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Who was the late Maggie Peterson's husband, Gus Mancuso? They were married for 43 years

Amber Peake May 17, 2022
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Actress Maggie Peterson, familiar to audiences for her role as Charlene Darling in classic Sixties sitcom The Andy Griffith Show, has died aged 81.

Peterson’s death was announced by the late actress’ family in a statement on Monday on Facebook, confirming she passed away in her sleep on Sunday afternoon.

The statement also explained Peterson’s health “took a turn for the worse” following the death of her husband, Gus Mancuso.

We take a look at Maggie Peterson and her husband’s marriage as fans are curious to know more about him. Here’s all we know…

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Who was Maggie Peterson’s husband, Gus Mancuso?

Maggie Peterson’s husband, Gus Mancuso, was a well-respected musician in the Las Vegas jazz scene. Mancuso was born 5 January 1933 in Hastings, Pennsylvania, but spent his childhood growing up in Rochester, New York State.

He went on to build a name for himself in Las Vegas as he worked and performed in the city for more than six decades. During his career he became renowned as a multi-instrumentalist, having mastered the bass, baritone horn and piano.

Mancuso sadly died in December 2021 aged 88, having previously been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

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Their marriage spanned four decades

Maggie Peterson and Gus Mancuso tied the knot in 1978 and were married for 43 years before his death late last year.

The New York Post reports they actually first crossed paths in 1968, a decade before they married. The couple met at a casino in Lake Tahoe as Peterson performed as the opening act for Andy Griffith, SportsSkeeda reports.

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Fans send condolences to Maggie Peterson’s family

As many remember the actress’ career and life, fans have sent their condolences to Maggie Peterson’s family:

We send our condolences to Maggie Peterson’s family and friends at this difficult time.

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.