Maggie Horton Is the Rock of Salem

For most viewers, Days of Our Lives has been an unending train wreck of bad news and bad soap. In Salem’s realm of unrecognizability, Maggie Horton (Suzanne Rogers) is the nugget of gold in a pile of muckity-muck. Without thinking about it, I have slowly realized that Maggie has become the face, the heart and the soul of Days. A fixture since 1974, she has been unwittingly been pushed to the forefront as her costars scatter to the wind. 

Maggie has stopped playing hostess at Chez Rouge for other characters that drop by her restaurant. She apparently doesn’t need her husband Mickey around because he is not beside her and she is respected enough to be the "go to" girl for those in conflict. She has her own strength and her own independence. 

Over time, she has emerged as MY focus of this show. Maggie may no longer be starring in her own storylines, but she is instrumental in several others. She was the family connection who supported Nick when he took an inexplicable walk down the psycho path; she is there for Lucas, but holds the key to Chloe’s secret; and she is around to advise Melanie against her obvious attraction to EJ (no comment). With the massive firings of her castmates, Suzanne’s 35 years of service to Salem is something to celebrate. There is no fast forwarding through any of her scenes, no matter how badly her costars perform. It’s as if I want to capture every last possible moment that Rogers graces my screen because no one knows on whom the bloody axe will fall next. Thank you Suzanne for showing up to work and making it count!

8 Responses

  1. Profile photo of salem1975

    You said it! You do not fast forward through Emmy-winner Suzanne Rogers, nor her contemporary, the recurring Susan Seaforth Hayes. They are even more connected to Salem than Marlena Evans, as they are Hortons, and scene stealing, cherished actresses.

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    Yes, she was awesome with Chloe and Daniel lately! I am appreciating this bright spot on the show while I can also. So, far they are using this veteran character in a way that makes sense to the show. I hope this means they keep her around Salem.

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    Suzanne Rogers continues to show why she won an Emmy, as she rises above the poor writing and weak acting of many of her co-stars and delivers riveting and heart tugging performances in every scene she appears in! Maggie Horton is just about the only character left on the show what reminds all of us longtime fans what Days use to be and gives us the hope that it will be that way some day again. Kudos to Suzanne and Maggie for kicking butt!

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