appeared on the Colony stage as Aunt Queenie in Bell Book and Candle.
Television audiences may remember her from Diff ’rent Strokes as Pearl
Gallagher, Mary Finnigan on General
Hospital (for which she received an Emmy nomination), Glee, The Bob Newhart Show, Gimme A Break,
Saved By The Bell, M*A*S*H, That’s So Raven, and Cold Case. She is also the voice
of Mrs. Puff on SpongeBob
Her Broadway credits include the original cast of Hello, Dolly! (Ernestina), the
musical Canterbury Tales, Play Me A
Country Song, Lysistrata, Promenade, Different Times, and The Pajama Game.
Regionally she has worked at the Goodspeed Opera House in The Boy Friend, Good News, Something’s
Afoot (original), and Bloomer
She received the Washington Theatre Critics Award for her work in Twenty Seven Wagons Full of Cotton and
locally garnered two Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards for her
performances in Come Back, Little
Sheba and Philadelphia, Here
I Come. Her recent stage appearances include Beauty and the Beast, The Full Monty, Deaf
West’s production of Big River,
and several variations of Nunsense.
Films include Semi-Tough, Serial
Mom, The Champ, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Bench Warmers.
She loves puns and, having received an electronic reader for her
birthday, she rehearses and reads novels equipped with “Bell, Book and