Maureen Stapleton

Actor, Model, Waitress
Although not consider a beauty, Maureen Stapleton has become a star of stage, screen and television in a career that has spanned some forty years and is noted for her strong, earthy portrayals of somewhat unstable women ... Read more »
Born: 06/21/1925 in Troy, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (62)

The Lives of Lillian Hellman 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Wilbur Falls 1998 (Movie)

Guidance Counselor (Actor)

Addicted to Love 1997 (Movie)

Nana (Actor)

Avonlea 1989 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

P.T. Barnum: America's Greatest Showman 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

The Last Good Time 1995 (Movie)

Ida Cutler (Actor)

Trading Mom 1994 (Movie)

Mrs Cavour (Actor)

Lincoln 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

Passed Away 1992 (Movie)

Mary Scanlan (Actor)

Street Scenes: New York on Film 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Auntie Sue 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Cocoon: the Return 1988 (Movie)

Mary Luckett (Actor)

Doin' Time on Planet Earth 1988 (Movie)

Harriet (Actor)

Hello Actors Studio 1988 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Natalie Wood 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Thorns 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Made in Heaven 1987 (Movie)

Aunt Lisa (Actor)

Nuts 1987 (Movie)

Rose Kirk (Actor)

Sweet Lorraine 1987 (Movie)

Lillian (Actor)

Heartburn 1986 (Movie)

Vera (Actor)

The Money Pit 1986 (Movie)

Estelle (Actor)

Cocoon 1985 (Movie)

Mary Luckett (Actor)

Sentimental Journey 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Secrets 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Johnny Dangerously 1984 (Movie)

Mrs Kelly (Actor)

The Cosmic Eye 1984 (Movie)

(Voice)

America and Lewis Hine 1983 (Movie)

of Margaret Byington (Voice)

Montgomery Clift 1981 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

On the Right Track 1981 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

Reds 1981 (Movie)

Emma Goldman (Actor)

The Fan 1980 (Movie)

Belle Goldman (Actor)

The Gathering, Part II 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Lost and Found 1979 (Movie)

Jemmy (Actor)

Arthur Miller on Home Ground 1978 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Interiors 1978 (Movie)

Pearl (Actor)

The Gathering 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Runner Stumbles 1978 (Movie)

Mrs Shandig (Actor)

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

There's Always Room 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Plaza Suite 1971 (Movie)

Karen Nash (Actor)

Airport 1970 (Movie)

Inez Guerrero (Actor)

Trilogy 1969 (Movie)

Mary O'Meaghan (Actor)

Bye Bye Birdie 1963 (Movie)

Mama Peterson (Actor)

Car 54, Where Are You? 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

A View From the Bridge 1961 (Movie)

Beatrice (Actor)

The Fugitive Kind 1960 (Movie)

Vee Talbott (Actor)

Lonelyhearts 1958 (Movie)

Fay Doyle (Actor)

Old Knickerbocker Music Hall 1948 - 1949 (TV Show)

Actor

The Times Square Story 1948 - 1949 (TV Show)

Actor

Last Wish (TV Show)

Actor

Letters From Frank (TV Show)

Actor

Liberace: Behind the Music (TV Show)

Actor

Miss Rose White (TV Show)

Actor

Private Sessions (TV Show)

Actor

Sentimental Journey (Movie)

(Actor)

Tell Me Where It Hurts (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Although not consider a beauty, Maureen Stapleton has become a star of stage, screen and television in a career that has spanned some forty years and is noted for her strong, earthy portrayals of somewhat unstable women that have earned her critical praise and accolades.

Relationships

George Abbott Play Author

Companion
together c. 1968-78 born in 1887 died in 1995

Max Allentuck

Husband
married July 22, 1949 divorced in February 1959 born c. 1911 died on October 22, 1995

Daniel Allentuck

Son
born in 1950 father, Max Allentuck

Katherine Bambery

Daughter
born in 1954 father, Max Allentuck

David Rayfiel Screenplay

Husband
Married in July 1963 divorced in 1966

John Stapleton

Father
alcoholic died c. 1960

Irene Stapleton

Mother
died in 1970

EDUCATION

Siena College

Loudonville , New York 1943

Herbert Berghof Studio

New York , New York 1944
studied with Herbert Berghof; school is now called HB Studio

Actors Studio

New York , New York

Milestones

1997

Played Meg Ryan's Nana in the comedy "Addicted to Love"

1995

Published memoirs, "A Hell of a Life", co-written with Jane Scovill

1988

Reprised role for "Cocoon: The Return"

1985

Part of an ensemble in Ron Howard’s sci-fi feature "Cocoon"

1984

Played Ma Kelly in Amy Heckerling’s "Johnny Dangerously"

1981

Portrayed anarchist-writer Emma Goldman in Warren Beatty's "Reds"

1981

Last Broadway performance to date, Birdie in the revival of "The Little Foxes" starring Elizabeth Taylor

1981

Inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame (April)

1978

Succeeded Jessica Tandy on Broadway in "The Gin Game"

1978

Won acclaim for her performance in Woody Allen's "Interiors"

1975

Received a Grammy nomination in the Best Spoken Word for her recording of "To Kill a Mockingbird"

1974

Played the title role in the acclaimed TV-movie "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom"

1970

Recreated one of her stage roles in feature version of "Plaza Suite"

1969

Starred in Neil Simon's play "The Gingerbread Lady"

1969

Received a nomination for her supporting role in George Seaton’s "Airport"

1968

First collaboration with Neil Simon, "Plaza Suite"; played three roles

1966

Recreated her role in revival of "The Rose Tattoo"

1965

First played Amanda Wingfield in Williams' The Glass Menagerie"

1960

Co-starred with Anna Magnani, Marlon Brando and Joanne Woodward in Sidney Lumet's "The Fugutive Kind", the film adaptation of Williams' "Orpheus Descending"

1959

Feature film debut, "Lonelyhearts"; earned first Oscar nomination

1957

Played Lady Torrance in Williams' "Orpheus Descending"

1955

Appeared in off-Broadway production of Williams' play "Twenty-Seven Wagons Full of Cotton"

1952

TV debut as panelist on series, "What Happened?"

1951

First starring role on Broadway in Tennessee Williams' "The Rose Tattoo"

1946

Broadway debut in "Playboy of the Western World"

1944

First TV appearance, "H.R. 8438: The Story of a Lost Boy" on "Armstrong Circle Theater" (NBC)

1942

Moved to New York and worked as model and waitress while attending classes at Herbert Berghof Studios

Bonus Trivia

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She received the National Institute of Arts and Letters Award in 1969.

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The theater at the Hudson Valely Community Coolege in Troy, NY is named in honor of Stapleton.

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