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Maureen Stapleton ACTOR


Maureen Stapleton was born on June 21st, 1925 in Troy, New York with the birth name Lois Maureen Stapleton, born to Irene and John P. Stapleton.  Her parents divorced when she was a young girl and at the age of eighteen she relocated to live in New York City.
Her career in entertainment began as a working model and in 1946 she made her Broadway debut in, "The Playboy of the Western World".  Soon other theatrical roles followed such as, "Antony and Cleopatra" and "The Rose Tattoo" (1951), a role for which she received a Tony Award for and later it was made into a film earning her an Oscar for her performance.    

Other highly successful stage roles she added to her resume included, "Twenty Seven Wagons Full of Cotton", "The Gingerbread Lady", "The Little Foxes" and "The Gin Game". 

Along with stage work she also worked as a film actress appearing in, "Lonelyhearts" (1958), "Bye Bye Birdie" (1963) starring Ann Margret, Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh and Bobby Rydell, "Airport" (1970) with an all-star cast consisting of Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Helen Hayes, Van Heflin, George Kennedy, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean Seberg, Lloyd Nolan, Barbara Hale, Marion Ross, Gary Collins, Barry Nelson and Dana Wynter, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" starring Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Jack Carson, Burl Ives and Judith Anderson, "Interiors" (1978) starring Geraldine Page, Diane Keaton, Mary Beth Hurt, E.G. Marshall, Richard Jordan and Sam Waterston, "Reds" (1981) directed, produced and stared in by Warren Beatty as well as featuring Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Gene Hackman, Edward Herrmann and Paul Sorvino, "Johnny Dangerously" (1984) starring Michael Keaton, Joe Piscopo, Marilu Henner, Peter Boyle, Griffin Dunne, Dom DeLuise, Danny DeVito, Dick Butkus and Alan Hale Jr., "Cocoon" (1985) starring Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Jack Gilford, Steve Guttenberg, Jessica Tandy, Gwen Verdon, Herta Ware, Tahnee Welch and Linda Harrison and "Cocoon: The Return" (1988) with this film sharing the almost identical cast as the prequel.
In addition to stage and film work she also worked on such television versions of the plays, "All the King's Men" (1959), "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom" (1975) and "The Gathering" (1977).

Television itself became another venue which Maureen used as a catalyst for her career appearing in such shows as "Medic", "Playhouse 90", "Naked City" and "Kraft Theatre" to name a few.  
She received a number of honors during her time involved with he entertainment industry such as receiving the Actors Studio Award in 1980 for her contribution to theatre as well as being inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981.  She also won the Triple Crown of acting in 1981 and a Best Supporting Actress Award for her role in, "Reds" (1981) as well as an Emmy for Best Actress: Drama in the television movie, "Among the Paths to Eden" (1967).    

Maureen Stapleton married twice throughout her lifetime, first to Max Allentuck in 1949 and they had two children before the marriage came to an end in 1959.  She then married her second husband, David Rayfiel in 1963 however by 1966, this marriage also came to an end.  She did not re-marry for a third time and on March 13th, 2006 she passed away in Lenox, Massachusetts from chronic pulmonary disease.

2003   Living and Dining

1998   Wilbur Falls 
1997   Addicted to Love 

1996   My Universe Inside Out

1995   Avonlea 
1994   Trading Mom

1994   The Last Good Time

1992   Lincoln
1992   Miss Rose White

1992   Passed Away

1992   Last Wish
1989   The Equalizer 

1989   B.L. Stryker 

1988   Cocoon: The Return
1988   Liberace: Behind the Music

1988   The Thorns 

1988   Doin' Time on Planet Earth
1987   Nuts

1987   Made in Heaven

1987   Sweet Lorraine
1986   Heartburn

1986   The Cosmic Eye

1986   The Money Pit
1985   Cocoon

1985   Private Sessions 

1984   Johnny Dangerously
1984   Family Secrets

1984   Sentimental Journey

1983   Great Performances
1982   Little Gloria... Happy at Last

1982   The Electric Grandmother

1981   Reds
1981   The Fan

1981   On the Right Track

1979   The Gathering, Part II
1979   Letters from Frank

1979   The Runner Stumbles

1979   Lost and Found
1978   Interiors

1977   The Gathering

1976   Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 
1975   Queen of the Stardust Ballroom

1974   Voyage to Next

1974   Tell Me Where It Hurts
1972   Dig

1971   Plaza Suite

1970   Airport
1969   Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall

1969   Trilogy

1967   Among the Paths to Eden
1966   New York Television Theatre

1964   East Side/West Side

1963   Bye Bye Birdie 
1962   The DuPont Show of the Week

1961-1962  Naked City 

1962   Vu du pont
1961   Car 54, Where Are You?

1961   Play of the Week

1960   CBS Repertoire Workshop
1960   The Robert Herridge Theater

1959   The Fugitive Kind 

1959   Playhouse 90
1958   Kraft Theatre 

1958   Lonelyhearts 

1956   Studio One in Hollywood 
1956   The Alcoa Hour 

1955-1956  Armstrong Circle Theatre

1955   Justice  
1954-1955  The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse 

1955   Star Tonight 

1954   Medic 

1953   Goodyear Playhouse

1952   Curtain Call
1948   Actor's Studio 

Matinee Classics - Bye Bye Birdie starring Janet Leigh, Dick Van Dyke, Ann Margret, Paul Lynde, Maureen Stapleton, Robert Paige, Bobby Rydell and Ed Sullivan
Matinee Classics - The Fan starring Lauren Bacall, James Garner, Maureen Stapleton, Michael Biehn, Hector Elizondo, Anna Maria Horsford, Kurt Johnson, Feiga Martinez, Reed Jones, Kaiulani Lee, Charles Blackwell, Dwight Schultz, Dana Delany, Terence Marinan and Lesley Rogers

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