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Soap Opera Actress Maxine Stuart Dies

Soap Opera Actress Maxine Stuart DiesSoap Opera Actress Maxine Stuart Dies

Maxine Stuart -- who had regular roles on the soap operas The Young and the Restless and The Edge of Night and also appeared in many film and stage roles -- has died at age 94.

Stuart died of natural causes on June 6 at her Beverly Hills home, her daughter, Chris Ann Maxwell, told the Los Angeles Times.

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She began her career in the New York theater and appeared on the big screen in some movies, including Private Benjamin in 1980. But Stuart was best known for her TV work, which in addition to her work on soaps also included guest appearances on shows such as NYPD Blue, Chicago Hope, Peyton Place and Judging Amy.

According to the Times, her real name was Maxine Shlivek and she was born on June 28, 1918, in Deal, N.J. Her first husband was character actor Frank Maxwell, whom she divorced in 1963. She married writer David Shaw in 1974 and he died in 2007.

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