The story of Dark Shadows begins with newly hired governess Victoria Winters arriving at Collinwood, the Collins' estate in Collinsport, Maine, in search of her mysterious origins. She soon is caught up in the strange events and mysteries that seem to surround the Collins family. Eventually, their 'cousin from England', Barnabas Collins, arrives and takes the show in a new direction; his vampire curse introduces a new history of the Collins family.
Despite the death of her mother, Maggie led a happy childhood with Sam serving as both mother and father to her.
In 1957, Sam's friend Burke Devlin went to prison for manslaughter and Maggie noticed a change in her father. He became moody, self-loathing, and started drinking a lot and painting less.
Shortly after the trial, Sam had sold a bunch of paintings for $15,000. The money did nothing to improve Sam's mood and he wound up blowing it all very fast, forcing Maggie to get a job as a waitress at the Collinsport Inn. She replaced Grace as a waitress in the diner in 1962.
When Burke Devlin returned to Collinsport in 1966, Maggie noticed a high level of fear in her father. She suspected it had something to do with Burke and/or Roger Collins, but he refused to address it. One night, he wrote a letter addressed to her and told her to put it in a safe place and open it only if something happened to him. When asked what it was about, Sam only further avoided her questions.
On the same night that Burke Devlin returned, Victoria Winters arrived in Collinsport to be the new governess at Collinwood. Over time, Maggie and Victoria form a friendship and Victoria seeks help from Maggie and Sam with the search for her identity. Maggie later makes her first visit to Collinwood and meets Elizabeth for the first time.
Maggie had admired Joe Haskell for many years. For a handful of episodes she was under Barnabas Collins' influence, and was kidnapped by him. Barnabas Collins saw her as the reincarnation of his beloved Josette. Her family searched for her fearing she could be dead. Barnabas tries unsuccessfully to brainwash Maggie to become Josette. With the help of Sarah Collins, Maggie escaped from Barnabas. After she is discovered by Sam, he takes her to be treated by Dr. Dave Woodard. To keep her protected, Dr. Woodard fakes her death and sends her to Windcliff Sanitarium for treatment by Julia Hoffman.
After Joe's breakup with Carolyn Stoddard, Joe and Maggie became engaged and received her father's blessing. However, Sam's death and the influence of Angelique caused a severe strain in their relationship and Joe eventually suffered a mental breakdown.
After Victoria Winters disappeared into the past for a second time, Elizabeth Collins Stoddard hired Maggie to be the new governess to her nephew David Collins and Amy Jennings.
Maggie later became involved with Nicholas Blair and nearly married him. Maggie was the object of Sebastian Shaw's affection when she suffered a nervous breakdown and was taken to Windcliffe to recover.
Following her release from Windcliff, the Collins Family gave her the Collinsport Inn to ensure her silence about what she had seen at Collinwood (The House of Despair).
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