Suzanne Rogers

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Suzanne Rogers
Suzanne Rogers 2014.jpg
Rogers in 2014.
Born Suzanne Cecelia Crumpler
(1943-07-09) July 9, 1943 (age 71)
Midland, Maryland, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1973–present
Spouse(s) Sam Groom, 1980-1982
Relatives Pete & Edna Crumpler, Parents; Loretta, Sister

Suzanne Rogers (born Suzanne Cecelia Crumpler on July 9, 1943 in Midland, Maryland)[1] is an American actress with credits in both Television and Film. Her stage name was inspired by Ginger Rogers, whom she cites as a personal inspiration for joining the entertainment industry. Rogers got her start as a dancer/performer at New York City's Radio City Music Hall but she is perhaps best known for playing Maggie Horton, a role she originated and has played since 1973 on the NBC dramatic serial Days of Our Lives. Married and divorced once, to actor Sam Groom, Rogers resides in Studio City, California.

Early Years[edit]

Suzanne Rogers was born Suzanne Cecelia Crumpler on July 9, 1943 in Midland, Maryland.[1] While growing up in Colonial Heights, VA, Rogers took a notable interest in dancing. She expressed interest in it at the age of two and started taking dancing lessons during her childhood.[1][2]

Career[edit]

At the age of seventeen, Rogers left her hometown and decided to pursue a dancing career. She moved to New York City and became one of the dancers at the Radio City Music Hall.[1][2] Along with becoming a Rockette, Rogers performed in several Broadway musicals including Coco, Hallelujah Boy and Follies.[1] After spending ten years in New York City, the actress wanted to try out an acting dream and moved to California in January 1973.[1] She attended acting classes in California with Stella Adler at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Soon after, she landed the role of Maggie Horton on NBC's Days of Our Lives.[2]

Maggie was introduced as a guest character in August 1973, by scriptwriter William J. Bell and executive producer Betty Corday.[3] From the beginning, Bell considered the role ideal for her. He approached Rogers about taking the role of Maggie, and she agreed.[4] She was immediately described by critics who gave reviews of the show as being one of the most energetic girls on daytime television. The news of Rogers being cast as Maggie was a different move, taking an actress who loves to dance, to a character of a crippled farm girl. This was her first television assignment, after being the youngest girl to take the stage at Radio City Music Hall.[4]

In 1984, Rogers was diagnosed with a rare muscle disorder called Myasthenia Gravis.[5] This disease affected her facial muscles, and the medicine the doctors put her on made her feel ill, and her face appeared swollen while also suffering hair loss.[6] She was forced to quit the show after 11 years when the effects of the disease became increasingly worse.[7] Her entire appearance changed, and she did not return to the show for a year. Rogers returned to the serial when her health became better. Rogers, wanting to educate viewers about the disease, confronted executive producer Betty Corday about her character being diagnosed with the disease. Corday agreed, and a storyline played out with Maggie learning she has myasthenia gravis. The actress went into remission in 1995, and has remained in remission since. In 2010, after her character's husband is killed off Maggie began to notice some effects she experienced when diagnosed with the disease in 1984.[8]

In 2003, a major series of serial killings occurred on the show. Maggie was "killed off" in a "whodunnit?" murder storyline involving a serial killer.[9] Maggie's murder forced Rogers to depart from the series. To help with falling ratings at the time current head writer James E. Reilly decided to bring all the characters back from the dead. They all turned up in the fictional town of Melaswen, or New Salem spelt backwards.[10][11] This storyline sparked major controversy, and proved to be a daring move.[12] With the passing of original cast member Frances Reid (Alice Horton) in 2010, Rogers is currently the longest-running actress to appear continuously on Days of our Lives as the new Horton family matriarch.[13][14]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Never Say Never: The Deidre Hall Story Maggie Horton Television film
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1973- Days of Our Lives Maggie Horton Contract role
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
1977 Quincy, M.E. Elaine Farrell Episode: "The Two Sides of Truth"
1980 Little House on the Prairie Molly Reardon Episode: "Second Spring"
1985 Knight Rider Lydia Arkett Episode: "The Wrong Crowd"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Result Ref
1979
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Days of Our Lives
Won
[2][15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Suzanne Rogers Biography". Soap Opera Digest. July 15, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Days of our Lives- Bios- Suzanne Rogers". NBC. July 15, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Suzanne Rogers Biography- Days of our Lives". Soap Opera Digest.com. 2010-02-08. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  4. ^ a b "Suzanne Rogers biography". Google.com/News. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  5. ^ "Myasthenia Gravis Disease | Learn all About the Allergy and Immune System Disorders that Affect the Human Body | Read Insightful Articles to Learn More About Common Diseases & Conditions". Allergy-and-immune-system-disorders.info. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  6. ^ "The Suzanne Rogers Interview, Part Three". Welovesoaps.net. 2009-10-19. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  7. ^ Friday, October 16, 2009 Posted by Damon L. Jacobs (2009-10-16). "The Suzanne Rogers Interview, Part Two". Welovesoaps.net. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  8. ^ "The Suds Report - Feb12/10 | Sympatico.ca TV Guide". Tvguide.ca. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  9. ^ "Days of Our Lives - Salem Stalker Murders - Soap Opera Digest and Weekly". Soapoperadigest.com. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  10. ^ "Days of our Lives". Sonypictures.com. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  11. ^ "TV Tidbits Shows We Love: Days of Our Lives". Sitcomboy.com. 1965-11-08. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  12. ^ "Deidre Hall Storylines as Marlena Evans; SOAPnet". Sn.soapnet.go.com. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  13. ^ Greenblatt, Leah (February 4, 2010). "Frances Reid, Days of our Lives matriarch, dies at 95". Entertainment Weekly (EW.com). Retrieved February 4, 2010. 
  14. ^ Donaldson-Evans, Catherine (February 4, 2010). "Days of Our Lives Matriarch Dies at 95". People (People.com). Retrieved February 5, 2010. 
  15. ^ Scheuer, Steven H. (June 1, 1979). "Daytime Emmy show". Boca Raton News. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 

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