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Mary Fickett dies at 83; longtime actress on 'All My Children'
Mary Fickett dies at 83; longtime actress on 'All My Children'

Mary Fickett, who for decades played nurse Ruth Martin on "All My Children" and in 1973 won the first Emmy Award given to an actress in a daytime drama after her character made an impassioned anti-Vietnam War speech, has died. She was 83. Fickett, who also acted in theater, film and prime-time television, died Thursday at her home in Callao, Va. ABC spokeswoman Jori Petersen confirmed Fickett's death, but the cause was not given. "All My Children," created by Agnes Nixon, first aired Jan. 5, 1970, and soon became known for its socially relevant story lines. Nixon, who was also the show's head writer, was committed to dealing with serious subject matter,...

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