Maree Cheatham

Maree Cheatham (also credited as Marie Cheatham, born June 2, 1940)[1] is an American actress, who is known for her performances on the daytime soap operas Days of Our Lives (1965–68, 1970–71, 1973, 1994, 1996, 2010), Search for Tomorrow and General Hospital, as well as for her role as Nona on the Nickelodeon comedy series Sam & Cat (2013–14). She has also worked in many feature films, including Soul Man (1986), A Night at the Roxbury (1998), Hanging Up (2000), Labor Pains (2009) and Letters to God (2010).

Maree Cheatham
Born (1940-06-02) June 2, 1940 (age 80)
Other namesMarie Cheatham
Years active1964–present

Life and careerEdit

Cheatham was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She graduated from Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas in 1958.[2] She was an original cast member of the daytime serial Days of Our Lives, in which she played the role of Marie Horton, who was the show's very first heroine. Horton has several traumatic relationships before going into a convent to become a nun.

After leaving Days of Our Lives in 1973, she moved to New York, where in 1974 she originated the role of the sarcastic and vampy Stephanie Wilkins on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow. She was replaced on that soap opera in early 1984 by actress and writer Louise Shaffer. In 1987, she became a regular cast member of General Hospital as Lucy Coe's wacky and fun-loving Aunt Charlene Simpson. When Gloria Monty returned as a producer in 1991, Cheatham was one of many cast members let go, but in 1998 Cheatham returned to the role with a brief appearance on the General Hospital spin-off Port Charles.

During the last two seasons of Knots Landing, she played the role of the scheming Mary Robeson, a blackmailer who became the victim in a murder mystery.

Cheatham has returned to Days of Our Lives on several occasions to reprise the role of Marie Horton, as a doctor and no longer a nun. She returned twice in 1994 and 2010 for tribute to actors that died — MacDonald Carey and Frances Reid, respectively. Her character also attended one of Bo and Hope's many remarriages.

Cheatham played the role of Mona on the soap opera Passions in 2002.

She has also made many guest appearances in TV series such as Gunsmoke, Cagney and Lacey, Quantum Leap, The Nanny, Dharma & Greg, Profiler, Judging Amy, Scrubs, The West Wing, Monk, Cold Case and Desperate Housewives. She has also appeared in movies such as Beetlejuice, Rumor Has It..., Mr. & Mrs. Smith, America's Sweethearts, and a notable cameo in The Wedding Singer, in which she innocently asked Billy Idol what the mile high club was.

Personal LifeEdit

She was once married to Bill Arvin, but it ended in divorce in 1974. In 1998, she married singer and songwriter Robert Staron (aka Bobbo Staron).[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Soul Man Dorothy Watson
1988 Beetlejuice Sarah Dean
1988 Dangerous Curves Mrs. Brooks
1998 A Night at the Roxbury Mabel Sanderson
1998 The Wedding Singer Nice Lady on Plane
1999 Lost & Found Mrs. Millstone
1999 The Bachelor Mona Arden
2000 Hanging Up Angie
2004 The Affair Charlene
2006 The Last Time Gladys
2008 Broken Angel Mrs. Kraus
2009 Stellina Blue Clare
2009 Crossing Over Judge Freeman
2009 Labor Pains Ann
2009 Protection Mrs. Shapiro Short
2010 Letters to God Olivia
20?? Model Home Mrs. Kakanian Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1965–68, 1970–71, 1973, 1994, 1996, 2010 Days of Our Lives Marie Horton Regular role
1969 The Outcasts Cora "And Then There Was One"
1970 Gunsmoke Abigail Hartly "McCabe"
1971 The F.B.I. Miss Evans "Center of Peril"
1971 Bearcats! Jessica Adams "Assault on San Saba"
1972 Hawaii Five-O Amy Carter "R & R & R"
1974 Indict and Convict Barbara Mathews TV film
1977 Search for Tomorrow Stephanie Wilkins Contract role
1980–1984 Search for Tomorrow Stephanie Wyatt Contract role
1986 Cagney & Lacey Mrs. Delicath "A Safe Place"
1987 Hunter Cynthia Jane Bartlett "Double Exposure"
1987 CBS Schoolbreak Special Mrs. George "Juvi"
1987–91, 1997 General Hospital Charlene Simpson TV series
1988 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Janine "Rock 'n' Roll Mom"
1989 CBS Summer Playhouse Ilene Patterson "B-Men"
1990 Columbo Mrs. Rowe "Columbo Goes to College"
1991 Quantum Leap Margaret Twilly "Play Ball"
1992 Rachel Gunn, R.N. Amy Proctor "I Dream of Squidhead"
1992 Empty Nest Audrey "Sayonara"
1992–93 Knots Landing Mary Robeson Recurring role
1994 The Nanny Emma Trusdale "The Show Must Go On"
1995 Acapulco Bay Victoria "1.1", "1.2", "1.3"
1996 The Jeff Foxworthy Show Molly "The Gift"
1997 Conan Yantona "Ransom"
1997 The Journey of Allen Strange Irma Stephenson "Space"
1997 Profiler Judge Paramen "Second Best"
1998 George and Leo Lorna "The Nine Wives of Leo Wagonman"
1998 Profiler Judge Paramen "The Root of All Evil"
1998 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Nanny / Maggie "The Red Eyed Creature"
1998 Perfect Prey Mrs. Leary TV film
1998 Promised Land Thelma Wicker "Chasin' the Blues"
1998 Caroline in the City Dorothy Baxter "Caroline and the Big Night"
1998 Like Father, Like Santa Ms. Fischer TV film
1999 Port Charles Charlene Simpson TV series
2001 Just Ask My Children Corene Oliver TV film
2001 Comedy Central Thanxgiveaway: Home Fires Evelyn Gordon TV film
2002 Judging Amy Betty "Boston Terriers from France"
2002 Point of Origin Gabby Finn TV film
2002 Passions Mona 3 episodes
2002 Scrubs Mrs. Warner "My Case Study"
2003 The West Wing Gov. Wade "Disaster Relief"
2004 Monk Edna Coruthers "Mr. Monk and the Employee of the Month"
2004 Comedy Central Laughs for Life Telethon 2004 Sen. Langman TV film
2005 Desperate Housewives Ceal "Color and Light"
2005 Cold Case Nancy Walsh "A Perfect Day"
2007 Boston Legal Georgina Babineaux "Angel of Death"
2007 In Case of Emergency Elizabeth Yablonsky "The Good, the Bad and the Mob", "Disorder in the Court"
2007 'Til Death Mrs. Wallach "Performance Anxiety"
2007 Rules of Engagement Mrs. Fulford "Fix-Ups & Downs"
2009 Ghost Whisperer Myrna Cooperton "This Joint's Haunted"
2009 Saving Grace Susan "She's a Lump"
2010 Outlaw Dr. Seitz "In Re: Jessica Davis"
2011 Dexter Unnamed Docent "The Angel of Death"
2012 GCB Boofie Marfeson "Hell Hath No Fury"
2012 Hot in Cleveland Mrs. Filsinger "Rubber Ball"
2012 Free Agents Mrs. Claymore "Nice Guys Finish at Some Point"
2013–14 Sam & Cat Nona Recurring role
2013–15 Hart of Dixie Bettie Breeland Recurring role
2015 The Millers Mrs. Mueller "Highway to the Manger Zone"
2016 The Haves and the Have Nots Pearl Recurring role (season 4)
2016 Mistresses Stephanie "Back to the Start"
2016–17 Baskets Maggie 7 episodes
2017 A Moving Romance Midge TV film
2019 Bizaardvark Joyce Episode: "Eye of the Duckworth"


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  3. ^ "Maree Cheatham Biography (1942-)". Retrieved 3 October 2018.

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