A versatile actress whose TV credits go back to the early days of the medium has died. The Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker reports that Maxine Stuart, who also appeared on stage and in film, died Thursday, June 6, 2013, of natural causes. She was 94.
Stuart appeared on soap operas including "The Edge of Night" and “General Hospital,” and had a string of guest roles on television going back to the anthology shows of the early 1950s, including “Lux Video Theatre,” “Goodyear Playhouse” and “G.E. True Theater.” She also appeared in classic comedies, including “Get Smart,” “The Donna Reed Show” and “That Girl.”
She remained active into the 2000s, with her later TV roles including guest spots on “Judging Amy,” “Family Law,” “Chicago Hope” and “NYPD Blue.”
In 1960, she was cast in an episode of "The Twilight Zone’ called "Eye of the Beholder," in which she played a woman wrapped in bandages who was undergoing her 11th surgery to change her appearance. Stuart played the part until the wrappings were removed, and then Donna Douglas, known for playing Elly May Clampett on "The Beverly Hillbillies," was revealed.
Stuart received an Emmy nomination in 1989 for her role as a piano teacher in "The Wonder Years." Other parts during her prolific career included appearances on "Murphy Brown,” “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law,” “Cagney & Lacey” and many others.
In 1993, she joined the CBS soap opera "The Young and the Restless." “She epitomized what I wanted — someone who brought a feistiness, a vitality and energy with her, who’s gregarious and fun-loving,” William J. Bell, the show’s co-creator, told the Times.
Stuart’s film roles included “Days of Wine and Roses” in 1962, “Fun With Dick and Jane” in 1977 and “Time Share” in 2000.