Maggie Peterson, whose character on “The Andy Griffith Present” developed a memorable infatuation with Mayberry sheriff Andy Taylor, has died, her household mentioned Monday. She was 81.
A put up to her Fb web page mentioned Peterson died in her sleep on Sunday together with her household current. In response to the put up, Peterson’s well being took a flip for the more serious when her husband, Gus Mancuso, died of Alzheimer’s illness in 2021 at age 88.
“I cherished being a part of that nice present and the numerous mates and followers I’ve made due to it,” she mentioned in a social media put up in 2020.
Within the 1963 episode, Peterson performed the function of Charlene Darling, who alongside together with her father and 4 musical brothers visited Mayberry and crammed themselves into one resort room as they waited for her fiance to reach. Sheriff Andy Taylor lets the household spend an evening within the courthouse and it’s then that Charlene turns into smitten with the sheriff. It was solely when the fiance will get to city that Charlene settles for her past love.
Through the subsequent season, the Darlings return to Mayberry to assist Charlene discover a younger boy to change into engaged to her new child. They decide Opie, performed by Ron Howard, and the sheriff comes up with a scheme to point out the household that his son isn’t the one they need.
Margaret Ann Peterson was born on Jan. 10, 1941, in Greeley, Colorado. In response to IMDb, the Web Film Database website, she, her brother and two of his mates shaped a small group that rode round on a pickup truck singing to folks. It was these excursions that led to her discovery by director Bob Sweeney and producer Aaron Ruben, who teamed to develop Griffith’s present.
Peterson additionally has credit for “On line casino” (1965), and “Mars Assaults!” (1996), amongst different appearances.
The household mentioned a non-public service shall be held within the subsequent few weeks.