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.