Maggie Horton has been on DAYS OF OUR LIVES for decades, so newer viewers can be forgiven for not being completely up on the character’s long history in Salem. Maggie first appeared in 1973 when Suzanne Rogers joined the cast of DAYS as the crippled farm girl. And in 1979, the actress earned a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work on the soap.
Crippled as the result of a car accident in her childhood, Maggie took on hired hands to help run her farm. This is how she met Mickey Horton, who arrived suffering from amnesia and calling himself Marty Hanson. The two fell in love and were married, but when he suggested she visit Salem University Hospital to look into a surgery which could help her walk again, she saw a photo of Mickey and realized who she had married. Maggie hoped to keep him in the dark, but his family tracked him down and brought him home. After the surgery, Maggie learned that her paralysis was no longer physical, but mental, and not only was she finally able to overcome it and walk again, Mickey divorced Laura and officially married the redhead.
Maggie and Mickey adopted a daughter, Janice, but her birth mother tried to take her back. This stress led Maggie to start drinking, and she was arrested when she caused a car accident while Janice was in the car with her. She joined Alcoholics Anonymous, but fell off the wagon when Janice’s custody hearing neared. A desperate Maggie kidnapped the little girl and fled town, though Tom Horton convinced her to come home. After Janice fell into the water at the pier and slipped into a coma, Joanna and Maggie fought for custody, and Maggie sadly lost.
Years later, Maggie agreed to act as a surrogate for an anonymous donor, and became pregnant. Dr. Evan Whyland came to Salem and began to spend a lot of time with Maggie. Mickey learned that Evan was the baby’s father, but Maggie still wanted to keep it. Mickey agreed to love the baby as if it were his own, and in 1981, Sarah Horton was born. Following a custody battle, Mickey and Maggie were awarded the little girl. The following year, the couple also took custody of a young woman named Melissa Anderson, who had run away from her mother.
Tragedy struck when Stefano had Evan killed and when Mickey investigated, the villain had him kidnapped and made everyone believe he’d died in a car crash! Mickey’s partner, Don, began spending time with the widow and soon fell in love with Maggie himself. Just after they both professed their feelings for each other, Mickey escaped and returned home! Maggie divorced Mickey, but soon realized that was a mistake and dumped Don to return to her true love. On Valentine’s Day, 1986, Mickey and Maggie were remarried in a double ceremony with Melissa and Pete Jannings.
As time went on, Maggie was feeling neglected by Mickey and found solace in the arms of doctor Neil Curtis. Sarah caught them together and planned to expose their affair, but they revealed to the girl that Neil was actually her real biological father. She still exposed them, and a devastated Mickey realized he was partly to blame for driving Maggie away. They patched things up and Maggie got into the restaurant business, opening Alice’s Restaurant and later buying Tuscany.
When Maggie was apparently killed by the Salem Stalker, Mickey started a relationship with Bonnie Lockhart. After Maggie was found alive with the other “victims” and returned to Salem, she immediately set to winning back her husband, who had since married Bonnie. With Doug’s help, Maggie was able to convince Mickey that Bonnie was just after his money and he eventually dumped her.
In 2010, Maggie was devastated when Mickey died of a heart attack. When she later struck up a friendship with Victor Kiriakis, his wife, Vivian Alamain, tried to get rid of Maggie by burying her alive. Victor divorced Vivian and courted Maggie, and while she struggled to accept his criminal past, they eventually became engaged. Maggie also learned that she had a son, Daniel Jonas, from an experimental program decades earlier where she’d harvested some of her eggs. Sadly, Daniel was killed in a car accident and Maggie agreed to donate his heart to save the life of Brady Black.
Victor’s brother, Deimos Kiriakis, poisoned Maggie and she took a fall that left her paralyzed again. Victor agreed to turn over his assets to Deimos in exchange for an antidote to save his wife. Eventually Maggie regained the ability to walk and Victor has continued to stand by her. For her part, Maggie also stands by Victor, doing her best to keep him from getting out of line!
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