Actress Maxine Stuart passed away from natural causes at her Beverly Hills home on June 6. She was 94 years old.
Although Stuart was a veteran of the a stage and screen, she is perhaps best known for her performances in a number of popular soap operas. Her daytime drama credits include The Young and the Restless and The Edge of Night.
Restless creator William J. Bell told the Los Angeles Times in 1993 that he cast Maxine Stuart in his soap opera after catching her in an episode of the 90s sitcom Murphy Brown.
“She epitomized what I wanted — someone who brought a feistiness, a vitality and energy with her, who’s gregarious and fun-loving,” he said of the late actress.
Maxine Stuart, whose real name is Maxine Shlivek, was born on June 28, 1918. According to The Associated Press, she started her career in the entertainment industry by landing roles in the New York theater. She soon landed small parts in movies and television anthologies. Stuart also had a recurring role on the soap opera The Edge of Night.
The actress made the leap from New York to Los Angeles in the late 1950s. Shortly after arriving in the city, Maxine Stuart began landing roles in a number of television series. Included in her credits are such notable programs as Slattery’s People, Executive Suite, and Hearts Afire.
One of Stuart’s most famous roles came in the 1960s when she landed a gig on The Twilight Zone. The episode, entitled “Eye of the Beholder,” found the actress portraying a woman who undergoes a number of surgeries to appear “normal.” She appeared wrapped in bandages during the story.
Maxine Stuart received an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of a piano teacher in an episode of The Wonder Years. She also received a Soap Opera Digest award for her work on The Young and the Restless. Her small screen credits include Peyton Place,NYPD Blue, and Judging Amy.
Although Maxine Stuart may be gone, her fans will likely remember the actress for many years to come.
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