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Home Features Inside the Bubble Days of our Lives' Suzanne Rogers looks to the 50th ~ 'It's been a wonderful life.'

Days of our Lives' Suzanne Rogers looks to the 50th ~ 'It's been a wonderful life.'


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Suzanne Rogers (Maggie, Days of our Lives)Suzanne Rogers, who plays Maggie Horton on Days of our Lives, is gearing up for the big 50th anniversary this November, and she remains in awe that this month she celebrates 42 years with the show.

"Can you believe it? I cant! I'm so lucky to be a part of something this wonderful," Rogers said. "Not many people can say they love their jobs, but I'm one of the fortunate few that can truly say I love what I do."

Rogers said that working for the Corday family (creators of the show) has been great! She has many fond memories of the late Betty Corday, saying that she truly misses her.

Rogers said that everyone on the show is and has been wonderful. She has made so many friends. "Everyone is great from cast to crew to makeup to wardrobe. They are just wonderful people, and that is what has kept the show on the air so long," she said.  "Lke the saying goes: 'It takes a village."

"You know, when I was hired to be on the show, it was for a few months. There was no contract." Rogers explains. "Like all performers, I went out and did other things. I got a movie, but long story short, that fell through. My agent said...you can't work without a contract! Well...I was offered one and have been there ever since and have never had any regret."

Rogers said that she loves her character, Maggie, and describes playing her as yummy and delicious, adding that of course she has had her ups and downs, but all in all, a joy to play.

"I have had fantastic stories. Back in the day, I was crippled and had to learn to walk and of course those famous red shoes that everyone that is a fan knows what I'm talking about," Rogers said with a laugh. "Then, I met Mickey (John Clarke) and I became a Horton, and lets just say that this great journey began."

Rogers said that in the beginning the show was a half hour, and scenes were longer and the cast was smaller, but like life, things change and one must go with the flow. With the passage of time, the scenes became shorter and there is more cast now to incorporate into the story.

"In this day and age, I believe it is very important to keep the tempo," Rogers said. "You must keep the audience interested, and I believe we are doing a great job. Sometimes you like to get the audience a little mad and they love it. So far we have been keeping everyone happy for 50 years."

Soapdom wants to know if after 42 years has Maggie rubbed off, and do you see another 50 years in the future? "You know, I am a bit like her. I grew up in a different era, or world. I was raised to be good, thoughtful, and respectful," Rogers reflects. "My mom used to bake things for the priests and nuns, and recently, I just went to visit a neighbor and I baked a cake. So yes! I'm a bit like Maggie. As for the next 50? (Laughing) I believe God has a plan, and we will take it as it comes. But it has been a wonderful life."

Rogers said that working with the late Frances Reid (Alice) was an absolute joy. She was tough to be around, but usually right. There were times that one felt like she was your real grandma.

Rogers looked back at her long career on Days of our Lives and said the holiday shows were and still are "very special," and putting the famous ornaments on the tree can be very emotional.  "The Christmas show is wonderful," Rogers said. "Being on set in the Horton living room and looking at that chair where Tom (MacDonald Carey) or Alice sat, I can get teary eyed."

Rogers summed up saying that she came on as a farm girl and turned into a sophisticated lady. She added that teaming her with Victor (John Aniston) was a brilliant idea.

"I mean, who would of thought? I was married to Mickey, a lawyer, an upstanding law abiding guy and now I'm married to the under world," Rogers laughs. "It all began when he brought me flowers when I became a widow. Even then as actors, we had no idea this is where this would go. He lies to me and schemes, but to let you know...I know everything that is going on. He is such fun to work with, and Maggie is his backbone. I just love to get the script to see what Maggie is up to. And oh yes! Bless the writers'."

What would you like to say to your countless fans? "I have love for everyone. You have all been a part of my life. We all grew with the show. Thank you for your many letters. I love meeting all of you at events, taking pictures, and signing autographs. It has been a blessing."

 

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