Mary K. Wells, former daytime actress and Emmy Award winning writer for All My Children, died last week from a colon infection. Wells was 79.

Wells, a Nebraska native, expressed her interest in acting at an early age. She moved to Hollywood in her early twenties and landed small roles in several films, but would soon discover her true calling in the world of daytime. Wells began her soap career as a featured performer the NBC anthology serial, Modern Romances, which brought stories from the magazine of the same name alive on the small screen. She played several soap roles including Ellie Crown on Love of Life (1955-56), Louise Cole on As the World Turns (1956) and Nola Hollister on The Secret Storm (1971). Wells is best remembered as upper-class suburban housewife Louise Grimsley Capice on Edge of Night, a role she assumed in 1961 and played until 1970.

After a 20-year career portraying soap characters, Wells decided to make the jump to writing. She joined Agnes Nixon and the writing team at All My Children in 1974. Nominated on several occasions, Wells took home her first Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing for the 1984-85 season. She won her second Emmy for writing in 1988.