Maggie Peterson From ‘Andy Griffith Show’ Dies at 81 (Complete News)

Maggie Peterson, well remembered for her role on “The Andy Griffith Show,” has died at the age of 81, her publicist confirmed.

According to a statement on Facebook from Amy Royer, Peterson’s niece, she passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday afternoon.

Peterson’s health had been bad since December, when her husband of more than 40 years, jazz musician Gus Mancuso, died. This was revealed in an emotional post.

“Maggie’s health took a turn for the worse after the death of her husband Gus and we are relieved that we were able to move her home to be close to family for her last days,” the statement said.

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In a post on Instagram, The Andy Griffith Museum said Peterson “brought so much joy to her fans, and to our Mayberry Days Festival. We will miss you, Maggie.”

In 1963, Peterson appeared on “The Andy Griffith Show” as Charlene Darling, which gave her a breakout role. After starring in the comedy show until 1966, she quickly became a household name.

Maggie Peterson Dies at 81
Maggie Peterson Dies at 81

Peterson returned to the show two years after she left it and played a new character named Doris.

In 1986, in a TV movie titled “Return to Mayberry,” Charlene returned to her original role, which she shared with her previous co-stars.

In 1964, Peterson landed a recurring role on “The Bill Dana Show” as waitress Susie.

In the late ’60s and early ’70s, she had minor appearances in “Green Acres” and “The Odd Couple.”

Some of her other roles include “Gomer Pyle: USMC,” “The Queen and I,” “Love American Style,” and “Mayberry RFD.”

In 1968, Peterson met her future spouse Gus, with whom she married in 1978.

Peterson opted to stop acting in the 1980s after her final performance on an episode of “The Magical World of Disney” in 1987, following her individual appearances on the programs.

She got a position in site management and worked her way up the ranks, eventually becoming the location manager for several Las Vegas-based films, including “Casino,” “Mars Attacks!” and “Pay It Forward.”

Her family shared on Facebook that they are “planning a private service for Maggie in the next few weeks.” Stay tuned with us only on leedaily.com

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