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TV pioneer Larry Auerbach dies at 91

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On Saturday, the television industry lost another one of its giants; TV director Larry Auerbach died at age 91 in La Jolla, California, from complications of glioblastoma.

Over a nearly 50-year career, Auerbach pioneered the daytime soap format, working on shows like Love of Life , One Life to Live, As the World Turns, and All My Children. He also served the Directors Guild of America in a number of capacities—including National Vice President from 1987 to 1989.

“Larry worked tirelessly, out of love for his Guild and his profession, to ensure better working conditions and stronger protection of creative rights for Guild members, and he was instrumental in raising the profile of daytime serial directors, the genre to which he dedicated his career,” said DGA President Paris Barclay in a statement.  “He was a dynamo – a strong and powerful voice for our members for decades – and we will miss him greatly.”