This week on July 13th, Suzanne Rogers celebrate 40 years of playing Maggie Horton on Days of our Lives. TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan chatted with Suzanne about this amazing milestone and her longevity in the soap medium and in Salem. Some of the topics discussed include: Suzanne being the first actress to ever in the Outstanding Supporting Actress award at the Daytime Emmys, the “death” of Maggie during DAYS PR campaign then Marlena was on a murder spree where everyone was later found out to be alive and well, if the pass has been torched to her to be the matriarch of the show since Frances Reid (Alice) had passed away a few years ago, and Rogers real life battle with Myasthenia Gravis that was later incorporated into the soap. Here are a few excerpts below!
Suzanne on winning the first Supporting Actress Daytime Emmy and what it meant: “That was a very moving and memorable night. Funny thing is, after I won the award, I didn’t exist. For the next three or four years I didn’t have much to do on the show. Instead of capitalizing on the Emmy, they did the reverse. I never understood what happened there. [Laughs] But that award is mine! They can’t take that away from me!“
Suzanne on when she found out that the killing off of many characters, including hers, was a ruse to generate ratings: “Well, I did say, ‘Ken (Corday), I was about to put my house on the market! What are you doing to us?’ Oh, Lord, may we never have to go through that again! It’s still all so vivid in our minds. I was off the show in September or October of that year and they didn’t call me to return until the following March. It really destroyed me. You know us actors. We think we’re only as good as the last episode we did. It was all so bizarre.“
Suzanne on of she is ready to take on the role of being known as the matriarch of DAYS: “Oh, no, no, no. That was and always will be Frances Reid. I walk onto the Horton family set and still see her sitting in that chair. I don’t ever want to sit there. I have too much reverence for that. I don’t like to see anyone in that chair! [Laughs].”
DAYS fan, what do you think about the fact that Suzanne and Maggie have been around for 40 years on DAYS and in Salem? What do you think about the time they “killed-off” Maggie? And, what story would you like to see Suzanne have now as one of the veteran characters of the series? Share your thoughts below!