Dena Higley

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Dena Higley (born September 26, 1958) is an American writer, speaker & author who grew up in East County San Diego, the first of three children. She moved to Los Angeles as a teenager eventually graduating from the University of Southern California with a BFA in Theatre. Dena has been married for 25 years and is a mother of four children, including an autistic son, a daughter, an adopted daughter from Vietnam and an adopted son from Ethiopia. Her current non-fiction book Momaholic: Crazy Confessions of a Helicopter Parent was released April 14, 2012. Dena was previously the head writer of Days of Our Lives and One Life to Live.

Positions held[edit]

Days of Our Lives

One Life to Live

Awards and nominations[edit]

Daytime Emmy Award

Writers Guild of America Award

Preceded by
Paula Cwikly and Peter Brash
Head Writer of Days of Our Lives
March 7, 2003 - August 8, 2003
Succeeded by
James E. Reilly
Preceded by
Michael Malone
Head Writer of One Life to Live
(with Ron Carlivati: May 8, 2007-September 10, 2007)

December 13, 2004 - September 10, 2007
Succeeded by
Ron Carlivati
Preceded by
Hogan Sheffer
Meg Kelly
Head Writer of Days of Our Lives
April 23, 2008 - August 25, 2011
Succeeded by
Marlene Clark Poulter
and Darrell Ray Thomas Jr.


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