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Best known as housekeeper Pearl Gallagher on the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, actress Mary Jo Catlett got her start on the stage, appearing in numerous musicals like Hello Dolly! and Promenade. Moving from the stage to the screen, the comedienne paid her dues in show business during the '70s, appearing on everything from Fantasy Island to The Smurfs. After playing Pearl for four years between 1982 and 1986, Catlett got right back into the habit, wracking up a massive list of appearances throughout the '80s, '90s, and 2000s, even taking on the recurring role of Mrs. Poppy Puff on the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants.

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