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Maureen Stapleton
Birthday: June 21, 1925
Birth Place: Troy, New York, USA
Height: 5' 5"
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A highly respected character actress of stage, screen, and occasional television, Maureen Stapleton has specialized in playing slightly unkempt, earthy, and/or eccentric women in dramas and comedies. Born June 21, 1925, Stapleton grew up dreaming of becoming a thespian like her idol Joel McCrea, and she went on to work her way through the Herbert Berghof Acting School as a waitress and a model. She made her Broadway debut in Burgess Meredith's production of The Playboy of the Western World (1946) and found herself a Broadway sensation five years later when she starred in Tennessee Williams' The Rose Tattoo, which earned her a Tony Award. This led to a successful stage career in which Stapleton often appeared in Williams' plays.Stapleton made her feature film debut playing a deeply disturbed advice columnist in Lonelyhearts (1958), a role that won her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. Throughout her career she would receive two more Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominations, for her work in Airport (1970) and Woody Allen's first drama, Interiors (1978), before winning the award for playing Emma Goldman in Reds (1981). Stapleton continued to appear on the screen throughout the 1980s and 1990s, showing up in such films as Cocoon (1985), Heartburn (1986), and the black comedy Addicted to Love (1987). She also continued to act on television, her notable efforts ranging from the romantic drama Queen of the Stardust Ballroom (1975) to the highly acclaimed Miss Rose White in 1992.
Living and Dining (2003)
[ Grace Morley ]
Wilbur Falls (1998)
[ Sally Kirkland ]
Addicted to Love (1997)
[ Meg Ryan ][ Kelly Preston ][ Penny Ellington ]
Jack Lemmon: America's Everyman (1996)
My Universe Inside Out (1996)
Trading Mom (1994)
[ Sissy Spacek ][ Anna Chlumsky ][ Barbara Harris ]
The Last Good Time (1994)
[ Olivia D'Abo ]
Miss Rose White (1992)
[ Gina Gershon ][ Kyra Sedgwick ][ Amanda Plummer ]
Passed Away (1992)
[ Frances McDormand ][ Teri Polo ][ Nancy Travis ][ Sara Rue ][ Blair Brown ]
Last Wish (1992)
[ Patty Duke ]
Cocoon: The Return (1988)
[ Courteney Cox ][ Jessica Tandy ][ Linda Harrison ][ Tahnee Welch ]
Liberace: Behind the Music (1988)
[ Michelle Weweje ][ Macha Grenon ]
Doin' Time on Planet Earth (1988)
[ Kellie Martin ][ Andrea Thompson ][ Gloria Hendry ]
Sweet Lorraine (1987)
[ Edie Falco ][ Tamara Tunie ]
Nuts (1987)
Made in Heaven (1987)
[ Ellen Barkin ][ Debra Winger ][ Kelly McGillis ][ Amanda Plummer ][ Mary Regan ]
Heartburn (1986)
[ Meryl Streep ][ Natasha Lyonne ][ Stockard Channing ][ Catherine O'Hara ][ Mercedes Ruehl ]
The Cosmic Eye (1986)
The Money Pit (1986)
[ Shelly Long ][ Louise Robey ][ Tetcha Agbayami ][ Cindy Brooks ]
Cocoon (1985)
[ Jessica Tandy ][ Linda Harrison ][ Tahnee Welch ][ Barbara Harris ]
Private Sessions (1985)
[ Kelly McGillis ][ Wendie Malick ]
Johnny Dangerously (1984)
[ Denise Rutkowski ][ Glynnis O'Connor ]
Sentimental Journey (1984)
[ Jaclyn Smith ][ Cyd Charisse ]
Family Secrets (1984)
[ Melissa Gilbert ][ Stefanie Powers ]
Alice in Wonderland (1983)
[ Colleen Dewhurst ][ Eve Arden ][ Kate Burton ]
Little Gloria... Happy at Last (1982)
[ Betty Davis ][ Angela Lansbury ][ Glynis Johns ][ Dana Ivey ]
The Electric Grandmother (1982)
Reds (1981)
[ Diane Keaton ]
The Fan (1981)
[ Lauren Bacall ][ Dana Delaney ][ Anna Maria Horsford ]
On the Right Track (1981)
[ Jami Gertz ][ Lisa Eilbacher ]
Letters from Frank (1979)
[ Margaret Hamilton ][ Gail Strickland ][ Gilda Texter ]
Lost and Found (1979)
[ Lois Maxwell ][ Glenda Jackson ]
The Runner Stumbles (1979)
[ Kathleen Quinlan ]
The Gathering, Part II (1979)
[ Veronica Hamel ][ Gail Strickland ][ Rebecca Balding ]
Interiors (1978)
[ Diane Keaton ]
The Gathering (1977)
[ Stephanie Zimbalist ][ Veronica Hamel ][ Gail Strickland ][ Rebecca Balding ]
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1976)
[ Natalie Wood ]
Queen of the Stardust Ballroom (1975)
Tell Me Where It Hurts (1974)
[ Scottie MacGregor ]
Voyage to Next (1974)
Dig (1972)
Plaza Suite (1971)
[ Lee Grant ][ Louise Sorel ]
Summer of '42 (1971)
[ Jennifer O'Neill ]
Airport (1970)
[ Jaqueline Bisset ][ Jean Seberg ][ Marion Ross ][ Dana Wynter ]
Trilogy (1969)
Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall (1969)
[ Ziva Rodann ]
Among the Paths to Eden (1967)
Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
[ Ann-Margret ][ Janet Leigh ][ Kim Darby ]
Ooftus Goofus (1961)
Vu du pont (1961)
The Fugitive Kind (1959)
[ Joanne Woodward ][ Anna Magnani ]
For Whom the Bell Tolls: Part 1 (1959)
All the King's Men: Part 1 (1958)
All the King's Men (1958)
Lonelyhearts (1958)
[ Myrna Loy ]
Minding Our Own Business (1955)
The Mother (1954)
  • She did not travel by air or elevator. She traveled by rail across the country, and traveled by ship across the ocean, instead of by plane.
  • Received the Actors Studio Award in 1980 for her contributions to the theatre.
  • Inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame on April 5, 1981.
  • In 1981, Hudson Valley Community College in her hometown of Troy, New York, named their theatre after her.
  • Received a 1975 Grammy Award nomination in the Best Spoken Word category for her recording of "To Kill a Mockingbird".
  • Mother of two children by first husband, Max Allentuck: Daniel Allentuck and Katharine Bambery.
  • Took over the role of Rosa della Rosa because Anna Magnani (who was old enough to be her mother) didn't speak English well enough to essay the role on Broadway, so this young Irish Catholic from Troy played an Italian "Earth Mother" on Broadway to critical and popular acclaim!
  • In 1981, she became the tenth performer to win the Triple Crown of acting. Oscar: Best Supporting Actress, Reds (1981), Tony: Best Supporting Actress-Play, 'The Rose Tattoo' (1951), and Emmy: Best Actress-Drama, Among the Paths to Eden (1967) (TV).
  • She originated the role of Serafina in Tennessee Williams' "The Rose Tattoo" on Broadway in 1951 and Lady Torrance in Williams' "Orpheus Descending" in 1957. Both roles were played by Anna Magnani in the movie versions. Stapleton appeared in the film version of "Orpheus Descending", retitled The Fugitive Kind (1959), but in a supporting role.
  • Has won two Tony Awards: in 1951, as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for "The Rose Tattoo," and in 1971, as Best Actress (Dramatic) for "The Gingerbread Lady." She has also been nominated four other times: as Best Actress (Dramatic), in 1959 for "The Cold Wind and the Warm," in 1960 for "Toys in the Attic," and in 1968 for "Plaza Suite;" and in 1981, as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for "The Little Foxes."
  • Is the fourth of four consecutive winners of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar to have the initials "M.S.". The others are: Maggie Smith (California Suite (1978)), Meryl Streep (Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)) and Mary Steenburgen (Melvin and Howard (1980)).
  • Had a self-admitted drinking problem (her Irish-born father was a heavy drinker) and confessed that she would head for the vodka right after the curtain went down. Liquor was a fixture in her dressing room but claims she never appeared on stage drunk.
  • Once joined the Actors Studio, whose members included Marlon Brando who sometimes crashed in her one-room NY apartment.
  • Following her second divorce, she had a long affair with legendary Broadway fixture George Abbott that began when she was 43 and he was 81. It ended 10 years later when the director cheated on her with a younger woman.
  • Contrary to popular belief, she was not related to "All in the Family" star Jean Stapleton.
  • Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Actors Branch)

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