tied to the storylines of the series. The book was published in 2005 with authors listed as Marcie Walsh (Kathie Brier) and Michael Malone. In its first week of publication, the novel rose to number 16 on the New York Times Bestseller list for bound fiction. It then reached #11 on the list.
Malone also won a Writers Guild Award in the Daytime Serials category for his work on OLTL in 1993. In addition to leaving his mark on the daytime world, Malone was a teacher and taught a class of 300 students at the University Duke a course called American Dreams of American Films. He also wrote several novels. Malone was writing a fourth book in his Cuddy and Justin series when he fell ill with cancer.
A lover of cooking, musicals, jazz, dance and justice for all unjustly incarcerated, Malone spoke out against the death penalty and raised awareness of AIDS, lupus (which Marty Saybrooke fought) and LGBTQ rights.
Malone’s family has requested that donations be made in his memory to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a charity he has donated to for more than 40 years. Soap Hub sends deepest sympathy to Malone’s family and loved ones at this difficult time.