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Maureen Stapleton

Highest Rated:   94% Reds (1981)
Lowest Rated:   11% Passed Away (1992)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet All The King's Men
  • Actor
2015
83% Broadway: The Golden Age
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Dead Silence
  • Actor
1998
57% 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
11% 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
36% Cocoon: The Return
  • Mary Luckett
1988
No Score Yet Doin' Time on Planet Earth
  • Harriet
1988
38% Nuts
  • Rose Kirk
1987
No Score Yet Sweet Lorraine
  • Lillian Garber
1987
40% Made in Heaven
  • Aunt Lisa
1987
47% Heartburn
  • Vera
1986
No Score Yet The Cosmic Eye
  • Mother Earth
1986
47% The Money Pit
  • Estelle
1986
80% Cocoon
  • Mary Luckett
1985
No Score Yet Private Sessions
  • Actor
1985
47% 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
94% Reds
  • Emma Goldman
1981
38% 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
44% The Runner Stumbles
  • Mrs. Shandig
1979
No Score Yet Lost and Found
  • Jemmy
1979
77% 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
50% Plaza Suite
  • Karen Nash
1971
77% Summer of '42
  • Hermie's Mother
1971
80% Airport
  • Inez Guerrero
1970
No Score Yet Trilogy
  • Actor
1968
92% Bye Bye Birdie
  • Mrs. Peterson
1963
No Score Yet A View from the Bridge
  • Beatrice Carbone
1962
60% The Fugitive Kind
  • Vee Talbot
1960
No Score Yet Lonelyhearts
  • Fay Doyle
1958

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • The White Queen
  • 1983
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 1979
No Score Yet Avonlea
1990-1996
  • Actor

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