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Maureen Stapleton (1925–2006)


Academy Award-winner Maureen Stapleton was born June 21, 1925 in Troy, New York, to Irene (née Walsh) and John P. Stapleton. Her family was of Irish descent. Maureen moved to New York City at the age of eighteen and did modeling to pay the bills. Already a Tony Award-winner, she made her Academy Award-nominated film debut in Lonelyhearts (1958) ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Reds
Reds Emma Goldman
(1981)
Interiors
Interiors Pearl
(1978)
Airport
Airport Inez Guerrero
(1970)
Cocoon
Cocoon Mary Luckett
(1985)

Filmography

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 2003 Living and Dining
Mrs. Lundt
 1998 Snow Cat (Short)
Voice of Grandma (voice)
 1998 Wilbur Falls
Wilbur Falls High Secretary
 1997 Addicted to Love
Nana
 1995 Avonlea (TV Series)
Maggie MacPhee
- What a Tangled Web We Weave (1995) ... Maggie MacPhee
 1994 The Last Good Time
Ida Cutler
 1994 Trading Mom
Mrs. Cavour
 1992 Lincoln (TV Movie)
Sarah Bush Lincoln (voice)
 1992 Miss Rose White (TV Movie)
Tanta Perla
 1992 Passed Away
Mary Scanlan
 1992 Last Wish (TV Movie)
Ida Rollin
 1989 The Equalizer (TV Series)
Emmy Rutherford
- The Caper (1989) ... Emmy Rutherford
 1989 B.L. Stryker (TV Series)
Auntie Sue
- Auntie Sue (1989) ... Auntie Sue
 1988 Cocoon: The Return
Marilyn 'Mary' Luckett
 1988 Liberace: Behind the Music (TV Movie)
Frances Liberace
 1988 Doin' Time on Planet Earth
Helium Balloon Saleslady
 1988 The Thorns (TV Series)
Peggy / Mrs. Hamilton
- The Other Maid (1988) ... Peggy / Mrs. Hamilton
- The Maid (1988) ... Peggy / Mrs. Hamilton
 1987 Nuts
Rose Kirk
 1987 Made in Heaven
Aunt Lisa
 1987 Sweet Lorraine
Lillian Garber
 1986 Heartburn
Vera
 1986 The Cosmic Eye
Mother Earth (voice)
 1986 The Money Pit
Estelle
 1985 Cocoon
Mary Luckett
 1985 Private Sessions (TV Movie)
Dr. Liz Bolger
 1984 Johnny Dangerously
Ma Kelly
 1984 Family Secrets (TV Movie)
Maggie Lukauer
 1984 Sentimental Journey (TV Movie)
Ruthie
 1983 Great Performances (TV Series)
White Queen
- Alice in Wonderland (1983) ... White Queen
 1982 Little Gloria... Happy at Last (TV Movie)
Nurse Emma Kieslich
 1982 The Electric Grandmother (TV Movie)
Grandmother
 1981 Reds
Emma Goldman
 1981 The Fan
Belle Goldman
 1981 On the Right Track
Mary the Bag Lady
 1979 The Gathering, Part II (TV Movie)
Kate Thornton
 1979 Letters from Frank (TV Movie)
Betty Miller
 1979 The Runner Stumbles
Mrs. Shandig
 1979 Lost and Found
Jemmy
 1978 Interiors
Pearl
 1977 The Gathering (TV Movie)
Kate
 1977 There's Always Room (TV Movie)
Madelyn Fairchild
 1976 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (TV Movie)
Big Mama
 1975 Queen of the Stardust Ballroom (TV Movie)
Bea Asher
 1974 Voyage to Next (Short)
Mother Earth (voice)
 1974 Tell Me Where It Hurts (TV Movie)
Connie
 1974 A Sunday Dinner (Short)
 1972 Dig (Short)
Mother (voice)
 1971 Plaza Suite
Karen Nash
 1971 Summer of '42
Hermie's Mother (voice, uncredited)
 1970 Airport
Inez Guerrero
 1969 Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall (TV Movie)
Ruthie Maxwell
 1969 Trilogy
Mary O'Meaghan (segment "Among the Paths to Eden")
 1967 Among the Paths to Eden (TV Movie)
Mary O'Meaghan
 1966 New York Television Theatre (TV Series)
Gertrude
- Save Me a Place at Forest Lawn (1966) ... Gertrude
 1964 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
Molly Cavanaugh
- One Drink at a Time (1964) ... Molly Cavanaugh
 1963 Bye Bye Birdie
Mama Mae Peterson
 1962 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
Professor Gretchen Anna Thaelman
- The Betrayal (1962) ... Professor Gretchen Anna Thaelman
 1961-1962 Naked City (TV Series)
Ruth Callan / Abilene Hutchinson Bick
- Ooftus Goofus (1961) ... Abilene Hutchinson Bick
 1962 A View from the Bridge
Beatrice Carbone
 1961 Car 54, Where Are You? (TV Series)
Gypsy Woman
- The Gypsy Curse (1961) ... Gypsy Woman
 1961 Play of the Week (TV Series)
 1960 The Fugitive Kind
Vee Talbot
 1960 CBS Repertoire Workshop (TV Series)
Tessie
- Tessie Malfitano and Anton Waldek (1960) ... Tessie
 1960 The Robert Herridge Theater (TV Series)
 1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Pilar
- For Whom the Bell Tolls: Part 2 (1959) ... Pilar
- For Whom the Bell Tolls: Part 1 (1959) ... Pilar
 1954-1958 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
Sadie Burke
- All the King's Men: Part 2 (1958) ... Sadie Burke
- All the King's Men: Part 1 (1958) ... Sadie Burke
 1958 All the King's Men (TV Movie)
Sadie Burke
 1958 Lonelyhearts
Fay Doyle
 1956 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Rachel Jackson
- Rachel (1956) ... Rachel Jackson
 1956 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Vi Miller
- No License to Kill (II) (1956) ... Vi Miller
 1955-1956 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Elizabeth Steigerwald
- H.R. 8438: The Story of a Lost Boy (1956) ... Mrs. Elizabeth Steigerwald
 1955 Justice (TV Series)
- Track of Fear (1955)
 1954-1955 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs. Johnson / Daughter
- Incident in July (1955) ... Mrs. Johnson
- The Mother (1954) ... Daughter
 1955 Star Tonight (TV Series)
- Gallant Lady (1955)
 1955 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Ethel
- O, Lonely Moon (1955) ... Ethel
 1954 Medic (TV Series)
Evelyn Strauss
- Day 10 (1954) ... Evelyn Strauss
 1953 Main Street to Broadway
Maureen Stapleton - First Nighter (uncredited)
 1953 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Accident (1953)
 1952 Curtain Call (TV Series)
- Carrie Marr (1952)
 1948 Actor's Studio (TV Series)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage Play: Norman, Is That You? Written by Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick. Scenic Design by William and Jean Eckart. Directed by George Abbott. Lyceum Theatre: 19 Mar 1970- 28 Mar 1970 (12 performances + 20 previews). Cast: Dorothy Emmerson (as "Mary"), Martin Huston (as "Norman Chambers") [final Broadway role], Lou Jacobi (as "Ben Chambers"), ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 8 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Height:

5' 3" (1.6 m)
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Personal Quote:

[when asked if she thought she was going to win an Oscar for Reds (1981)] Yes, because I'm old and tired and I lost three times before". See more »

Trivia:

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 ... See more »

Nickname:

Mo

Star Sign:

Cancer

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