Acclaimed soap scribe Claire Labine has passed away at the age 82. During her career, she was nominated for 12 Emmys and won a total of nine. ABC has released the following statement:
“We are sad to learn of the death of our friend and former colleague Claire Labine. As creator of Ryan’s Hope and head writer of both General Hospital and One Life to Live in the 90s, Claire was an imaginative storyteller who inspired hope and sparked conversations through her stories and characters paving the way for a new generation of writers who would follow in her footsteps. We are proud and honored she was a part of our ABC Daytime family. We send our deepest condolences to her family and those closest to her.”
Labine began her soap career as a script writer and, later, co-head writer for the CBS soap Where the Heart Is. She later went on to write for Love of Life, Ryan’s Hope, One Life To Live and Guiding Light. Labine is probably best know for her work on the soap opera General Hospital. During her tenure on GH, she created the character of mobster Sonny Corinthos along with his supercouple pairing with model Brenda Barrett, introduced the Ward family, told Robin and Stone’s socially conscious love story and the B.J. heart transplant tear-jerker.