Maureen Stapleton received numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and two Tony Awards, in addition to a nomination for a Grammy Award.
25 Facts About Maureen Stapleton
Maureen Stapleton was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Lonelyhearts, Airport, and Interiors, before winning for her performance as Emma Goldman in Reds.
For Reds, Stapleton won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
Maureen Stapleton was nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, winning for Airport.
Maureen Stapleton was nominated for seven Emmy Awards and won one for the television film Among the Paths to Eden.
Maureen Stapleton made her Broadway debut in 1946 in The Playboy of the Western World, and went on to win the 1951 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for The Rose Tattoo and the 1971 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for The Gingerbread Lady.
Maureen Stapleton received four additional Tony Award nominations and was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981.
Maureen Stapleton was "almost an EGOT," having won the Triple Crown of Acting, every major performing award except a Grammy, for which she was nominated in 1975.
Maureen Stapleton's father was an alcoholic and her parents separated during her childhood.
Maureen Stapleton moved to New York City at the age of 18, and worked as a salesgirl, hotel clerk, and modeled to pay the bills, including for artist Raphael Soyer.
Maureen Stapleton once said that it was her infatuation with the handsome Hollywood actor Joel McCrea which led her into acting.
Maureen Stapleton made her Broadway debut in the production featuring Burgess Meredith of The Playboy of the Western World in 1946.
Maureen Stapleton played in other Williams' productions, including Twenty-Seven Wagons Full of Cotton and Orpheus Descending, as well as in The Cold Wind and the Warm and Lillian Hellman's Toys in the Attic, for which she received another Tony Award nomination.
Maureen Stapleton was nominated for a Tony Award for Neil Simon's Plaza Suite in 1968 and won a second Tony Award for Simon's The Gingerbread Lady, which was written especially for her, in 1971.
Maureen Stapleton was nominated again for an Oscar for Airport and Woody Allen's Interiors.
Maureen Stapleton won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Reds, directed by Warren Beatty, in which she portrayed the Lithuanian-born anarchist, Emma Goldman.
Maureen Stapleton appeared opposite Laurence Olivier and Natalie Wood in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
Maureen Stapleton was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981.
Maureen Stapleton was an alumna of the famous Actors Studio in New York City, led by Lee Strasberg, where she became friends with Marilyn Monroe, who was only one year younger than Stapleton.
Maureen Stapleton was impressed with Monroe's talent, and always thought it was a shame that Monroe was rarely allowed to play roles beyond the ditzy blonde.
Maureen Stapleton appeared with Rostova and another of Rostova's pupils, Montgomery Clift, Off-Broadway in The Sea Gull.
Maureen Stapleton was nominated for a 1975 Grammy Award for the spoken word recording of To Kill a Mockingbird.
Maureen Stapleton hosted the 19th episode of Season 4 of NBC's Saturday Night Live in 1979.
Maureen Stapleton had a son, Daniel, and a daughter, Katherine, by her first husband.
Maureen Stapleton was not related through her father to All In the Family star Jean Stapleton.