Daytime fans will be familiar with Maree Cheatham from her roles as Lucy’s wacky aunt Charlene on GENERAL HOSPITAL or original DAYS OF OUR LIVES heroine Marie Horton, but they might not recognize her in the special Halloween episode of THE MIDDLE airing on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m.! “Worked in old age makeup and a gray wig,” the actress confided to Soaps In Depth before joking: “Sigh. And we work so hard at staying younger looking!”
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The episode, titled “Halloween VIII: Orson Murder Mystery”, Cheatham portrays Sylvia, an elderly widow who welcomes Frankie and Brick into her home on Halloween. They suspect the old lady of murdering her sister decades ago, but the truth is something they would never have expected!
Cheatham was one of the original cast members of DAYS, playing beleaguered heroine Marie Horton who eventually left to become a nun. After that, she landed on SEARCH FOR TOMORROW playing Stephanie Wilkins. And in 1987, she joined the cast of GH as Charlene Simpson, also making some appearances on the spinoff, PORT CHARLES.
In primetime, Cheatham appeared on the classic sudser KNOTS LANDING, and more recently could be seen on shows like SAM & CAT, HART OF DIXIE, THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS, and BASKETS.
Take a look at Cheatham in some classic pics from her time at DAYS below!
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Maree Cheatham Days 01
Cheatham as Marie Horton on set at DAYS in 1968.
Marie Cheatham Bill Arvin
Cheatham walking around outside of the NBC studio in 1966 with actor Bill Arvin.
Days Cast 1971
The Horton family circa 1971. That's Cheatham as Marie in the nun's habit in the bottom right!
Days Marie Tom
Cheatham in a scene with the late Macdonald Carey as Tom Horton in the late '60s.
Days Tony Marie
Filming a scene with Rick Colla as Tony Merritt in 1965.
Days Group 1971
A promotional group photo of the lovely ladies of DAYS surrounding Macdonald Carey. Clockwise from the top left, that's Susan Flannery as Laura, Denise Alexander as Susan, Heather North as Sandy, Cheatham, Frances Reid as Alice, and Susan Seaforth Hayes as Julie.