Ellen Wheeler

Producer / Actress


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About this interview

In her two-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Ellen Wheeler talks about her early years growing up in Utah, where her parents ran a local theatre. She speaks about her first jobs in television, culminating in her role as "Marley Love Hudson McKinnon" on the soap opera Another World. She recalls the rigors of working on a soap opera and her later role on All My Children as "Cindy Parker," one of the first characters on television to battle AIDS. Wheeler discuses her transition to directing soap operas, which ultimately led to her being named executive producer of Guiding Light. She concludes the interview by discussing a typical production day, the actors and writers she works with, and the legacy of the series. Karen Herman conducted the interview on September 15, 2006 in New York City, New York.

"Serials have been around forever. It's impossible to imagine life without them. Serial existed in newspaper form before it existed on the radio, and it existed when people sat around the campfire thousands of years before that and told stories. I can't imagine that soap operas won't continue in some form or another. It will be fun to see what those forms are."

Highlights
Ellen Wheeler on being cast as "Marley Love Hudson McKinnon" on Another World
00:49
Ellen Wheeler on working with All My Children  creator Agnes Nixon
02:29
Ellen Wheeler on becoming executive producer of Guiding Light  in 2004
04:30
Ellen Wheeler on the social relevance of Guiding Light  and then-recent storylines
07:40
Ellen Wheeler on daytime drama getting a bad reputation
01:05
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On her early life and influences; on television she watched as a kid; on her first jobs in television
On being cast as "Marley Love Hudson McKinnon" on Another World;  on her first days on the set of Another World;  on her early storylines as "Marley" on Another World  and playing her own twin "Vicki"
On leaving and returning to Another World; on the changes to her Another World characters over the years; on the cancellation of Another World; on her Another World castmates 

Chapter 2

On her Another World co-stars; on what she learned from acting on Another World and making the transition to behind-the-scenes work; on being cast as "Cindy Parker" on All My Children
On her All My Children character "Cindy Parker" and her AIDS storyline; on working with All My Children creator Agnes Nixon; on winning a Daytime Emmy for All My Children; on once again playing twins on All My Children
On leaving and returning to All My Children; on appearing on Dark Shadows, As the World Turns and The Bold and the Beautiful; on how she came to be a producer on Guiding Light

Chapter 3

On her duties as line producer on Guiding Light; on becoming executive producer of Guiding Light  in 2004; on the town of Springfield in Guiding Light;  on the audience of Guiding Light
On the day-to-day production of Guiding Light; on the budget and sets for Guiding Light; on what makes a great story and her favorite Guiding Light  storylines

Chapter 4

On the social relevance of Guiding Light and then-recent storylines; on dealing when an actor leaves the show; on Kim Zimmer as "Reva Shayne" on Guiding Light
On the then-current cast of Guiding Light; on working with new actors on Guiding Light; on Guiding Light's Emmy nominations and wins; on keeping Guiding Light's storylines from getting out

Chapter 5

On "Inside the Light" and the use of music on Guiding Light; on the then-new opening titles for Guiding Light and the title of the show; on Guiding Light's 70th anniversary 
On how emerging technology changed the way Guiding Light is produced; on the then-future of the soap opera genre; on her daughter appearing on Guiding Light and her possible return to acting 
On her proudest career achievement; on her mentor; on advice to aspiring daytime producers
Shows

All My Children

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Ellen Wheeler on being cast as "Cindy Parker" on All My Children
02:31
Ellen Wheeler on her All My Children character "Cindy Parker" and her AIDS storyline
05:21
Ellen Wheeler on working with All My Children creator Agnes Nixon
02:29
Ellen Wheeler on winning a Daytime Emmy for All My Children
01:30
Ellen Wheeler on once again playing twins on All My Children
00:54
Ellen Wheeler on leaving All My Children
01:01
Ellen Wheeler on returning to All My Children
00:32

Another World

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Ellen Wheeler on being cast as "Marley Love Hudson McKinnon" on Another World
00:49
Ellen Wheeler on her Another World character "Marley Love Hudson McKinnon"
01:25
Ellen Wheeler on her first days on the set of Another World
01:44
Ellen Wheeler on her early storylines as "Marley" on Another World and playing her own twin "Vicki"
03:06
Ellen Wheeler on winning a Daytime Emmy for playing "Marley" and "Vicki" on Another World
01:20
Ellen Wheeler on leaving Another World
02:06
Ellen Wheeler on returning to Another World
01:23
Ellen Wheeler on the changes to her Another World characters over the years
02:27
Ellen Wheeler on the cancellation of Another World
01:27
Ellen Wheeler on her Another World castmates 
02:56
Ellen Wheeler on her Another World co-stars 
01:33
Ellen Wheeler on what she learned from acting on Another World and making the transition to behind-the-scenes work
04:12
Ellen Wheeler on directing As the World Turns and Another World
04:07

As the World Turns

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Ellen Wheeler on appearing on As the World Turns
00:37
Ellen Wheeler on directing As the World Turns and Another World
04:07

Bold and the Beautiful, The

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Ellen Wheeler on appearing on The Bold and the Beautiful
00:55

Dark Shadows

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Ellen Wheeler on appearing on Dark Shadows
00:37

Emmy Awards, The (Primetime and Daytime)

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Ellen Wheeler on winning a Daytime Emmy for playing "Marley" and "Vicki" on Another World
01:20
Ellen Wheeler on winning a Daytime Emmy for All My Children
01:30
Ellen Wheeler on Guiding Light's  Emmy nominations and wins
01:36

Guding Light

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Ellen Wheeler on using stories from her own life on Guiding Light
02:53
Ellen Wheeler on dealing with an actor's departure from the show
01:35

Guiding Light

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Ellen Wheeler on the tradition of Guiding Light and soap operas in general
00:38
Ellen Wheeler on how she came to be a producer for Guiding Light
01:13
Ellen Wheeler on her duties as a line producer on Guiding Light
02:43
Ellen Wheeler on a typical week as a line producer on Guiding Light
01:24
Ellen Wheeler on becoming executive producer of Guiding Light  in 2004
04:30
Ellen Wheeler on her vision for Guiding Light as executive producer
02:55
Ellen Wheeler on the town of Springfield in Guiding Light
01:08
Ellen Wheeler on the audience of Guiding Light
00:57
Ellen Wheeler on the day-to-day production of Guiding Light
02:39
Ellen Wheeler on the budget for Guiding Light
01:38
Ellen Wheeler on the sets for Guiding Light and on location shooting
02:39
Ellen Wheeler on working with Guiding Light head writer David Kreizman
05:16
Ellen Wheeler on what makes a great story and her favorite Guiding Light storylines
02:37
Ellen Wheeler on the social relevance of Guiding Light and then-recent storylines
07:40
Ellen Wheeler on then-current Guiding Light storylines
00:55
Ellen Wheeler on Kim Zimmer as "Reva Shayne" on Guiding Light
02:30
Ellen Wheeler on the then-current cast of Guiding Light 
07:10
Ellen Wheeler on casting Guiding Light
01:29
Ellen Wheeler on working with new actors on the show
00:40
Ellen Wheeler on Guiding Light's Emmy nominations and wins
01:36
Ellen Wheeler on keeping Guiding Light's storylines from getting out
00:47
Ellen Wheeler on the Guiding Light series of episodes "Inside the Light"
07:07
Ellen Wheeler on the use of music for Guiding Light
01:45
Ellen Wheeler on the then-new opening titles for Guiding Light and the title of the show
02:39
Ellen Wheeler on Guiding Light's 70th anniversary 
00:56
Ellen Wheeler on how emerging technology changed the way Guiding Light is produced 
05:41
Ellen Wheeler on the then-future of the soap opera genre 
01:11
Ellen Wheeler on her daughter appearing on Guiding Light and her own possible return to acting 
01:56
Topics

Advice

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Ellen Wheeler on advice to aspiring daytime producers
01:13

Characters & Catchphrases

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Ellen Wheeler on her Another World  character "Marley Love Hudson McKinnon"
01:25

Creative Influences and Inspiration

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Ellen Wheeler on her mentor
01:17

Emmy Awards

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Ellen Wheeler on winning a Daytime Emmy for playing "Marley" and "Vicki" on Another World
01:20
Ellen Wheeler on Guiding Light's  Emmy nominations and wins
01:36

First Big Break

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Ellen Wheeler on being cast as "Marley Love Hudson McKinnon" on Another World
09:39

Health and Medicine

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Ellen Wheeler on working with All My Children  creator Agnes Nixon and public reaction to the AIDS storyline
02:29
Ellen Wheeler on working with All My Children  creator Agnes Nixon and public reaction to the AIDS storyline
02:29

Historic Events and Social Change

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Ellen Wheeler on the social relevance of Guiding Light  and then-recent storylines
07:40

Pivotal Career Moments

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Ellen Wheeler on being cast as "Marley Love Hudson McKinnon" on Another World
00:49

Pop Culture

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Ellen Wheeler on her Another World  character "Marley Love Hudson McKinnon"
01:25

Technological Innovation

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Ellen Wheeler on how emerging technology changed the way Guiding Light  is produced 
05:41

Television Industry

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Ellen Wheeler on the then-future of the soap opera genre 
01:11
Ellen Wheeler on advice to aspiring daytime producers
01:13
Professions

Producers

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Ellen Wheeler on her duties as a line producer on Guiding Light
04:07
Ellen Wheeler on the day-to-day production of Guiding Light
12:12
Ellen Wheeler on advice to aspiring daytime producers
01:13
Genres

Daytime/Primetime Serials

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Ellen Wheeler on playing "Marley Love Hudson McKinnon" and "Vicki" on Another World
19:45
Ellen Wheeler on playing "Cindy Parker" on All My Children
14:17
Ellen Wheeler on appearing on Dark Shadows
00:38
Ellen Wheeler on appearing on The Bold and the Beautiful
00:54
Ellen Wheeler on appearing on As the World Turns
00:37
Ellen Wheeler on directing As the World Turns  and Another World
04:07
Ellen Wheeler on how she came to be a producer for Guiding Light
01:13
Ellen Wheeler on executive producing Guiding Light (Part 1)
28:26
Ellen Wheeler on executive producing Guiding Light (Part 2)
28:16
Ellen Wheeler on executive producing Guiding Light  (Part 3)
21:16
People

Agnes Nixon

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Ellen Wheeler on working with All My Children creator Agnes Nixon and public reaction to the AIDS storyline
02:29

Kim Zimmer

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Ellen Wheeler on Kim Zimmer as "Reva Shayne" on Guiding Light
02:30

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