Maureen Stapleton

Maureen Stapleton

Highest Rated: 90% Reds (1981)

Lowest Rated: 10% Passed Away (1992)

Birthday: Jun 21, 1925

Birthplace: Not Available

A highly respected character actress of stage, screen, and occasional television, Maureen Stapleton has specialized in playing slightly unkempt, earthy, and/or eccentric women in dramas and comedies. Born June 21, 1925, Stapleton grew up dreaming of becoming a thespian like her idol Joel McCrea, and she went on to work her way through the Herbert Berghof Acting School as a waitress and a model. She made her Broadway debut in Burgess Meredith's production of The Playboy of the Western World (1946) and found herself a Broadway sensation five years later when she starred in Tennessee Williams' The Rose Tattoo, which earned her a Tony Award. This led to a successful stage career in which Stapleton often appeared in Williams' plays.Stapleton made her feature film debut playing a deeply disturbed advice columnist in Lonelyhearts (1958), a role that won her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. Throughout her career she would receive two more Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominations, for her work in Airport (1970) and Woody Allen's first drama, Interiors (1978), before winning the award for playing Emma Goldman in Reds (1981). Stapleton continued to appear on the screen throughout the 1980s and 1990s, showing up in such films as Cocoon (1985), Heartburn (1986), and the black comedy Addicted to Love (1987). She also continued to act on television, her notable efforts ranging from the romantic drama Queen of the Stardust Ballroom (1975) to the highly acclaimed Miss Rose White in 1992.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet All The King's Men Actor 2015
83% Broadway: The Golden Age Actor 2004
No Score Yet Dead Silence Actor 1998
56% Addicted to Love Nana 1997
89% The Last Good Time Ida Cutler 1995
38% Trading Mom Mrs. Cavour 1994
No Score Yet Miss Rose White Tanta Perla 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Pivotal Year, 1863 Sarah Bush Lincoln 1992
No Score Yet Last Wish Ida 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Making of a President, 1860-1862 Sarah Bush Lincoln 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: Now He Belongs to the Ages, 1865 Sarah Bush Lincoln 1992
10% Passed Away Mary 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: I Want to Finish This Job, 1864 Sarah Bush Lincoln 1992
No Score Yet Liberace: Behind the Music Frances Liberace 1988
33% Cocoon: The Return Mary Luckett 1988
No Score Yet Doin' Time on Planet Earth Harriet 1988
35% Nuts Rose Kirk 1987
No Score Yet Sweet Lorraine Lillian Garber 1987
50% Made in Heaven Aunt Lisa 1987
47% Heartburn Vera 1986
No Score Yet The Cosmic Eye Mother Earth 1986
45% The Money Pit Estelle 1986
77% Cocoon Mary Luckett 1985
No Score Yet Private Sessions Actor 1985
44% Johnny Dangerously Ma Kelly 1984
No Score Yet Little Gloria...Happy at Last Actor 1984
No Score Yet Family Secrets Maggie Lukauer 1984
No Score Yet America and Lewis Hine Narrator 1984
No Score Yet Electric Grandmother Actor 1982
No Score Yet Little Gloria: Happy at Last Actor 1982
90% Reds Emma Goldman 1981
40% The Fan Belle Goldman 1981
No Score Yet On the Right Track Mary the Bag Lady 1981
No Score Yet Arthur Miller on Home Ground Actor 1979
55% The Runner Stumbles Mrs. Shandig 1979
No Score Yet Lost and Found Jemmy 1979
79% Interiors Pearl 1978
No Score Yet The Gathering Kate Thornton 1977
No Score Yet Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Actor 1976
80% Queen of the Stardust Ballroom Bea Asher 1975
No Score Yet Tell Me Where It Hurts Actor 1974
63% Plaza Suite Karen Nash 1971
77% Summer of '42 Hermie's Mother 1971
73% Airport Inez Guerrero 1970
No Score Yet Trilogy Actor 1968
89% Bye Bye Birdie Mrs. Peterson 1963
No Score Yet A View from the Bridge Beatrice Carbone 1962
54% The Fugitive Kind Vee Talbot 1960
No Score Yet Lonelyhearts Fay Doyle 1958


No Score Yet The Equalizer
No Score Yet Great Performances
The White Queen 1983
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Host Guest 1979
No Score Yet Avonlea


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