Days of Our Lives' Suzanne Rogers (Maggie Horton Kiriakis) celebrates a special anniversary. Learn more here--->>
Days of Our Lives actress, Suzanne Rogers (Maggie Horton) is celebrating a special anniversary today. It's the 47th anniversary of her debut as Maggie on the NBC daytime drama.
Maggie has been portrayed by actress Suzanne Rogers since 1973, though she left the show briefly in 1984 and 2003. She was created by scriptwriter, William J. Bell, and producer, Betty Corday, as a romantic interest for original character, Mickey Horton (John Clarke). Maggie, however, would become a much bigger part of the show in later years.
Maggie's storylines often focused on romance and family troubles. She is portrayed as a stoic, opinionated and family-oriented woman who is generally loving and supportive, but occasionally interferes in her friends' and relatives' lives. A prominent storyline in 1984 included Maggie discovering that she had Myasthenia Gravis, which mirrored Rogers' real-life struggles with the disease. In 2003, Maggie was "killed off" in a "whodunnit?" murder storyline involving a serial killer. Rogers returned to the show in 2004 after producer James E. Reilly decided to have all the murder victims, including Maggie, turn up alive on the island of Melaswen, or "New Salem" spelled backwards.
Maggie's most well-known relationship was her longtime marriage to original series character Mickey Horton and now Victor Kiriakis (John Aniston). Maggie and Mickey met during Rogers' first episode in 1973, when Maggie cared for him while living on a farm. Following a series of experiences together, the pair grew extremely close, and their bond became central to both characters until Mickey's death in 2010. In 1979, Rogers won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 1979. The character has been described as a "legend" and a television icon. In 2011, Rogers celebrated 38 years on Days, with only two minor interruptions. In August 2013, she celebrated 40 years on the soap, becoming its longest-running character. Happy 47th anniversary Suzanne!