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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:

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


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


Fay Doyle: Whatever you say Pat.
Pat Doyle: [mockingly] 'Whatever you say Pat.' You drive me crazy Fay! Just plain nuts!
Fay Doyle: Whatever you say Pat.


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Maureen Stapleton Facts
Received a 1975 Grammy Award nomination in the Best Spoken Word category for her recording of "To Kill a Mockingbird".

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 1963 she appeared in "Bye Bye Birdie" as Dick Van Dyke's mother. In fact, she was born the same year as Van Dyke.

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