Maureen Stapleton (Performer) | Playbill

Maureen Stapleton

Performer

In film, she won an Oscar for playing anarchist Emma Goldman in "Reds." She was nominated for the prize for her first role, "Lonelyhearts," in 1958. Other credits include "Airport," "Interiors," "The Fugitive Kind," "Cocoon," "Nuts" and "Plaza Suite." Simon cited that she would have made more films if she would fly—a mode of transportation she always refused to use. A woman of many phobias, she also wouldn't ride in elevators, and lived in fear of being shot while performing onstage (leading to some very active performances).

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  • Born: Jun 20, 1925 in Troy, New York
  • Death: Mar 12, 2006 in Lenox, Massachusetts

Roles (26)

The Little Foxes Playbill - Opening Night, May 1981 The Little Foxes
Opened May 07, 1981
  • as Birdie Hubbard (Original)
Pb Listing Placeholder BROADWAY V4 V.I.P. Night on Broadway
Opened April 22, 1979
  • Performer
The Gin Game Playbill - Oct 1977 The Gin Game
Opened October 06, 1977
  • as Fonsia Dorsey (Replacement)
The Glass Menagerie Playbill - Dec 1975 The Glass Menagerie
Opened December 18, 1975
  • as The Mother (Original)
The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild Playbill - Nov 1972 The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild
Opened November 14, 1972
  • as Mildred Wild (Original)
The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild Playbill - Nov 1972
The Country Girl Playbill - Opening Night, March 1972 The Country Girl
Opened March 15, 1972
  • as Georgie Elgin (Original)
The Gingerbread Lady Playbill - Dec 1970 The Gingerbread Lady
Opened December 13, 1970
  • as Evy Meara (Original)
Norman, Is That You? Playbill - Feb 1970 Norman, Is That You?
Opened February 19, 1970
  • as Beatrice Chambers (Original)
Plaza Suite Playbill - Opening Night, Feb 1968 Plaza Suite
Opened February 14, 1968
  • as Karen Nash (Visitor From Mamaroneck) (Original)
  • as Muriel Tate (Visitor From Hollywood) (Original)
  • as Norma Hubley (Visitor From Forest Hills) (Original)
The Rose Tattoo Playbill - Nov 1966 The Rose Tattoo
Opened November 09, 1966
  • as Serafina Delle Rose (Original)
The Glass Menagerie Playbill - Opening Night, May 1965 The Glass Menagerie
Opened May 04, 1965
  • as The Mother (Original)
Toys in the Attic Playbill - March 1960 Toys in the Attic
Opened February 25, 1960
  • as Carrie Berniers (Original)
The Cold Wind and the Warm Playbill - Dec 1958 The Cold Wind and the Warm
Opened December 08, 1958
  • as Ida (Original)
Orpheus Descending Playbill - March 1957 Orpheus Descending
Opened March 21, 1957
  • as Lady Torrance (Original)
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Opened April 19, 1955
  • as Flora Meighan (Original)
King Richard III Playbill - Dec 1953 Richard III
Opened December 09, 1953
  • as Lady Anne (Daughter-in-law of Henry VI) (Original)
Pb Listing Placeholder BROADWAY V4 The Emperor's Clothes
Opened February 09, 1953
  • as Bella (Original)
The Crucible Playbill - March 1953 The Crucible
Opened January 22, 1953
  • as Elizabeth Proctor (Replacement)
The Rose Tattoo Playbill - Feb 1951 The Rose Tattoo
Opened February 03, 1951
  • as Serafina Delle Rose (Original)
The Bird Cage Playbill - Feb 1950 The Bird Cage
Opened February 22, 1950
  • as Emily Williams (Original)
Detective Story Playbill - April 1949 Detective Story
Opened March 23, 1949
  • as Miss Hatch (Original)
Antony and Cleopatra Playbill - Nov 1947 Antony and Cleopatra
Opened November 26, 1947
  • as Iras (Original)
The Playboy of the Western World Playbill - Nov 1946 The Playboy of the Western World
Opened October 26, 1946
  • as Sara Tansey (Original)
  • as Pegeen Mike (Replacement)

Awards

Drama Desk Award
1971 Outstanding Performance Winner
Theatre World Awards
1951 Theatre World Award Winner
Tony Award
1981 Best Featured Actress in a Play Nominee
1971 Best Actress in a Play Winner
1968 Best Actress in a Play Nominee
1960 Best Actress in a Play Nominee
1959 Best Actress in a Play Nominee
1951 Best Featured Actress in a Play Winner
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