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21 August 20th, 2013 Susan Seaforth Hayes Heartfelt Speech To Suzanne Rogers On Her 40th Anniversary With DAYS!

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This afternoon, Days of our Lives marked the official 40th anniversary of it’s long time series star Suzanne Rogers (Maggie Horton), with a surprise on set celebration for the Daytime Emmy winner and Salem favorite!

On-Air On-Soaps was at the festivities, and even had a hand at Suzanne getting shall we say,”punk’d”!  While the cast and crew and media were gathering themselves on the NBC sound stage to honor Suzanne, we were sitting with her in her dressing room conducting a “40th anniversary interview”, to allow them time to congregate!  Next,  the cue over the PA system came that, “Everyone needed to be summoned to the stage … now!”   With that, we had to tell Suzanne our “interview” was concluded for now, and we would continue it later! We next followed Suzanne to the sound stage with her having not a clue of the celebration that was awaiting her!  Needless to say, she was overwhelmed!

After DAYS executive producer, Ken Corday made a speech in Suzanne’s honor, Suzanne then made a very touching speech in her own right to the crowd that had gathered.  Her mom was also on set at the celebration.  Next, Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie), the long time cast member of Rogers, asked for everyone’s attention and delivered a beautiful, often times emotional tribute to her co-star and friend.  And for those who have followed DAYS and Suzanne’s career, you know of the ups and the downs and references made in Seaforth Hayes words below!

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Susan Seaforth Hayes: “I’d like to say something from the cast about my friend Suzanne. We all knew when she came on the show she was a Broadway baby. So when she came on, she was not ignorant on how to behave, or how to be a professional. I would like to thank her for always being on time.  I would like to thank her for always knowing her lines and having written down her blocking. And, for having mentored dozens of young performers and yes, she showed many of them how to do it.  However, most of those kids are gone, and Suzanne is still here. On behalf of the wardrobe department, I would like to thank Suzanne for not changing sizes for 40 years!  And Susan maintained her beauty and her health, perhaps at the cost of her private life. Suzanne has truly been married to this show.  Her work has come first, and no time for other things. When regimes have gone by, she has sat in the outfields of the show for years at a time, and she never came to work with an attitude. She always came to work with a smile, and with grace. Suzanne is one of four actresses of Days of our Lives to have won an Emmy and that’s a big deal! I am not the only one who loves her.  I know that America loves her and thinks of her as their sweetheart, because she stayed true and beautiful. I don’t want to steal Suzanne’s glory. I just want her to know, there are hundreds of people who adore you, and are so proud of you. ”

What do you think of Susan Seaforth Hayes speech on Suzanne Roger’s milestone today?  What would you like to say to Suzanne for 40 years of being one of the truly most beloved actresses on daytime? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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  1. JEFF says:

    Very classy tribute:)

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  2. Joan Faist says:

    Have always loved Suzanne Rogers. Congrats to a great Lady. Loved The speech very much. Congrats also to Susan.

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  3. R.P Johnson says:

    Suzanne is done a great job becoming the show’s matriarch since the passing of Francis Reid. I wish the show would showcase more scenes with Maggie and Victor. I think her best chemistry was with Melonie. I loved all of their scenes together. She is such a classy, beautiful woman and you can tell the young cast adore her. As a fan, I would like her to know how much I have enjoyed her on the show, from her red dancing shoes to becoming Victor’s wife. Suzanne, you are the best!

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  4. Jake says:

    Love u Suzanne…u have been a mainstay of DOOL. SSH is also excellent love every scene she has been in on Days. I hope tptb realize us true days fans love our originals and long standing characters…long live DOOL

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  5. Rebecca Noel says:

    Congrats, Suzanne! I have watched you on TV for many years, before “Days”. You are truly a wonderful actress and a beautiful woman. My favorite show you did was “Little House on the Prairie”. I loved tat storyline and that irish accent! I believe you had another role even before that snow and used that accent. You are an inspiration and I thank you for that. Love, Rebecca

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  6. boes says:

    What a nice article about two such classy women. Days has been lucky to have them both for so long.
    And we’ve been lucky to have had the chance to watch them work.

    And how great that we’re seeing vets like Suzanne and Susan utilized – and prized – on DOOL, when they’ve been cast aside or marginalized on too many other shows.

    Hurray for them!

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  7. Scott (ATWT Fan) says:

    Beautriful speech for an even more beautiful woman who has been the staple of DAYS for the past 40 years and will hopefully grace the show for many more years. Congratulations to Ms. Rogers on her milestone! I love Maggie, and hope to continue loving her!

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  8. Patrick says:

    Ms. Suzanne Rogers.

    Hello Maggie! Congratulations on 4 decades of gratitude. you clearly found your niche.

    40+ years of Maggie and Salem… is a feat unlike, any can experience… and Fan sentiment is loyal… you enrich Salem.

    I appreciated reading the latest issue of SOD, which is celebrating and acknowledging your being in Days of OUR Lives.

    I loved how…. your first 2 1/2 years… you spent in crutches….. ie: back then… DAYS was a 1/2 hour show. and fans reached out to you … saying how you survived that incident…

    I loved how… you shared… your broadway beginnings… as a dancer/actor… and that McDonald Carey… was a tap dancer… and that you and he would share dance steps… and alas, you bonded with the spirit of DAYS.

    I love… how you’ve remained true to the Horton’ Family…. I’ll say it again… i’ve christened you Mother Horton.

    I love… you with Victor…. the two of you beam and radiate Love for… each other .. and your loyal, devoted, character portrayal of family.

    in these times…. it’s simply comforting and understood… to know… a person’s character… be it nice, gracious, patient, caring, fulfilled, nurturing, understands without prejudice…. OK… you get my definition…. Thank You Suzanne for being yourself.

    Maggie has never been better… than now

    I LOVE my DAYS

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  9. Mary K. Nugent says:

    As a 47 year viewer of DOOL i just want to say …..Thank you Suzanne, for 40 wonderful beautiful years as the beloved Maggie Hortn now Kiriakis…It made me so happy that you found happiness with Victor and proved that even though you have a long lost loved one, you can move on…you are the epitome of dignity and grace and Days would never be the same without you…dust off those red dancing shoes girl and celebrate dear Suzanne!! Thank you so much for the past 40 years and here’s to 40 more!! Love to you!

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    Patrick replied

    It made me so happy that you found happiness with Victor and proved that even though you have a long lost loved one, you can move on…

    “Beautiful”

    even more so… when it happens to us and people we know.

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  10. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Love, respect and praise for both of these talented beautiful ladies…been watching Days since it began.

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  11. Roz says:

    I love Maggie!!!!! Susan’s comments were very sweet and so true!

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  12. LINDA says:

    I SO CLEARLY REMEMBER THE FIRST SCENE WITH MAGGIE-ON HER CRUTCHES TO ANSWER THE DOORBELL, RUNG BY MICKEY HORTON. I REMEMBER THEIR SCENES WITH THE RED SHOES, WHEN HE PROMISED HER THEY WOULD DANCE WHEN SHE RECOVERED FROM HER SURGERY.
    DESPITE HER LAPSES OF JUDGEMENT AT TIMES-EVEN HER ALCOHOLISM-MAGGIE HAS ALWAYS SHOWN HERSELF TO BE STRONG AND WILLING TO TAKE BLAME FOR WHAT SHE HAS DONE WRONG. SHE WAS NOT A GOODY-GOODY, BUT A ROUNDED CHARACTER PLAYED BY A CLASSY ACTRESS.

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  13. RICKIE says:

    I, too, remember Suzanne’s early days — her boyfriend Jay Livingston (Larry Delaney) and farm friends Hank Field & Rosie Carlson (Frederic Downs and Fran Ryan). The fact that she was able to stand out in the formidable company of Susan Flannery (Laura Horton), Corinne Conley (Phyllis Anderson), and Patricia Barry (Addie Olsen) really says something!

    Thanks, Suzanne, for 40 wonderful years…

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  14. Rita Lynch says:

    I have been a fan of Days of Our Lives ever since it came on the air.For a time when I worked in the ’80s couldn’t watch it, but we used to listen to it on the radio. I will always love this show and all the actors on it. The worst thing I have ever saw was poor Vivian in the casket,who put Maggie in there….The story lines are pretty good. Please put Nicole with Father Eric to be happy ever after. Make that druggie brat of Jennifer’s go away, so she can be with the doc…..Find Hope somebody nice to be with,…it won’t be Bo, but there must be somebody out there.Please get Sammi out of Jail so that she and EJ can be happy. Just my thoughts

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  15. Rhoda Groff says:

    40 years, time where has it gone? Only yesterday this new show was going to be on TV of course 4 of us kids (8yrs to 18) all gathered to watch. 2 of us still have to be home for Days. Maggie & Julie It has been a complete pleasure to follow your lives, through the hard times and the good.You are both wonderful, and of course I cant forget all the rest of the cast that so great. I remember your children being born, now grown, with their kids. My sister & I can relate to so much to your lives,because we watched as kids now we have kids. now our kids watch. As the Days of our lives go on, we hope the Days of your life goes on for many more years.
    Thank you all so very much for all your hard work,we love you all.

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  16. isabelle grieves says:

    I’ve been there with her through it all. Always a pleasure to see her on screen. Both ladies are special friends to all their fans.

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  17. Gmbenet says:

    Nice tribute by Susan Seaforth Hayes. Glad Days veterans are as cherished by the show as much as we fans cherish the characters they play. You can’t have one without the other.

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  18. Sue says:

    It’s wonderful Days had a celebration of Suzanne Rogers 40th anniversary on the show. It’s a big accomplishment, especially in show business. Only the soaps have such long relationships between actor, character and audience.
    I really enjoyed Maggie and Victor’s slow ‘courtship’ on Days. I could tell from an early Victor/Maggie scene that Maggie was sparking with Victor. That’s how good Suzanne Rogers is!

    Congratulations to Suzanne, and looking forward to more Maggie and Victor.

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