Hermione Baddeley as Ms. Naugatuck
|the Findlay's live-in maid who drinks excessively and lies compulsively|
|Episodes appeared in:||45 in Seasons 3-5|
|Character played by:||Hermione Baddeley|
About Ms. Naugatuck
After the departure of previous housekeeper Florida Evans (Esther Rolle) in 1974, Mrs. Nell Naugatuck, an elderly (and vulgar) British woman who drinks excessively and lies compulsively, assumes the role of housekeeper. Unlike Florida, who commuted to work, Mrs. Naugatuck is a live-in maid. She meets and begins dating Bert Beasley (an elderly security guard at a cemetery, played by J. Pat O'Malley) in 1975.
Bert and Nell marry in 1977, and move to Ireland to care for Bert's mother. Mrs. Naugatuck's frequent sparring with Maude is, arguably, just as comedically popular as Florida's sparring. The difference in the two relationships was that Mrs. Naugatuck often seems to despise Maude Findlay, whereas Florida seems only periodically frustrated by her boss.
Norman Lear said the last name 'Naugatuck' was directly taken from the town of Naugatuck, Connecticut, which he found amusing. Due to the popularity of the program, Baddeley even visited the town in the late 1970s and was given a warm, official ceremony at the town green.