Jorn Winther, who worked as an executive producer on ABC's All My Children and a director on NBC's Another World and Santa Barbara, is dead. Claire Winther, his wife of 31 years, confirms to the Hollywood Reporter that he was killed in an automobile accident just outside of Palm Springs while on his way home from a business trip earlier this month. He was 88 years old.
Winther is widely known as the director of the landmark David Frost-Richard Nixon interviews that aired over four consecutive nights in 1977. But he also has a notable history in daytime television. He worked alongside creator Agnes Nixon as executive producer/director of both All My Children -- during which time the pair introduced legendary characters Jesse and Angie Hubbard -- and One Life to Live. He also served as executive producer/director of Generations and director of Another World, Rituals, and Santa Barbara.
Born in Denmark, Winther studied speech and drama at the University of Copenhagen and continued his education at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen, where his mother had danced as a prima ballerina. He also studied at the Stratford Shakespearean Theater in Ontario, Canada, and at Stanford. His shows have collected 37 Emmy nominations and won 12.
In addition to his wife, Winther is also is survived by six children and four grandchildren.
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