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Template:Infobox soap character Mary Margaret "Maggie" Stone is a fictional character from the American daytime drama All My Children. She is portrayed by actress Elizabeth Hendrickson, who also portrayed Maggie's identical twin sister, Mary Frances "Frankie" Stone. The character came to Pine Valley in early 2002 after the death of her twin. She immediately struck up a friendship with her sister's girlfriend, Bianca Montgomery, while investigating her sister's demise. Bianca fell deeply in love with Maggie, and Maggie strung Bianca along for months before finally declaring that she was only "into guys" and that she could not be the woman for Bianca.
Maggie ended up dating several men, taking a few of them to bed, sometimes out of confusion and other times out of a clear attempt to shake her growing romantic attraction to Bianca. The two eventually managed to become lovers, though heartbreak soon followed.
Creation and characterizationEdit
Actress Elizabeth Hendrickson first debuted on All My Children in 2001 as character Frankie Stone. The character was killed off after only three months on the series. Her death attracted much criticism, the most prominent being that the show was afraid to portray a homosexual romance, one that was blossoming with Frankie's developing relationship with out-and-proud lesbian Bianca Montgomery. When creator of the character, Richard Culliton, stated that she was always intended to die, it did not help ease the discontent viewers expressed about her demise. As a result, Maggie Stone, the character's identical twin sister, was created in order to bring back the equally popular actress, Hendrickson, to the show.
Maggie debuted in 2002. Hendrickson, at first, had a difficult time differentiating her from Frankie: "Oh, my gosh, I was so afraid about that," she stated. "I was trying to go for something completely different, but the problem was that the writers left it so ambiguous; the character was such a blank slate. I just decided to make her lighter, prettier [laughs]. I kept the humor; I always like to play a little bit of humor. And I was playing her straight — at first [laughs]! So I went for heterosexual, pretty, funny. And smarter!"
Hendrickson described her first day as Maggie as feeling as though she were Frankie. Her scenes were with Bianca's portrayer, Eden Riegel, whose character thought she was Frankie. Hendrickson concluded to simply not being over Frankie yet. She did, however, eventually begin to feel the difference between the two characters, relating Maggie more to herself. "I wanted to keep Maggie light, with a bit more humor," relayed Hendrickson. "Frankie was more dark. Maggie's very true to her feelings. She's honest. She's loving and hopeful. Maggie is much closer to myself. I am an optimistic person and a realist."
When detailing the difference in the characters' backgrounds and personalities further and her portrayal of that, Hendrickson stated: "Maggie went to school; Frankie didn't show up. Maggie's more feminine and knows how to control her anger. Frankie lashed out. As Maggie, I walk differently. I'm trying to concentrate on my speech more, to enunciate and act more proper."
The change in wardrobe was a factor Hendrickson especially had to become accustomed to. "On my first day, Maggie was wearing a miniskirt," Hendrickson recalled. "In one of the scenes, Bianca fainted to the floor, and we had to do a few takes. The one that they [used] was when I went to catch her and bent over, forgetting that I was wearing a miniskirt. When I realized, I turned to everyone and was like, '[Gasps] Oh, my goodness! I flashed the entire set. Sorry, guys. I'm not used to wearing miniskirts on the show — I'm used to wearing baggy pants!.'"
Though the change in wardrobe was a different feel, Hendrickson welcomed the new look: "I used to get a little frustrated with what I wore as Frankie; I was sick of looking like a rugrat. But now, I really like my wardrobe. I'm excited that Maggie wears skirts all the time!"
In addition, Maggie was characterized as extremely loyal, the ultimate friend. Her sense of humor is brought together by witty one-liners, often relying on such when angry, confrontational, or happy.
Somewhat of a risk-taker, the character is frequently known to handle matters her way, no matter the consequence.
Throughout Maggie's years on the series, the writers kept her sexual orientation a constant guessing point for viewers. She was first detailed as heterosexual, and the executive producers insisted that the character was as far from gay as one could perceive. Although stern in their insistence, it did not stop viewers from speculating the character's sexuality. As such, the media began to ask questions as well. One query was how likely is it that identical twins might share the same sexual orientation. Magazine Soaps in Depth asked the question of Van Cagle, a Director Of Research for GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation). "There is scant research on this [subject]," Cagle admitted. He cited a 1991 study by Northwestern University professor Michael Bailey that found among female identical twins, one gay twin raised the likelihood of the other being gay to 48 percent, compared to fraternal twins, whose likelihood was only 12 percent.
Cagle, however, was quick to note, "that study has never been replicated, and research is usually only valid if it is replicated and produces similar results".
Bianca's best friend, Maggie's relationship with Bianca was to be strictly platonic. This, however, began to change when viewers cited overwhelming chemistry between the characters' portrayers, Riegel and Hendrickson, and demanded that the show pair Bianca and Maggie romantically.
Little hints started to spring up here and there in the series to suggest that Maggie might not be as heterosexual as she was claiming to be, such as her leaving a white rose on Bianca's desk the day she was to go on a date with character Tim Dillon, even insisting on spending more time with Bianca while on the date. In a confrontational episode where a sexually frustrated Bianca finally asks Maggie to define what they are to each other, Maggie, after some avoidance, states that she is "into guys" romantically and only guys. The scenes proved to be some of the most talked about in the history of the show, with fans feeling angry, frustrated, and saddened that the series was apparently not going to pursue a Bianca and Maggie romance.
Riegel and Hendrickson received praise for their performances in the scenes, and Maggie moved on with a man, a new guy in town named Henry Chin. Hendrickson stated her dissatisfaction with Maggie becoming romantically involved with a guy so quickly after declaring her heterosexuality, detailing that it was only a week after her confrontation with Bianca.
Maggie's relationship with Henry soon ended, but the character was not heavily romantically linked with any other man for some time. Meanwhile, her relationship with Bianca continued to deepen, which perplexed Hendrickson:
Maggie was asexual for a long time. It was frustrating, and I was getting confused how I should play it. So I kept it honest: She loved Bianca as a friend. There was a possibility that she could love her more intimately. She still does love her, and there was a point in time when she might have thought otherwise. But ultimately she likes men.
Maggie, however, continued to send mixed signals Bianca's way, her romantic feelings for Bianca displayed as intense. The character was shown to resort to having sex with good guy and best friend Jamie Martin on several occasions to bury these feelings, though most of her sexual interaction with Jamie took place offscreen. When Maggie's romantic attraction was shown to get the best of her in an episode where she impulsively kisses Bianca, only to later tell Bianca it meant nothing, it is Jamie she finds comfort in.
Jamie, as well as close friend Reggie Montgomery, served as voices of reason to Maggie's love life, urging her to accept the reality of her feelings for Bianca. In one scene, Jamie tells a surprised Maggie that he knows what she and Bianca have going on is far more than friendship, and that everyone can see it. He tells her that when it comes to his romantic life, he wishes that someone loved him as deeply as she loves Bianca. Reggie often relates Bianca and Maggie to true love, citing that they have a "forever love".
Maggie was eventually written to accept her attraction to Bianca. Alone with Bianca on a sofa in her apartment, she confessed to being in love with her. Like Bianca and Maggie's confrontational scenes over Maggie's sexual orientation, these were highly praised by fans and critics as well.Template:Cquote2
Hendrickson stated that following Maggie's reveal, she feared viewers would no longer care about Maggie's struggle to understand her unfolding sexual identity. But one soap opera columnist assured, "Not only do we still care, we care more than ever."
Bianca, in a romance with newcomer Lena Kundera at the time, declared her commitment to Lena. Maggie was left feeling rejected. Her next romance was with character Jonathan Lavery, a relationship brought on by her hurt feelings in Bianca's rejection, as well as feeling second best to Bianca's other best friend, Babe Carey.
Maggie and Jonathan's romance was new territory for Hendrickson, as her character's sexual activity increased:
Because I play a sexually confused character, I have not had to do a lot of sex scenes (giggles). Maggie lost her virginity to Henry in her dorm room, and it was pretty PC, pretty chaste. Well, not with Jonathan! When we did our first big love scene, I was so surprised about how prudish and shy I became! It's like I became 16 again. I had to drop the blanket that was covering me, and in the middle of my kiss with Jeff [ Branson, Jonathan], I started cracking up. He was like, 'What did I do, what did I do?' And I was like, 'Nothing! It wasn't you! I'm a 25-year-old professional woman. What is wrong with me?' I couldn't believe myself!' Everyone else does these scenes all the time, they're basically naked and it's no big deal, and I'm like, 'I need everyone to leave the set!' I'm a prude!.
Maggie eventually grasped her sexuality months after jetting off to Paris, the location the writers scripted Bianca and Maggie to have become lovers, offscreen. Two years later, Hendrickson was relieved when Maggie's previous sexual confusion was revealed to be undoubtedly over.
Maggie, the twin sister of Frankie, who had previously been in love with Bianca, comes to Pine Valley and soon solves the murder mystery regarding her sister. She is held captive by her Aunt Vanessa Cortlandt (also known as drug lord Proteus), after she reveals to Vanessa that she knows Vanessa played a part in Frankie's death. Maggie's cousins, Dr. David Hayward and Leo du Pres, save her, and Vanessa is later captured and sent to jail. Maggie, with hardly any family, views David and Leo more as her brothers than as her cousins. They form a close relationship, bonding over their battles with Vanessa. Maggie easily bonds with Bianca as well due to the connection that the two shared with Frankie. They become best friends.
When Bianca realizes that she has increasing romantic feelings for Maggie, she fears it is because Maggie has the same face and body as Frankie. She pushes Maggie into a relationship with a guy named Tim Dillon to help her get over the young woman. Maggie, however, ignores Tim, even while on a date with him and insists on being closer to Bianca. Bianca's forcefulness of pushing Tim and Maggie together does not work out. She later confronts Maggie to define whether or not she and Maggie are lovers in the making. Maggie says that she loves Bianca, but stresses that she is not in love with her.
Not far off, tragedy abounds when Leo and Vanessa are reported to have died after falling over waterfall Miller's Falls. Maggie, along with Trey Kenyon (her other long-lost cousin), are there as a great support to Leo's wife, Greenlee Smythe. Maggie also helps David and Anna Devane after the loss of their baby, Leora. Closer to Maggie than ever, David offers to pay for Maggie's tuition at Pine Valley University (PVU) after she declares her interest in Med School. During this time, Maggie sees David as a father figure to her and Anna as a mother.
I feel that Maggie is coming alive, finally. For a while [she's] been in sort of a rut; I feel like [she] got a little boring. [ Megan ] definitely threw some spice and life into my character, which is so refreshing. I even see a difference in her language and dialogue; she's really speaking like a young woman. She's becoming more three-dimensional.
– Elizabeth Hendrickson on her character's emergence of depth
When Maggie's boyfriend, Henry Chin, cheats on an exam, Maggie is almost expelled from school for letting him look off of her paper. She tries to help him in any way she can. He is the first guy she has romantic feelings for. Henry, not wanting Maggie to suffer for his bad actions any longer, confesses to higher authority. Maggie is permitted to stay at PVU, and helps Henry pursue his music career. She says goodbye to him when his group goes on tour.
Bianca's true love and soulmateEdit
Template:RquoteMaggie soon learns that a man named Michael Cambias has recently raped Bianca. She is the first one Bianca tells of this and encourages Bianca to let David examine her. Bianca refuses, saying that she is fine. The truth comes out later, however, and Maggie holds Bianca's hand through the whole rape exam. She is Bianca's entire emotional support and their bond deepens. When Bianca again pursues Lena Kundera (ex-girlfriend), Maggie shows signs of jealousy. Though having been sexually intimate with Jamie Martin, he is her cover, as they agree to make Babe Carey Chandler (the object of Jamie's affections) jealous if he keeps up the ruse that he is Maggie's boyfriend. This also serves to hide Maggie's romantic feelings for Bianca.
Lena later leaves town to care for her ailing mother, and Bianca turns to Maggie once again for emotional support. The need for Maggie in her life is just as intense this time around, since Bianca lost her child, Miranda, the daughter that resulted from Michael's rape of her. Maggie offers Bianca her home as a place to stay, a new apartment that she shares with Jamie.
During a game of "I never", Maggie lets out an issue that has been on her mind — her romantic feelings for Bianca. She professes her love to Bianca, but Bianca rejects her, saying that she is still very much in love with Lena.
Not long after, Jamie is arrested for drugging Babe, but Maggie is certain of his innocence. She joins forces with Reggie Montgomery and Danielle Frye to find the real culprit. Her suspicions are directed toward J.R. Chandler, who was at their apartment the night before drugs were found incriminating Jamie of the crime. Bianca, close friends with J.R., does not believe in his guilt and asks Maggie to trust him. Bianca says that J.R. would not do that to his wife or brother. Maggie becomes further frustrated with the situation.After feeling jilted by Bianca a second time in what she believes to be Bianca having chosen Babe as a lover, she enters into a romantic relationship with bad boy Jonathan Lavery. Maggie, unaware that when she found Bianca in bed with Babe earlier, it was a ploy to trap J.R. into confessing that he framed Jamie, wraps herself far into the life of Jonathan. It is not long before Jamie goes on the run with Babe, leaving Maggie without a roommate. She has Jonathan move in with her. Everything goes well with Jonathan at first, their relationship seeming to be more about sex in the beginning. Jonathan is even aware of Maggie's sexual confusion and asks her how she could have ever thought she was gay, to which Maggie says that she was wrong. Although Bianca and Maggie share a second kiss together, Maggie makes it clear to Bianca that she is heterosexual (in her words, straight). Things begin to fall apart for Jonathan and Maggie's romance when she finds him destroying the shirt Bianca wore the night Miranda was born. Jonathan convinces Maggie that the shirt would have provided the evidence needed to prove that the Cambias heir, Ethan, is really a Cambias, and would have resulted in Jonathan's brother, the current heir to the Cambias fortune, Ryan, to lose everything. Maggie covers for him with Bianca.
The couple appears to want the same thing. But Jonathan soon reveals his dark side. The shirt was the last keepsake Bianca had of Miranda. However, Bianca is given a miracle when Miranda turns out alive. Maggie is elated, but Jonathan is disturbed by it all. When Bianca is at the brink of death after a fall from a deck due to a scuffle with J.R., Jonathan, who is aware of the incident, does not tell Maggie. During a heated argument with him about it, after she discovers his deception, Jonathan loses his calm and slaps her. Maggie stays quiet about the whole physical altercation, claiming that the bruise on her face is due to a gym accident. But the slap by Jonathan is only the beginning of his abuse of her.
We just adore each other so much. And Jeff is not at all like his evil counterpart, Jonathan, who was abusive to Maggie. He hated saying some things to me because he has such a wonderful and beautiful heart. Sometimes we would finish scenes and we would just look at each other and be like 'Aww, I don't like when you do that.'
– Elizabeth Hendrickson
Jonathan begins to verbally abuse Maggie, making comments about her sexuality and relationship with Bianca. Maggie finally takes control of the situation when she learns that Jonathan has been terrorizing Bianca. Bianca helps Maggie see that Jonathan is an abuser. Maggie refuses her help at first, saying that Jonathan loves her and she loves Jonathan, but she eventually breaks off her relationship with him.
Bianca is set to leave Pine Valley in February 2005, for a fresh start. She offers Maggie to come along for a new beginning. Maggie considers the offer and refuses. But an unexpected fog blanket keeps Bianca's plane grounded long enough for Maggie to reconsider. On a whim, she joins Bianca and Miranda as they embark on their new life together. She acknowledges her romantic feelings for Bianca, but wants to take the build-up to romance with Bianca slowly. Maggie joins Bianca and Miranda and moves to Paris, as friends, where she begins to take medical classes. While in Paris, Maggie and Bianca become lovers, as revealed by Bianca in her Christmas 2005 visit to Pine Valley.
One year later and betrayalEdit
Maggie chooses to remain in Paris to continue her medical studies, while Bianca and Miranda return to Pine Valley so that Bianca can meet her new older half-brother, Josh Madden.
After returning to Pine Valley, Bianca reveals to her brother that Maggie has cheated on her and that the two have broken up. Bianca tells her sister, Kendall Hart Slater, that she should have stayed in Paris and fought for Maggie, that Maggie is the woman she is in love with and she never should have run home. She calls her actions lame.On January 15 2007, Maggie returns to Pine Valley to attempt to reconcile with Bianca. She is perplexed to see subtle hints of romance between Bianca and Zoe, a transgender rockstar Bianca has apparently grown close to. Bianca, while admitting she is still in love with Maggie, asks her to give her time and space. On February 7 2007, Maggie returns to Paris in an open-ended temporary end to their love story.
There are unconfirmed reports that Maggie will return in the near future: "Ms. Stone's ambiguous exit leaves viewers wondering whether she'll return, yet an AMC rep says nothing is planned at this time."
Viewers witnessed Bianca decide to move back to Paris; she would help Zoe through transition as a friend while Zoe lived in London. Not long afterwards, however, the characters were revealed to have drifted apart. The series left it so that it was possible that Bianca and Maggie could have renewed their relationship while back in Paris. But on September 18 2008, Bianca's return to the series was announced, but without Maggie; Hendrickson is currently with the cast of The Young and the Restless. Bianca will instead have a new female lover, Reese Williams, portrayed by Tamara Braun.
- ↑ Warn, Sarah (2005-02-24). The End of a Lesbian Era on All My Children. AfterEllen.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-01. Retrieved on 2007-07-28.
- ↑ Cassidy, Shane. "Elizabeth Hendrickson", lesbianation.com. Retrieved on 2008-01-22.
- ↑ "Young and the Restless' "Dynamite" Twist", TV Guide, 2008-02-06. Retrieved on 2008-02-09.
- ↑ "Fans Cry Foul Over Bianca's Latest Loss!", Soaps In Depth, 2001-12-25. Retrieved on 2008-02-09.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 "Hendrickson To Return as "Maggie"", www.soapcentral.com. Retrieved on 2007-08-12.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 "Twin Peaks", Soap Opera Weekly, 2003-07-08. Retrieved on 2008-01-22.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Who's on First", Soap Opera Digest, 2005-02-08. Retrieved on 2008-01-22.
- ↑ Bianca Meets Maggie on AMC. Soap Opera Weekly (2002-02-12). Retrieved on 2008-02-09.
- ↑ No Butts About It. Soap Opera Digest (2002-03-26). Retrieved on 2008-02-09.
- ↑ Dual Roles Means Double the Duds!. Soaps In Depth (2002-11-12). Retrieved on 2008-02-09.
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Gold Star: Elizabeth Hendrickson is this issue's standout performer. Soaps In Depth (2004-07-20). Retrieved on 2008-01-22.
- ↑ Groundbreaker. Soaps In Depth (2002-10-29). Retrieved on 2008-02-09.
- ↑ Is AMC's Maggie Gay?. Soap Opera Weekly (2002-09-10). Retrieved on 2008-02-09.
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 "Could Maggie Be Gay, Too?", Soaps In Depth, 2002-02-19. Retrieved on 2008-02-09.
- ↑ AMC: Hope for BAM Fans!. Soap Opera Digest (2003-07-08). Retrieved on 2008-01-22.
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 Soldier of Fortune: How Elizabeth Hendrickson Learned Not To Become A Casualty In AMC's Unique Battle of the Sexes. Soap Opera Digest (2004-10-19). Retrieved on 2008-01-22.
- ↑ Hit..Not that there's anything wrong with that on AMC. Soap Opera Weekly (2003-02-04). Retrieved on 2008-01-22.
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 Performers of the Week - Elizabeth Hendrickson & Eden Riegel. Soap Opera Weekly (2003-02-11). Retrieved on 2008-01-22.
- ↑ Feeling Their Pain. Soaps In Depth (2003-04-01). Retrieved on 2008-01-22.
- ↑ Elizabeth Hendrickson: 'I'm a Bit Jealous'. Soap Opera Weekly (2003-05-13). Retrieved on 2008-01-22.
- ↑ ABC Maggie Stone Biography. abc.go.com. Retrieved on 2008-01-24.
- ↑ Watkins, Karen (2004-03-06). FRIENDS WHO HOOK UP..... About.com. Retrieved on 2008-01-24.
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- ↑ ALL MY CHILDREN Interview. AMC's Maggie and Henry (Ivan Shaw): Virginia Sherwood/ABC Q&A With ... Elizabeth Hendrickson (Maggie, AMC). Soap Opera Digest. Retrieved on 2007-11-27.
- ↑ Elizabeth Hendrickson on Breaking Up. Soap Opera Digest. Retrieved on 2007-11-27.
- ↑ "February 5th - Week 3.5 of BAM", Soaps In Depth. She cried mea culpa, clashed with Zoe and ultimately returned solo to France. Unfortunately, BAM fans, Maggie appears to have left the building. Try though she might, AMC's Maggie can't seem to convince her ex, Bianca, that her cheating days are over. After begging for forgiveness and pitching in at Fusion, Mags makes her lonely exit on Wednesday, February 7. Is this the end for AMC's Sapphic supercouple? "Bianca still loves her," headwriter Megan McTavish assures the audience. "And yet, at the same time, I don't think it's a given that you necessarily forgive the person who cheated on you. So Maggie has an uphill climb." Ms. Stone's ambiguous exit leaves viewers wondering whether she'll return, yet an AMC rep says nothing is planned at this time.
- ↑ Murray, Jesse. ""All My Children" Welcomes Bianca and Tamara Braun!", SOAPnet.com, 2008-09-18. Retrieved on 2008-09-19.