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Suzanne Rogers Biography
Suzanne Rogers (Suzanne Cecelia Crumpler) is an American actress. She is best known for playing Maggie Horton, a role she originated and has played since 1973 on the NBC dramatic serial Days of Our Lives. She has credits in film and television. Suzanne’s stage name was inspired by Ginger Rogers, whom she cites as a personal inspiration for joining the entertainment industry.
Suzanne began her career as a dancer/performer at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.
Suzanne Rogers Age | How Old Is Suzanne Rogers
Suzanne was born on July 9, 1943 in Midland, Maryland. She is 75 years old as of 2018.
Suzanne Rogers Young
Suzanne Rogers was born Suzanne Cecelia Crumpler in Midland, Maryland. She grew up in Colonial Heights, Virginia. Suzanne took an interest in dancing. She expressed interest in dancing at the age of two and began taking dancing lessons during her childhood.
Suzanne Rogers Husband
In 1980 Suzanne married Sam Groom. The couple divorced in 1982. Suzanne lives in Studio City, California.
Suzanne Rogers Days Of Our Lives
Suzanne landed the role of Maggie Horton on NBC’s Days of Our Lives. In August 1973 Maggie was introduced as a guest character, by scriptwriter William J. Bell and executive producer Betty Corday. From the beginning, Bell considered the role ideal for her. He approached Rogers about taking the role of Maggie, and she agreed. 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.
Suzanne Rogers Net Worth
Suzanne’s net worth is under review.
Suzanne Rogers Myasthenia Gravis
Suzanne was diagnosed with the rare muscle disorder myasthenia gravis In 1984. This disease affected her facial muscles. The medicine the doctors put her on made her feel ill, and her face appeared swollen while also suffering hair loss. Suzanne temporarily left the show after 11 years when the effects of the disease became increasingly worse.
Suzanne’s entire appearance changed, and she did not return to Days of Our Lives for a year. She returned to the serial when her health became better. Suzanne, wanting to educate viewers about the disease, encouraged executive producer Betty Corday to have her character be diagnosed with the disease. Corday agreed, and a storyline played out with Maggie learning she has myasthenia gravis. In 1995 the actress went into remission, and has remained in remission since. After her character’s husband is killed off in 2010 , Maggie began to notice some effects she experienced when diagnosed with the disease in 1984.
Suzanne Rogers Career
When Suzanne was 17 years old, she 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. Along with becoming a Rockette, Rogers performed in several Broadway musicals including Coco, Hallelujah Boy and Follies, distinctly heard on the original cast album and mentioned in the book Everything Was Possible which covered the creation and history of the hit Broadway show. After spending 10 years in New York City, the actress wanted to try out an acting dream and moved to California in January 1973.
A major series of serial killings occurred on the show in 2003. Maggie was “killed off” in a “whodunnit?” murder storyline involving a serial killer. Maggie’s murder forced Suzanne to depart from the series, although she made occasional appearances as Maggie’s “spirit”, appearing with all of the other victims when the apparent culprit, Marlena Evans, attacked Alice. 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. This storyline sparked major controversy, and proved to be a daring move.
Since the death of original cast member Frances Reid (Alice Horton) in 2010, Suzanne is currently the longest-running actress to appear continuously on Days of Our Lives as the new Horton family matriarch.