Days of Our Lives matriarch Suzanne Rogers will hit quite the milestone on July 13. On that date, Rogers will celebrate 40 years as lovable, busybody Maggie Simmons Horton Kiriakis. TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan spoke with the Emmy-winning actress about her longevity in Salem and some of the wackiest storylines her alter ego was involved in.
TV Guide Magazine: What do you remember about your audition for Days?
Rogers: When I was doing my screen test, Susan Flannery [then playing Laura] walked through the control booth and said to the producers, "Well, if you don't pick her for the part, y'all are crazy!" And then she walked out the other door. [Laughs] Don't you love it? Maggie was such a wonderful character and really different for daytime. Her parents were killed in an auto accident and she was in the back seat and suffered a really severe back injury. They didn't want me in a wheelchair because everyone would have to sit down to do scenes with me, so I spent my first two and a half years of the show on crutches, until Maggie had miracle surgery. They had me running a household, cooking meals, setting the table, cleaning house — all on crutches. Physically, it was very tricky. Thank God they hired a dancer! READ MORE
Ever wanted to take an up close and personal look at the memorabilia used by some of your favorite soap stars? The Smithsonian has unveiled their new daytime television exhibit, including the dress All My Children legend Susan Lucci wore when she won her first Daytime Emmy, Nikki's (Melody Thomas Scott) 2002 wedding dress from The Young and the Restless and items from the children's show Barney.
The collection will soon acquire the Days Of Our Lives hourglass, Barnabas’ cape from Dark Shadows, the All My Children opening book and many other items from daytime talk and children shows. Watch a Soaps In Depth clip from the exhibit after the jump!
Reel life has spilled over into real life for Passions alums Natalie Zea and Travis Schuldt. People is reporting the longtime loves are getting married!
Zea and Schuldt have been together for 10 years. The couple is finally taking the plunge, after Schuldt popped the question in Hawaii. Zea joked:
He wanted to make sure he gave the car a thorough test drive before he bought it. READ MORE
Paula Deen is finally heading to The Today Show to have a one-on-one with Matt Lauer. Last week, Deen left Lauer hanging, after excerpts from her deposition in a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former employee were released. Deen admitted in the proceedings to having used the N-word.
The NBC morning chatfest originally had Deen scheduled as a guest on June 21. However, the show was left in a lurch after the former Food Network star’s PR team claimed she could not appear due to “exhaustion.” Lauer stated to viewers on air Monday,
She has told us she will be here this time. READ MORE
CBS President and Chief Executive Officer Les Moonves was not a fan of the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy awards telecast. TMZ caught up with the Tiffany network’s top dog who didn’t mince words on how he felt about HLN’s second year in a row airing the award ceremony. Mooves stated:
You know what ... it wasn't a very well produced show and you can put that on the air.
Watch the exchange after the jump! READ MORE