Mamie on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS was a beloved fan favorite, but as she hasn’t been seen in many years, we’re here to offer you a brief refresher on her life in Genoa City. The character debuted on Y&R in 1980 and was played by Marguerite Ray until 1989. Veronica Redd took over in 1990 and portrayed Mamie until her final appearance in 2004.
Mamie Johnson was the Abbott family’s housekeeper for many years, but she also acted as a surrogate mother to John Abbott‘s three oldest children, Jack Abbott, Ashley Abbott, and Traci Abbott, since their real mother, Dina Mergeron, had divorced John and left the family to move to Paris. When John married the younger Jill Abbott, Mamie didn’t like her and was a constant thorn in her side as she interfered with Jill’s various schemes.
Mamie also took in her teenage niece, Drucilla Barber, when she ran away from home and was also close with her other niece, Olivia Barber. After John suffered a stroke, Mamie nursed him back to health and confessed her love. John returned her feelings but then fell into a coma. When Jill found out, she fired Mamie and gave her millions of dollars to leave town. When John recovered, he stayed with Jill for the sake of their son, and a heartbroken Mamie took the money and left town with Trent Jordan.
Years later, Mamie returned to Genoa City and offered to use her money to help John get the family business out of debt. He declined her generous offer, but invited Mamie back into the home where she stayed on and helped out with raising kids like Colleen Carlton, Kyle Abbott, and Abby Newman, just as she had with John’s on children. And while she would occasionally cook meals, she sat with the Abbotts as a guest, not a servant.
In 2004, Mamie left to travel the world, and has not been seen since, though she has been mentioned, and sent flowers for Colleen’s funeral in 2010.