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Maureen Stapleton Overview:

Legendary character actress, Maureen Stapleton, was born Lois Maureen Stapleton on Jun 21, 1925 in Troy, NY. Stapleton died at the age of 80 on Mar 13, 2006 in Lenox, MA .

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Dumpy but dynamic Maureen Stapleton was equally successful at being lonely or companionable, snobbish or down-to-earth, aggressive or vulnerable. Despite motherly looks, she played a wide variety of roles from her 1946 Broadway debut onwards, making occasional but memorable forays into films. After being three times nominated for the best supporting actress Oscar (In Lonelyhearts, Airport, and Interiors) she finally won it for Reds.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Maureen Stapleton was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning one for Best Supporting Actress for Reds (as Emma Goldman) in 1981.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1958Best Supporting ActressLonelyhearts (1958)Fay DoyleNominated
1970Best Supporting ActressAirport (1970)Inez GuerreroNominated
1978Best Supporting ActressInteriors (1978)PearlNominated
1981Best Supporting ActressReds (1981)Emma GoldmanWon
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Stapleton was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame .

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Maureen Stapleton Quotes:

Adam White, nee Lassiter: Well, uh...
Fay Doyle: Well, say something nice to me.
[he remains quiet]
Fay Doyle: Goodbye kiss, maybe?
[he remains still]
Fay Doyle: You're not a very appreciative fellow. Love 'em and leave 'em, is that it?
Adam White, nee Lassiter: Mrs. Doyle, I didn't call you...
Fay Doyle: All right, what did you call me up for? Who are you kidding? Listen, you wanted a sad story, you heard a sad story! You also wanted some action!
Adam White, nee Lassiter: You're right.
Fay Doyle: You're damn right I'm right!


Mae Peterson: Could you move over one, please...?


Mae Peterson: [singing] Kids! Never once appreciate how I sacrificed. Working, slaving, scrimping, saving pennies... and livin' with your father!


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Maureen Stapleton Facts
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."

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.

In 1959 she became the first actor to receive an Oscar, Emmy and Tony nomination in the same year (for Lonelyhearts (1958), All the King's Men (1958) (TV) and "The Cold Wind and the Warm", respectively).

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