Maureen Stapleton Biography
Maureen Stapleton was an American actress of films, television and theatre. Her acting as Emma Goldman, an anarchist in the epic film ‘Reds’ earned her an Oscar for best supporting actress. ‘The Playboy of the Western World’ was her debut performance for Broadway productions. She won her first Tony Award for portraying the character of Serafina, an Italian-American widow in the play ‘The Rose Tattoo’. Her performance in ‘Plaza Suite’ established her as a serious actress. After performing in plays like ’27 Wagons Full of Cotton’ and ‘Orpheus Descending’, she acted in successful films like ‘Lonelyhearts’. This film marks her outstanding performance as a deceitful man eater. She also won several prestigious awards for her realistic acting in the film 'Reds'. Films like ‘Interiors’ earned her wide acknowledgement as a versatile actress. Besides portraying the role of an aged woman in the film ‘Cocoon’, she left a mark in television world by acting in television series like ‘ Last Wish’. Apart from that, she also appeared in television series ‘Playhouse 90' and 'Medic'. In 1981, she was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame. She published her autobiography "A Hell of a Life" in 1995. The film ‘Living and Dining’ was her last film.