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Mary Mae Ward was a fictional character on the ABC soap opera, General Hospital. She was the mother of the late, Bradley Ward, and the former mistress of the late, Edward Quartermaine.

The role was originated by Rosalind Cash in 1994.

Casting

The role of Mary Mae Ward was originated by Rosalind Cash (1938-95)[15] in 1994, who played her as a proud matriarch character who had triumphed over racism and tragedy.[16]

When Cash died of cancer in 1995, the Mary Mae Ward character was written out of the series, with an explanation of having died of a heart attack.

In 1996, Cash was posthumously nominated for an Emmy Award for Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.[17]

Storylines

Mary Mae lost her husband due to war at the age of 18.[18] Mary Mae took her cue from her late husband Buddy, who was a musician before the war and started making a living for herself as a blues singer in Virginia. While working one night, she met a navy man, Edward Quartermaine. They both related to one another but the music drew them together most.

They had a brief affair until Edward was shipped overseas but they kept in touch through letters. Mary Mae wrote him a letter and told him that she was pregnant and that she would raise his child on her own. She named the child Bradley.

Mary Mae married Dan Ward in 1946 and relocated to Port Charles with her family, not knowing that Edward lived in Long Island, New York. She and Dan had another son, David Ward, and a daughter, Idios.[19] She didn't see Edward again until July 1st, 1974 when she visited him at his apartment in Port Charles.

When her son came home looking shaken up, she knew what she had to do to save his life. She told Edward who she was and that their son was in danger because Jack Boland, one of Edward's business partners was working with mob boss, Frank Smith. Bradley had been causing trouble for the criminals.

Edward did all he could to keep Bradley safe but Jack murdered him in cold blood that very same night.[20] Jack left the scene and the gun in Bradley's hand leading Mary Mae to believed he'd committed suicide. She buried his body in the backyard of their home at 24 Royal Street in Port Charles. Mary Mae made Edward promise that the investigation into Bradley's death wouldn't destroy everything he'd worked so hard for.

Edward used his money and influence to stop the investigation which led to the rumor that he had murdered Bradley. In June 1994, after Bradley's body is discovered, Edward is put on trial forcing Mary Mae to tell everyone the truth, Edward and Bradley were father and son. Edward could have never put a gun to his own child's head. Edward is later acquitted of the charges.

Mary Mae Ward and the Pips (Justus, Lucky, Luke) performed at the 1995 Nurses' Ball

Mary Mae found herself singing the blues again when Lois Cerullo offered her a job at L&B records. Mary Mae was a hit at Luke's club where everyone went to listen to her beautiful voice. Mary Mae was adored by many in Port Charles. When she died in her sleep in January 1996, the whole town turned out to pay their respects to their beloved Mary Mae.


Health and Vitals

  • Had a minor heart attack [June 21, 1994]


Family tree

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Claudius
Courtnee
   
   
Mae
Courtnee
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Henry
Courtnee
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
unknown
   
   
Miriam
Courtnee
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Edward
Quartermaine
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Mary Mae
Courtnee
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Dan
Ward
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Bradley
Ward
   
   
Isobel
Ward
   
   
David
Ward
   
   
Margaret
Ward
   
   
Idios
Ward
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Justus
Ward
   
   
Faith
Ward
   
   
Roy
Ward
   
   
Keesha
Ward
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Maya
Ward

References

  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmTvh7z9WzA ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kzPT6RxcxM&feature=related
  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPH7QyIuyvg&feature=related
  3. Mary Mae was 18 in 1944 when she and Edward started sleeping together
  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jp7pyMDpGOM&feature=related
  5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uLIVmw16UI&feature=related ... Keesha says that her great-grandmother was Virginia Cummins, but doesn't explicitly say Virginia was Mary Mae's mother: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGeXTRu3xQc&feature=related
  6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8wZuM-PBSE
  7. Mary Mae met a sax player when she was 16 and married him 2 years later: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZJUJUOIeuw ... Mary Mae's first husband died in 1944, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFqYQtzD0NY
  8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFqYQtzD0NY
  9. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yYhzQ64vDE&feature=related ; Spelling came from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Mae_Ward#References
  10. Mary Mae states she has seven grandchildren, two by Bradley: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sPwLK_D4Cc&feature=related
  11. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmTvh7z9WzA
  12. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8wZuM-PBSE
  13. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmTvh7z9WzA
  14. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8wZuM-PBSE
  15. Gussow, Mel. "Rosalind Cash, 56, at Home on Stage and Screen", November 3, 1995, p. 22. Retrieved on August 28, 2012. 
  16. Rosalind Cash. Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved on July 13, 2011.
  17. Associated Press. "Emmy nominations for daytime announced", St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 6, 1996. Retrieved on May 2, 2016. 
  18. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPH7QyIuyvg&feature=related
  19. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFqYQtzD0NY
  20. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPH7QyIuyvg&feature=related

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Dan Ward (married to Mary Mae Courtnee)
Bradley Ward
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David Ward
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Idios Ward
Justus Ward
Faith Ward
Roy Ward
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