Lydia Bruce made her debut as the third and final Maggie in May 1968. Originally, she was hired to temp for Bethel Leslie for two months while the latter was filming a movie. When Ms. Leslie opted not to return, Ms. Bruce took over the role permanently and kept it for nearly 15 years, until the last episode in 1982.
On December 8, 1967, Hope Memorial Hospital was turned upside down by the arrival of Steve Aldrich (David O'Brien). He was the cousin of intern Dr. John Rice and was just completing medical school himself. For the next 15 years, he would charm many and touch the lives of many - but none more so than Nurse Carolee Simpson (Carolee Campbell), who was smitten from the first time she saw the dashing Steve.