Life and career
Catlett was born in Denver, Colorado, the daughter of Cornelia M. (née Callaghan) and Robert J. Catlett. She is best known for her role as housekeeper Pearl Gallagher on Diff'rent Strokes.
Catlett appeared on General Hospital and in several episodes of M*A*S*H. She currently provides the voice for Mrs. Puff on SpongeBob SquarePants. She also provided the voice for Cousin Larry's mother on Kim Possible. She was also well known, prior to her role on Diff'rent Strokes, for the commercials she did for Black Flag and their pest control products, particularly the roach motel line.
Her many television guest roles include appearances on episodes of That's So Raven and Glee. She played wrestler Terrible Tessie in the first season Starsky & Hutch episode "The Omaha Tiger", and Cousin Alice, the slow-witted but well-meaning relation of an old acquaintance of the Duke family in the first season The Dukes of Hazzard episode "Swamp Molly". Catlett had a voice role on the "American Dream Factory" episode of American Dad!. Catlett appeared in such feature films as Serial Mom, The Benchwarmers and Beethoven's 5th. She has recently appeared in an episode of 2 Broke Girls with other veteran character actresses.