People we love: Maureen Stapleton

Lois Maureen Stapleton, June 21, 1925 – March 13, 2006

Born on this Day in 1925.

Actress Maureen Stapleton had a long career in theater, film and television. She made her Broadway debut in The Playboy of the Western World with Burgess Meredith in 1946. She won a Tony for her role in Tennessee Williams’ The Rose Tattoo in 1951.

Stapleton earned an Academy Award nomination for Lonelyhearts in 1958. She won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Reds in 1981. She also appeared in the film version of Bye Bye Birdie and was again nominated for an Oscar for Airport in 1970 and for Woody Allen’s Interiors in 1978.

She won an Emmy Award in 1968 for her performance in Among the Paths of Eden. She also received Emmy nominations for All the King’s Men in 1959, Queen of the Stardust Ballroom in 1975 and The Gathering in 1977.

Though often mistaken for sisters, Maureen Stapleton was no relation to Jean Stapleton of All in the Family fame.

She suffered from anxiety and alcoholism and once said “The curtain came down and I went into the vodka.” Stapleton died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in 2006 at the age of 80.

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