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Catlett, Mary Jo 1938–

Catlett, Mary Jo 1938–

(Mari Jo Catlett)


Born September 2, 1938, in Denver, CO; daughter of Robert J. and Cornelia M. (maiden name, Callaghan) Catlett. Education: Loretto Heights College, B.S., drama and psychology, 1960. Religion: Roman Catholicism.


Agent—Innovative Artists, 1505 10th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401.




Actors' Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Screen Actors Guild, American Guild of Variety Artists.

Awards, Honors

Washington Drama Critics Award, 1974, for 27 Wagons Full of Cotton; Los Angeles Drama Critics Award, 1977, for Come Back, Little Sheba; Los Angeles Drama Critics Award, 1981, for Philadelphia, Here I Come!; Emmy Award nomination, 1990, for General Hospital; Annie Award nomination, outstanding individual achievement for voice acting by a female performer in an animated television production, International Animated Film Society, 2001, for SpongeBob SquarePants.


Television Appearances; Series:

Big Barb Bookman, Semi–Tough, ABC, 1980.

Stella Rinko, Foul Play, ABC, 1981.

Pearl Gallagher, Diff'rent Strokes, NBC, 1982–86.

Mary Finnegan, General Hospital, ABC, 1989–90.

Voices of Mrs. Poppy Puff and Mrs. SquarePants, SpongeBob SquarePants (animated; also known as SpongeBob and Spongeboy Squarepants), Nickelodeon, 1999—.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Soprano, How to Break Up a Happy Divorce, NBC, 1976.

Frances, Where the Ladies Go, ABC, 1980.

Marge, Gone Are the Dayes, The Disney Channel, 1984.

Mrs. Capello, Battling for Baby, CBS, 1992.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Scribe, "The Littlest Angel" (musical), Hallmark Hall of Fame, 1969.

The McLean Stevenson Show, NBC, 1975.

Woman, "The Mouse and the Motorcycle," The ABC Weekend Special (also known as ABC Weekend Specials), ABC, 1996.

(As Mari Jo Catlett) Beauty and the Beast: A Concert on Ice (also known as Disney's "Beauty and the Beast: A Concert on Ice"), CBS, 1996.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Elvira Roswell, "The Song," The Waltons, CBS, 1975.

Mrs. Englehart, "My Business Is Shrinking," The Bob Newhart Show, CBS, 1975.

Verna, "A Long Way from Times Square," Kojak, CBS, 1975.

Becky, "The More I See You," M*A*S*H (also known as MASH), CBS, 1976.

Nurse Walsh, "The Nurses," M*A*S*H (also known as MASH), CBS, 1976.

Terrible Tessie, "Omaha Tiger," Starsky and Hutch, ABC, 1976.

Dora, "The Mystery of the Whispering Walls," The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, ABC, 1977.

Fifi, "Starsky and Hutch Are Guilty," Starsky and Hutch, ABC, 1977.

Nurse, "Arthur's Crisis," Maude, CBS, 1977.

Carlotta Smith, "Bet a Million/Mr. Irresistible," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1978.

Hooligan Hanreddy, "The War Games/Queen of the Boston Bruisers," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1978.

Jim Nabors Show, syndicated, 1978.

Alice, "Swamp Molly," The Dukes of Hazzard, CBS, 1979.

Mrs. Fishbein, "Barbarino's Baby," Welcome Back, Kotter, ABC, 1979.

Betty, "Do or Diet," Gimme a Break!, NBC, 1981.

Mary Jo, "Keepin' the Faith," ALF, NBC, 1986.

Mrs. Metcalf, "The Corpse Flew First Class," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1987.

"Fat Cats," Mr. Belvedere, ABC, 1988.

Cynthia Dalbey, "This Old Man," Night Court, NBC, 1989.

Evelyn, "Dirty Politics," The Powers That Be, NBC, 1992.

Patty Kottwitz, "Ashes to Ashes," Drexell's Class (also known as Oh No, Not Drexell and Shut Up, Kids), Fox, 1992.

Mrs. Bluntly, "To Cheat or Not to Cheat," Saved by the Bell: The New Class, NBC, 1994.

Voice, "The Luck of the Irish," Extreme Ghostbusters (animated), syndicated, 1997.

Mother Alderman, "Can't Buy Me Love," The Blues Brothers Animated Series (animated), c. 1997.

Mary, "The Motorcycle," Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction (also known as Beyond Belief), Fox, 1998.

Herself, "Diff'rent Strokes," The E! True Hollywood Story (also known as "Diff'rent Strokes" : The E! True Hollywood Story and THS), E! Entertainment Television, 1998.

Hattie Rosenblatt, "Relief," Strong Medicine, Lifetime, 2001.

Mrs. Applebaum, "The Lying Game," That's So Raven (also known as Absolutely Psychic and That's So Raven!), Disney Channel, 2004.

Voice of witch, "Nursery Crimes/My Peeps," Grim & Evil (animated; also known as The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy), Cartoon Network, 2004.

Mrs. Applebaum, "They Work Hard for His Honey," That's So Raven (also known as Absolutely Psychic and That's So Raven!), Disney Channel, 2005.

Mrs. Applebaum, "When in Dome," That's So Raven (also known as Absolutely Psychic and That's So Raven!), Disney Channel, 2005.

Appeared in episodes of other series, such as Bobby's World (animated), Fox.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Sergeant Alice Pierson, Over and Out, NBC, 1976.

Major Charlotte Hinkley, Handle with Care, CBS, 1977.

Over My Dead Body, 1990.

Television Work; Series:

Additional voices, The Smurfs (animated; also known as Smurfs' Adventures), NBC, 1981–90.

Film Appearances:

(Uncredited) Woman in hotel lobby cheering honeymoon, Bananas, United Artists, 1971.

Bertha, Flush, 1977.

Earlene Emery, Semi–Tough, United Artists, 1977.

Josie, The Champ, United Artists, 1979.

Harriett Crabbe, Blood Beach, The Jerry Gross Organization, 1981.

Gloria, O'Hara's Wife, PSO International, 1982.

Mrs. Brinker, The Beach Girls, Crown International Pictures, 1982.

Rita, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (musical; also known as The Best Little Cathouse in Texas), Universal, 1982.

Rosemary Ackerman, Serial Mom, Savoy Pictures, 1994.

Mrs. Grant, Legend of the Mummy (also known as Bram Stoker's "Legend of the Mummy" and Bram Stoker's "The Mummy"), New City Releasing/Highlight Film, 1997.

Mrs. Langley, Do Me a Favor (also known as Trading Favors), Imperial Entertainment, 1997.

Etta, Abilene, Independent Artists, 1999.

Florence, Size 'Em Up (short film), 2001.

Nurse Winslow, Ablaze, New City Releasing, 2001.

Ruth, All You Need, PorchLight Releasing, 2001.

Sweet grandmother, Beethoven's 5th (also known as Beethoven's 5th: Big Paw), Universal, 2003.

Mrs. Elway, Anderson's Cross, Illumination Pictures, 2004.

Voice of Mrs. Poppy Puff, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (animated; also known as SpongeBob SquarePants), Paramount, 2004.

Mrs. Ellwood, The Benchwarmers, Sony Pictures Releasing, 2006.

Winnie Blythman, Surprise, Surprise, 2006.

Film Work:

Additional voices, Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (animated; also known as Disney's "Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World" and Pocahontas: Journey to a New World), Walt Disney Home Video, 1998.

Stage Appearances:

Rose McDougal, Along Came a Spider, Mermaid Theatre, New York City, 1963.

Ernestina, Hello, Dolly! (musical), St. James Theatre, New York City, between c. 1964–70.

Mother, Promenade, Promenade Theatre, New York City, 1966.

Housewife, parishioner, village girl, Duenna, Miller's wife, nun, and wife of Bath, The Canterbury Tales, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1969.

Deltazeta, Lysistrata, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1972.

Hazel Hughes, Josie, Lady Ffenger, Mrs. Callahan, Mrs. Daniel Webster Hepplewhite, and the Kaiser, Different Times (musical), American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA) Playhouse, New York City, 1972.

Fashion, off–Broadway production, New York City, 1973.

Something's Afoot (musical), Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam, CT, 1973.

Mabel, The Pajama Game (musical), Lunt–Fontanne Theatre, New York City, 1973–74.

Flora Meighan, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton (one–act play), Washington, DC, 1974.

Lola, Come Back, Little Sheba, Los Angeles, c. 1977.

Philadelphia, Here I Come!, Los Angeles, c. 1981.

Penny, Play Me a Country Song (musical), Virginia Theatre, New York City, 1982.

Emily Whitman, Follies (musical), Wadsworth Theatre, Los Angeles, 2002.

70, Girls, 70 (musical), City Center Encores!, City Center Theatre, New York City, 2006.

Appeared as Annie, Annie Get Your Gun (musical); as Gramma Briggs, Greenwillow (musical), Equity Library Theatre; and in Beauty and the Beast, Los Angeles. Appeared in other productions, including Bloomer Girl, Good News, and Hubba Hubba.

Major Tours:

Appeared in the first national touring company for Beauty and the Beast.


Video Games:

Voice of Mrs. Poppy Puff, "SpongeBob SquarePants" : Operation Krabby Patty, 2001.

Voice of Mrs. Poppy Puff, "SpongeBob SquarePants" : Battle for Bikini Bottom, THQ, Inc., 2003.


Expressing her concerns to CTFT, Mary Jo Catlett said, "I feel animal experimentation must be stopped." Favorite roles: Lola, Come Back, Little Sheba, and Annie, Annie Get Your Gun.

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