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Suzanne Rogers Celebrates Her 50th Anniversary at DAYS!

It’s rare for an actor to play the same character for a quarter of a century, so when that happens, it’s a reason for a party! And that’s exactly what happened when Suzanne Rogers reached her 50th anniversary on DAYS OF OUR LIVES!

On August 20, 1973, the former Radio City Music Hall Rockette dancer made her daytime debut as Maggie Simmons Horton Kiriakis, a role that would win her a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress six years later. And on August 24 of this year, the DAYS cast and crew gathered on the set of the Horton Town Square to fete their matriarch.

On Instagram, Stephen Nichols (Steve) shared a video from the setside party that included an introduction by new executive producer Janet Drucker. “Today, we celebrated the remarkable, talented, and kind Suzanne Rogers, who has graced our screens in Salem for 50 years!” Nichols captioned the video. “You are an inspiration to each and every one of us, Suzanne. Congratulations and much love.”

During her speech, Rogers marveled at how quickly the decades have seemed to have gone by. “I know it doesn’t seem like it, but it went by fast for me. It’s hard to say 50 years,” she confessed, adding with a laugh, “Wow, I’m old.”

Rogers also admitted that she believed she was being written out of the soap on more than one occasion. “I thought when they killed us all off, that was the end for me. I thought when my husband Mickey passed away, that was it for me. And I also thought that when Victor just passed away, that was going to be it for me, too. So, I’m so happy that I’m still here.”

Both Maggie and her portrayer are woven deep into the fabric of Salem, and Rogers shared that she hopes the legacy she leaves behind is for more than the storylines she’s played out on the screen. “I hope I’ve been a kind person,” she said, a comment that was met with rousing applause from those gathered. “That’s what I want to be known for.”

Wrapping up her speech, Rogers cheered to her past, her present, and her future. “I can’t believe it’s happening, and it still is happening, and I’m still working,” she stated. “Yay!”

Please join us in congratulating Rogers on this remarkable milestone!

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