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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: 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.


Mae Peterson: I got maybe one tenth a normal heart


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Maureen Stapleton Facts
She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.

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)).

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