Mary Jo Catlett
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Mary Jo Catlett
|Mrs. Puff in SpongeBob SquarePants|
Mary Jo Catlett (born September 2, 1938) is an American actress and comedian. She has been a main cast member on the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants since its debut, providing the voice of Mrs. Puff. She is also known for originating the role of Ernestina in the 1964 Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! and for playing Pearl Gallagher, the third housekeeper on Diff'rent Strokes.
Catlett began her career as a theater actress in Off-Broadway and Broadway musicals. Since the late 1960s, Catlett has appeared in television shows such as M*A*S*H, The Waltons, The Bob Newhart Show, The Dukes of Hazzard, and General Hospital. She received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination at the 1990 ceremony for her work in the latter. She also received an Annie Award nomination in 2001 for her voice-over work as Mrs. Puff.
Early life and education
In 1974, Catlett originated the role of Mrs. Tiffany in Fashion: or, Life in New York. Her performance was well-received; The New York Times' theater critic Clive Barnes called Catlett and co-star Henrietta Valor "exceptional ... both particular delights," and Jerry Tallmer of the New York Post said that the play's casting was "top-notch, with particular praise from this quarter for Mary Jo Catlett." Catlett would reprise her role in the 1994 revival of Fashion.
Catlett appeared on General Hospital (for which she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award) and in several episodes of the television sitcom M*A*S*H. She provides the voice of Mrs. Puff in the animated TV series SpongeBob SquarePants, as well as the SpongeBob SquarePants movies. In 2002, she was nominated for The Annie Award for Best Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Production for SpongeBob SquarePants.
|1969||The Littlest Angel||Scribe #1||Part of the Hallmark Hall of Fame anthology series|
|1971||Bananas||Woman in Hotel Lobby Cheering Honeymoon||Uncredited|
|1975||The Bob Newhart Show||Mrs. Engleheart|
|The Waltons||Elvira Roswell|
|1976||How to Break Up a Happy Divorce||Soprano|
|Police Woman||Car Rental Clark||Television series|
|1976–1978||M*A*S*H||Becky/Nurse Walsh||3 episodes|
|1978||Fantasy Island||Hooligan Hanreddy/Carlotta Smith||4 episodes|
|1979||Welcome Back, Kotter||Myrna Fishbein||1 episode|
|Dukes of Hazzard||Cousin Alice||1 episode|
|1981||Foul Play||Stella Finkle|
|1981–1989||The Smurfs||Additional voices||Unknown episodes|
|1982||The Beach Girls||Mrs. Brinker|
|The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas||Rita|
|1982–1986||Diff'rent Strokes||Pearl Gallagher||Unknown episodes|
|1987||Murder, She Wrote||Mrs. Metcalf||1 episode|
|1986||Alf||Mary Jo||1 episode|
|1989–1990||General Hospital||Mary Finnegan||Unknown episodes|
|1994||Serial Mom||Rosemary Ackerman|
|1996||Quack Pack||The Claw's mother (voice)|
|1998||Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction||mom||1 segment|
|1999||Rugrats||Doreen (voice)||1 episode|
|1999–present||SpongeBob SquarePants||Mrs. Puff (voice)||Unknown episodes|
|2004||The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy||Witch (voice)||1 episode|
|Lloyd in Space||Mrs. Horton (voice)|
|The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie||Mrs. Puff (voice)|
|2004–2005||That's So Raven||Mrs. Applebaum||4 episodes|
|2006||The Benchwarmers||Mrs. Ellwood|
|2007||State of Mind||Mrs. DelVecchio||1 episode|
|Kim Possible||Aunt June (voice)|
|American Dad!||Store On (voice)|
|2009||Days of Our Lives||Bev|
|Cold Case||Betty Joe Henders '09|
|Surprise Surprise||Winnie Blythman||LGBT film based on the earlier play by the same name|
|2010||Glee||Mrs. Carlisle||1 episode|
|2011||2 Broke Girls||Elaine|
|2012||Shake It Up!||Elderly Woman|
|Desperate Housewives||Debi Brown|
|Did You Look for Work This Week||Trixie|
|2013||The Mentalist||Ruth||1 episode|
|Mr. Box Office||Gertrude|
|Modern Family||Edith||Episode: "Goodnight Gracie"|
|Rizzoli & Isles||Bunny||1 episode|
|2014||Instant Mom||Mrs. Sharp|
|Let's Be Cops||Elderly Lady|
|2015||The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water||Mrs. Puff|
|The McCarthys||Mrs. Murphy||1 episode|
|2016||When the Moon Was Twice as Big||Elsie|
|Bajillion Dollar Propertie$||Ethel Simmons||1 episode|
|2017||Trial and Error||The East Peck Hall of Record's Clerk||Episode: "The Right-Hand Man"|
|Billy Dilley's Super-Duper Subterranean Summer||Aunt Agnes (voice)||Episode: "Billy/Willie"|
|2020||The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run||Mrs. Puff (voice)||In production|
|2015||Buzzr TV||David Ruprecht's Grandma||Commercial Voice|
|1974||Fashion||Mrs. Tiffany, Evelyn|
|1969||Canterbury Tales||Housewife, Village Girl and Parishioner|
|1972||Different Times||Hazel Hughes and child|
|1973-1974||The Pajama Game||Mabel|||
|1991||Lend Me a Tenor||Julia|||
|1994||Beauty and the Beast||Madame de la Grande Bouche|
|1998||The Music Man||Eulalie Shinn|||
|2011||The Wedding Singer||Rosie|||
- "Mary Jo Catlett". Retrieved January 22, 2013.
- Miller, Ron (June 28, 1990). "Emmy Drama". Chicago Tribune.
- Staff (2001). "29th Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (2001)". Annie Award. ASIFA-Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
- Mary Jo Catlett profile, FilmReference.com.com; accessed April 17, 2016.
- Barnes, Clive (February 19, 1974). "Stage: Vintage Musical". The New York Times.
- Tallmer, Jerry (February 19, 1974). In the Female Fashion. New York Post.
- Davis, Brandon (January 23, 2019). "'SpongeBob SquarePants 3' Begins Production". Comicbook. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
- Nichols, David (July 14, 2011). "Theater review: 'The Wedding Singer' at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center". Los Angeles Times.