Beloved TV star Maggie Peterson, finest identified for her function on “The Andy Griffith Present,” has died on the age of 81.
Her niece, Amy Royer, confirmed the unhappy information in an announcement on Facebook, revealing Peterson died in her sleep on Sunday afternoon.
Peterson endured poor well being because the demise of her husband of over 40 years, jazz musician Gus Mancuso, in December, the emotional put up revealed.
“Maggie’s well being took a flip for the more serious after the demise of her husband Gus and we’re relieved that we have been in a position to transfer her house to be near household for her final days,” the statement mentioned.
In a post on Instagram, The Andy Griffith Museum mentioned Peterson “introduced a lot pleasure to her followers, and to our Mayberry Days Competition. We are going to miss you, Maggie.”
Peterson landed her breakthrough function as Charlene Darling on “The Andy Griffith Present” in 1963. She quickly put her identify on the map after starring within the comedy present till 1966.
Two years after leaving the present, Peterson was welcomed again on set the place she starred as a special character, named Doris.
Followers have been happy to comprehend it wasn’t the final of Charlene, because the actress returned to her preliminary function within the 1986 TV film “Return to Mayberry,” the place she was joined by her former co-stars.
Peterson went on to safe a recurring function on “The Invoice Dana Present” in 1964, the place she starred as Susie the waitress.
In a while, she landed minor roles in “Inexperienced Acres” and “The Odd Couple” within the late ’60s and early ’70s.
Her different performing credit embrace “Gomer Pyle: USMC,” “The Queen And I,” “Love American Fashion,” and “Mayberry RFD.”
Peterson met her husband Gus in 1968, earlier than tying the knot in 1978.
Following her respective stints on the exhibits, Peterson determined to retire from performing within the ’80s, after her ultimate performing function on a 1987 episode of “The Magical World of Disney.”
She took a job in location administration the place she ultimately labored up the ranks, working as a location supervisor on a number of Las Vegas-based movies, together with “On line casino,” “Mars Assaults!” and “Pay It Ahead.”
Her household revealed on Fb that they’re “planning a non-public service for Maggie within the subsequent few weeks.”