Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
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Lydia Susanna Hunt, better known by her stage name Linda Hunt, is an American actress. After making her film debut playing Mrs. Oxheart in Popeye, Hunt's breakthrough came playing the male character Billy Kwan in The Year of Living Dangerously, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, becoming the first person to win an Oscar portraying a character of the opposite sex, she has had great success in films such as The Bostonians, Silverado, Waiting for the Moon, She-Devil, Kindergarten Cop, If Looks Could Kill, Rain Without Thunder, Twenty Bucks and Younger, Prêt-à-Porter, The Relic, Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World, Yours Mine and Ours, Stranger than Fiction. Hunt has had a successful television career, she played Rose in the television movie Basements and narrated in the television movie The New Chimpanzees. She guest-starred on Hallmark Hall of Fame in both 1978 and 1987, Space Rangers in 1993, Carnivale in both 2003 and 2005, Without a Trace in 2008, The Unit in 2008, Nip Tuck in 2009.
From 1997 to 2002, Hunt played the recurring role of Judge Zoey Hiller on The Practice. She portrays Henrietta "Hetty" Lange on the CBS television series NCIS: Los Angeles, a role she has played since 2009, for which she has received two Teen Choice Awards, she is the narrator for the Greek era of the God of War video game franchise. Hunt was born on April 1945, in Morristown, New Jersey, her father, Raymond Davy Hunt, was vice president of Harper Fuel Oil. Her mother, Elsie Doying Hunt, was a piano teacher who taught at the Westport School of Music, performed with the Saugatuck Congregational Church Choir in Westport, where Hunt was raised, she has an older sister named Marcia. Hunt attended the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago, now part of DePaul University. Hunt's film debut in 1980 was in Robert Altman's musical comedy Popeye. Two years she co-starred as Billy Kwan in The Year of Living Dangerously, Peter Weir's film adaptation of the novel of the same name.
For her role as the male Chinese-Australian photographer Billy Kwan, Hunt won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1983, becoming the first person to win an Oscar for playing a character of the opposite sex. In addition, the character had the condition of dwarfism. In her screen test, Hunt wore a hairpiece, a fake moustache, "paste-on pieces above her eyes to Asian". To accomplish the role during production, Hunt shortened "her hair and dye it black wore padding around her waist, shaved her eyebrows, carried something in her shirt pocket." In her 1986 interview with the Bomb magazine, Hunt remarked that Billy Kwan "is supra-personal layers of sexual ambiguity"Hunt played a nurse in She-Devil and the austere school principal opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in Kindergarten Cop in 1990. Hunt played the assassin Ilsa Grunt in If Looks Could Kill opposite Richard Roger Rees. Hunt was a well-known stage actress before she entered television, she made her Broadway debut in a 1975 production of Ah, Wilderness.
She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her work in the 1984 play End of the World. She received two ensemble Obie Awards for her work Off-Broadway in Top Girls and A Metamorphosis in Miniature, she created the role of Aunt Dan in Wallace Shawn's play Lemon. She was a member of the Long Wharf Theatre Company in Connecticut. There she played the Player Queen among other roles, she portrayed Sister Aloysius in the Pasadena Playhouse production of John Patrick Shanley's play Doubt. She was praised for her performance as the title character in Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children. Hunt appeared as Pope Joan in Caryl Churchill's Top Girls when London's Royal Court Theatre's production was staged at the Public Theater in New York. In an interview with writer Craig Gholson and actor Vincent Caristi, Hunt discussed her experience acting in theatre, "Acting onstage is like an explosion each night, and what comes in at you all the time as you are trying to... create something, a tremendous act of organization and concentration.".
Her television appearances include recurring roles as Judge Zoey Hiller on David E. Kelley's series The Practice and as Dr. Claire Bryson on Without a Trace, she has narrated several installments of The American Experience on PBS. Since 2009, she has co-starred as Operations Manager Henrietta "Hetty" Lange, on the CBS show NCIS: Los Angeles with Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J, Daniela Ruah, Eric Christian Olsen, Miguel Ferrer and Barrett Foa. Hunt has a rich, resonant voice, which she has used in numerous documentaries and commercials, she is the on-air host for City Arts & Lectures, a radio program recorded by KQED public radio at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco, a program that presents interviews with celebrated writers and thinkers addressing contemporary ideas and values discussing the creative process. Hunt was chosen by Walt Disney Feature Animation to lend her enigmatic speaking and singing voice to Grandmother Willow in the animated musical film Pocahontas and its direct-to-video sequel Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World.
Her voice work includes the character of Management in Carnivàle, the narrator for the Greek era of the God of War series of video games, in which she voiced the Titan Gaia in 2007's God of War II. She narrated the
Mary Nell Steenburgen is an American actress and singer. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing the role of Lynda Dummar in Jonathan Demme's 1980 film Melvin and Howard. Steenburgen, who studied at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse in the 1970s received a Golden Globe nomination for the 1981 film Ragtime, a BAFTA TV Award nomination for the 1985 miniseries Tender is the Night and an Emmy Award nomination for the 1988 TV film The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank, her other film appearances include Cross Creek, Back to the Future Part III, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, The Brave One, Step Brothers, The Proposal, The Help. Steenburgen was born in Newport, Arkansas, to Nellie Mae, a school-board secretary, Maurice Hoffman Steenburgen, a freight-train conductor who worked at the Missouri Pacific Railroad, she has Nancy Kelly, a teacher. Her ancestry includes Dutch, English and Welsh. In 1971, she enrolled at Hendrix College to study drama.
She subsequently traveled to Dallas at the suggestion of her drama teacher where she auditioned for New York City's Neighborhood Playhouse. Steenburgen moved to Manhattan in 1972 after being selected by the Neighborhood Playhouse to study acting, she worked for Doubleday while studying under Will Esper. Steenburgen's break came when she was discovered by Jack Nicholson in the reception room of Paramount's New York office, was cast as the female lead in his second directorial work, the 1978 Western Goin' South. Steenburgen had a leading role in the 1979 film Time After Time as a modern woman who falls in love with author H. G. Wells, played by her future first husband, Malcolm McDowell. In her third film, she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 1980 film Melvin and Howard, playing Lynda Dummar, the wife of Melvin Dummar a trucker and aspiring singer, who claimed to have befriended reclusive eccentric Howard Hughes. Another notable film appearance came in the well-received 1983 film Cross Creek, in which she played Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling.
In 1985, she starred in the movie One Magic Christmas as a mother and wife who falls on devastating times at Christmas only to rely on a Christmas miracle to save her family. In 1989 she played the wife of Steve Martin's character in Parenthood. In Back to the Future Part III, Steenburgen played Clara Clayton, a school teacher who falls in love with Doc Brown, played by Christopher Lloyd, she was persuaded to play the role by her children, as well as by fans of the Back to the Future films, reprised the role by providing the character's voice in Back to the Future: The Animated Series. Other performances have been: in What's Eating Gilbert Grape, as a woman, having an affair with the title character, she has appeared in the comedy films Step Brothers, starring Will Ferrell, playing the mother of Ferrell's character. Dirty Girl, which features Steenburgen along with Juno Temple, Milla Jovovich and William H. Macy, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2010, she appeared in the critically acclaimed film The Help, starring alongside Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Bryce Dallas Howard, had a featured role as a lounge singer, the romantic interest in a love triangle, in the 2013 comedy Last Vegas.
She had a small part in the 2015 film A Walk in the Woods as Jeannie. In 2018, Steenburgen starred opposite Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen in the romantic comedy film Book Club. In television, Steenburgen appeared as Kate Montgomery in Ink with her husband, Ted Danson, co-starred with Danson as Mary Gulliver in Gulliver's Travels, she has a recurring role as herself with Danson in Curb Your Enthusiasm. Steenburgen co-starred as Helen Girardi, the mother of Amber Tamblyn's title character in Joan of Arcadia. In 2011, she had a recurring role as Josephine in the HBO sitcom Bored to Death with Danson again. Steenburgen starred as Anastasia Lee in the 2011 FX pilot, Outlaw Country, but it was passed by the network, she appeared on FX in the dark sitcom Wilfred from 2011 through 2013 as Catherine Newman, the title character's eccentric and mentally ill mother. Steenburgen had a recurring role on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock from 2012 to 2013 where she played Diana Jessup. In 2014, she began a recurring role as former Dixie Mafia boss Katherine Hale in the fifth and sixth seasons of Justified.
On June 13, 2014, it was announced that Steenburgen would have a recurring role as Delia in the Netflix crime comedy-drama Orange Is the New Black in the third season. From 2015 to 2018, she starred as Gail Klosterman on the comedy series The Last Man on Earth. After minor surgery on her arm, on April 17, 2007, which required a general anesthetic, Steenburgen developed a new passion for singing and songwriting, she by 2017 had composed more than 40 songs. She has collaborated with musicians from Nashville and was signed to Universal Music as a songwriter. In Last Vegas, Steenburgen plays a lounge singer and performs one of her original compositions on screen. In 1978, Steenburgen met and began dating actor Malcolm McDowell while both were co-starring in
Dianne Evelyn Wiest is an American actress. She has twice won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, for the Woody Allen films Hannah and Her Sisters and Bullets over Broadway, appeared in three other films by Allen, she received an Academy Award nomination for Parenthood, won a Golden Globe Award for Bullets over Broadway. Wiest's other film appearances include Footloose, The Lost Boys, Bright Lights, Big City, Edward Scissorhands, Little Man Tate, The Birdcage, Practical Magic, Dan in Real Life, New York, Rabbit Hole, Sisters, she won the 1997 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for Road to Avonlea, the 2008 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for In Treatment. Her other television credits include Law & Order, the CBS comedy series Life in Pieces. Wiest was born in Missouri, her mother, Anne Stewart, was a nurse. Her father, Bernard John Wiest, was a college dean and former psychiatric social worker for the U. S. Army.
Her mother was Scottish, from Auchtermuchty, while her father was an American of Croatian and German descent. They met in Algiers. Wiest has two brothers named Don, her original ambition was to be a ballet dancer, but she switched her goal to theater in her senior year at Nurnberg American High School. Wiest graduated from the University of Maryland in 1969 with a degree in Sciences. Wiest studied theater at the University of Maryland, leaving after her third term to tour with a Shakespearean troupe, she had a supporting role in a New York Shakespeare Festival production of Ashes. She acted at the Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, CT, playing the title role in Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, she was an understudy both off-Broadway and on Broadway, in Kurt Vonnegut's Happy Birthday, Wanda June in 1970. She made her Broadway debut in Robert Anderson's Solitaire/Double Solitaire, taking over in the role of the daughter in 1971, she landed a four-year job as a member of the Arena Stage in Washington, D.
C. in such roles as Emily in Our Town, Honey in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, leading roles in S. Ansky's The Dybbuk, Maxim Gorky's The Lower Depths and George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House, she toured the USSR with the Arena Stage. In 1976, Wiest attended the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference and starred in leading roles in Amlin Gray's Pirates and Christopher Durang's A History of the American Film. At Joe Papp's Public Theater she took over the lead in Ashes, played Cassandra in Agamemnon, directed by Andrei Şerban. In 1979, she originated the role of Agnes in Agnes of God in its first production in Waterford, Connecticut, she appeared in two plays by The Art of Dining. In the latter, Wiest's performance as the shy and awkward author Elizabeth Barrow Colt won three off-Broadway theater awards: an Obie Award, a Theatre World Award, the Clarence Derwent Award, given yearly for the most promising performance in New York theatre. On Broadway she appeared in Frankenstein, directed by Tom Moore, portrayed Desdemona in Othello opposite James Earl Jones and Christopher Plummer and co-starred with John Lithgow in Christopher Durang's romantic screwball comedy Beyond Therapy, directed by John Madden.
(She played opposite Lithgow again in the Herbert Ross film Footloose. During the 1980s, she performed in Hedda Gabler, directed by Lloyd Richards at Yale Repertory Theatre, in Harold Pinter's A Kind of Alaska, Lanford Wilson's Serenading Louie, Janusz Glowacki's Hunting Cockroaches; as Wiest became established as a film actress through her work in Woody Allen's films, she was less available for stage roles. However, she did appear onstage during the 1990s, in In the Summer House, Square One, Cynthia Ozick's The Shawl, Naomi Wallace's One Flea Spare. In 2003, she appeared with Marisa Tomei in Oscar Wilde's Salome. In 2005, she starred in Kathleen Tolan's Memory House, she starred in a production of Wendy Wasserstein's final play Third at Lincoln Center. Recent New York theater roles include performances as Arkadina in an off-Broadway revival of The Seagull and as Kate Keller in a Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's All My Sons, opposite John Lithgow, Patrick Wilson, Katie Holmes. In 2009, Wiest appeared in the National Memorial Day Concert on the Mall in Washington, D.
C. in a dialogue with Katie Holmes celebrating the life of an American veteran wounded in Iraq, José Pequeño. Wiest spent September 2010 as a visiting teacher at Columbia University's Graduate Acting Program, working with a group of 18 first-year MFA Acting students on selected plays by Anton Chekhov and Arthur Miller. In 2016 she took on the role of "Winnie" in The Yale Repertory Theatre's production of Samuel Beckett's, Happy Days, reprised the role for Theatre for a New Audience in downtown Brooklyn, NY, in the spring of 2017, her early screen roles include small roles in It's My Turn and I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can, both starring Jill Clayburgh in the lead roles. In 1984, she starred as the reverend's wife and Ariel's mother. Under Woody Allen's direction, Wiest won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Hannah and Her Sisters in 1987 and Bullets over Broadway in 1995, she appeared in three other Woody Allen films: The Purple Rose of Cairo, Radio Days and September. She followed her fi
Lorraine Bracco is an American actress. She is best known for her performances as Dr. Jennifer Melfi on the HBO series The Sopranos, as Karen Friedman Hill in the 1990 Martin Scorsese film Goodfellas, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Bracco was born in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn, she is Salvatore Bracco, Sr.. She has a sister, Elizabeth Bracco, brother, Salvatore, Jr, her mother was from Britain and met her father during World War II. Bracco grew up on Maxwell Drive in Westbury, on Long Island and graduated from Hicksville High School in 1972, her father was of Italian descent. Bracco is fluent in English and Italian. In 1974, Bracco moved to France, she lived there for about a decade. While still modeling, Bracco was approached by Marc Camoletti, who offered her a major role in the film adaptation of one of his plays, Duos sur canapé. Bracco did not imagine that she could be an actress and refused, she made the film, but found the experience "boring" and her performance "terrible".
She played supporting roles in two other French films "for the money". After a friend of hers had suggested that she might enjoy acting if she took some training, she took seminars with John Strasberg. Although she loved the lessons, she was still unsure of her talents. During the 1980s, she worked as a disc jockey for Radio Luxembourg, she appeared as Paul Guilfoyle's hostage in the first season Crime Story episode, "Hide and Go Thief". Her sister Elizabeth played a hostage in the series pilot. Italian director and novelist Lina Wertmüller gave Bracco a small part in the film Camorra. "She dressed me up like an Italian woman of no means. A street woman clad in disheveled clothes, hair unkempt and all that, threw me on the set, she was so creative. I mean, Lina accentuated my eyes with dark make-up, the way Sophia Loren used to appear in those epic roles in the'60s, and talk about talent. She's so perceptive. I mean, she's just fantastic, and yes, I learned a lot from her. She's a master of her profession, I've been blessed not only with her, but with so many masters," recounted Bracco to Daniel Simone during a 2007 interview.
The experience inspired Bracco to pursue acting. Her other films include Someone to Watch Over Me, Riding in Cars with Boys, The Basketball Diaries, Medicine Man, Radio Flyer, Hackers. Bracco was one of many actresses who were considered for the role of Catwoman/Selina Kyle in Tim Burton’s film Batman Returnsbut declined the role. Bracco got her big career break when she was offered the role of mobster-wife Karen Hill in Goodfellas, which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, she won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress. Bracco is the owner of Bracco Wines, in association with Straight-Up Brands LLC, her line of wines was featured on the Season 1 finale of Bravo's show Top Chef in 2006. She appeared as a guest judge for the show's two-episode finale and as a special judge on Top Chef: All Stars, in the episode titled "An Offer They Can't Refuse", which featured Italian cuisine.
Bracco appeared on a season 6 episode of Throwdown! with Bobby Flay, as a guest judge for the ravioli throwdown. During the audition process for The Sopranos, David Chase wanted Bracco to read for the lead female role of Carmela Soprano. However, Bracco was drawn to the part of psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi. Bracco felt enough about her ability and desire to play this part that she arranged a meeting with Chase and talked him into letting her have a chance as Dr. Melfi, it netted her three consecutive nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series at the Emmy Awards in 1999, 2000, 2001, at the Golden Globe awards for Best TV Actress in a Drama in 2000, 2001, 2002. She lost out at the Emmys in 1999 and 2001, at the Golden Globes in 2000 to her co-star Edie Falco, she was nominated again at the 2007 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, thus was pitted against her The Sopranos co-star Aida Turturro for the award. Beginning in 2016, Bracco had a recurring role as Toni on the Showtime comedy series Dice.
Bracco married Daniel Guerard in 1979. They have Margaux Guerard, she was in a 12-year relationship with actor Harvey Keitel. They have Stella Keitel. Bracco and Keitel fought a lengthy custody battle over Stella, resulting in Bracco's depression, a loss of acting roles, $2 million in legal fees, she married Edward James Olmos in 1994. Bracco is a practitioner of Shotokan Karate. In 2015, she authored a self help book, To the Fullest: The Clean Up Your Act Plan to Lose Weight, Be the Best You Can Be. On the Couch ISBN 0-399-15356-X To the Fullest: The Clean Up Your Act Plan to Lose Weight, Be the Best You Can Be ISBN 0399199608 List of celebrities who own wineries and vineyards Lorraine Bracco on IMDb Lorraine Bracco at the archive.org copy of the-sopranos.com New York Times interview IgoUgo interview
The Innocents (2016 film)
The Innocents known as Agnus Dei, is a 2016 French film directed by Anne Fontaine, which features Lou de Laâge, Agata Kulesza, Agata Buzek and Vincent Macaigne in its cast. The script is by Sabrina B. Karine, Pascal Bonitzer, Anne Fontaine and Alice Vial, after an original idea by Philippe Maynial. Maynial took inspiration from the experiences of his aunt, Madeleine Pauliac, a French Red Cross doctor who worked in Poland after World War II, dealing with the aftermath of mass rapes by Soviet soldiers. In Warsaw, December 1945, a nun known as Sister Maria approaches a young French female student doctor, Mathilde Beaulieu, serving with an army unit, she says there is not satisfied with a referral to the Red Cross. Beaulieu decides to go at night to the nun's convent; the Mother Superior tells her that the nun was thrown out by her family and was taken in out of charity. Beaulieu tells the Mother Superior. A novice nun at the convent is grieving the death of another nun. Confined to her cell, she engages in morning prayer.
The Abbess discloses to Beaulieu that several nuns at the convent were raped by Russian soldiers, relating that the experience was nightmarish, they wish to keep this a secret. Seven of the nuns are pregnant; some of the pregnant nuns are reluctant to be examined intimately by the doctor, believing this will violate their vow of chastity. One of the nuns confesses to Mother Superior that her faith has been shaken by these events. Soldiers come to the convent believing the nuns are harboring an enemy soldier. However, Beaulieu convinces them; the Mother Superior is badly shaken by the threat of the soldiers, thanks the doctor for her presence of mind. Beaulieu realizes; the Master of Novices tells the doctor. She relates how faith has become more difficult for her but it is the cross she bears; when Beaulieu returns to headquarters, her boss chastises her for having been away without leave. He says that the military is a place of discipline. At a visit at the convent, Beaulieu is present when another novice nun gives birth unexpectedly.
This nun had not realized she was pregnant, does not seem to know she has given birth. The Abbess had given orders that she be notified of all births, but Beaulieu requests that she not be notified immediately; the doctor needs to focus on care for the newborn. A different nun, Sister Zofia, takes responsibility for the child. Beaulieu asks the Master of Novices if she regrets her life as a nun; the novice replies, "Faith is 24 hours of doubt with one minute of hope", going on to describe her difficulties with the practice. Beaulieu returns to the army medical unit, discovers the unit is going to be transferred out of the area. Several nuns are about to give birth at once. Beaulieu returns to the convent with a male Jewish colleague, she assures the nuns. The doctor visits the baby; the Master of Novices plans to take the baby to the Zofia's family, but the baby is discovered by the abbess. The Abbess is upset that she was lied to and tells the Master of Novices that she has been corrupted by "that French woman", who has brought scandal and disorder to the convent.
The Master of Novices replies, "Forgive me, but scandal and disorder were here". The Mother Superior has been telling everyone that she takes the babies to families who have agreed to adopt, but she abandons this baby in front of a crucifix on a country walking path, after baptising it. Zofia is distraught; the Mother Superior prays that she have the courage to continue on the path she has chosen. Meanwhile, Sister Zofia commits suicide by jumping from an upper ledge, dying shortly after her wounded body is discovered; when the Master of Novices goes to Zofia's family to report her death, she discovers that Zofia's mother never knew Zofia had a child, nor that she has been caring for the baby. The Master of Novices decides to not tell the mother the truth; this is the Master of Novices' first realization that the Abbess has been dishonest about the fate of the babies. She confronts the Abbess demanding the truth, she says she entrusted the child to God, saying "Don't you believe in Providence?"
At the medical base, Beaulieu is getting ready to leave the area. The Master of Novices brings three babies to the base to protect them from the Abbess. Beaulieu first notices that many orphans living on the street have been helping personnel at the base from time to time, it occurs to her that the nuns could start raising many of these children and open an orphanage, thus avoiding questions about where the babies are coming from. One of the nuns decides to leave the convent and raise her own child, another decides to leave, but allow her baby to be raised by the nuns; the final scene is three months with a photographer at the convent taking pictures of the nuns and happy orphans. Lou de Laâge as Mathilde Beaulieu Agata Buzek as Sister Maria Agata Kulesza as Mother Superior Vincent Macaigne as Samuel Thomas Coumans as Gaspard Joanna Kulig as Sister Irena Katarzyna Dąbrowska as Sister Anna The film is a French-Polish-Belgian co-production, supported by the Polish Film Institute and the Film Commission Poland.
Principal photography began on 13 January 2015 in the Warmia region in Poland, lasted for seven weeks. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2016. In some countries the film is titled Agnus Dei. On review aggregator Rotten To
Lois Maureen Stapleton was an American actress in film and television. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Lonelyhearts and Interiors, before winning for her performance as Emma Goldman in Reds, she was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981. Stapleton made her Broadway debut in 1946 in The Playboy of the Western World, 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, she won an Emmy Award for the television film Among the Paths to Eden and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Reds. Her other film roles included Bye Bye Birdie, Plaza Suite, The Fan and The Money Pit. Stapleton was born in Troy, New York, the daughter of John P. Stapleton and Irene, grew up in a strict Irish American Catholic family, her father was her parents separated during her childhood. Stapleton moved to New York City at the age of eighteen, did modeling to pay the bills.
She once said that it was her infatuation with the handsome Hollywood actor Joel McCrea which led her into acting. She made her Broadway debut in the production featuring Burgess Meredith of The Playboy of the Western World in 1946; that same year, she played the role of Iras in Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" in a touring production by actress and producer Katharine Cornell. Stepping in because Anna Magnani refused the role due to her limited English, Stapleton won a Tony Award for her role in Tennessee Williams' The Rose Tattoo in 1951. Stapleton played in other Williams' productions, including Twenty-Seven Wagons Full of Cotton and Orpheus Descending, as well as Lillian Hellman's Toys in the Attic, she won a second Tony Award for Neil Simon's The Gingerbread Lady, written for her, in 1971. Broadway roles included "Birdie" in The Little Foxes opposite Elizabeth Taylor and as a replacement for Jessica Tandy in The Gin Game. Stapleton's film career, though limited, brought her immediate success, with her debut in Lonelyhearts earning a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
She appeared in the 1963 film version of Bye Bye Birdie, in the role of Mama Mae Peterson, with Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh, Paul Lynde and Ann-Margret. Stapleton played the role of Dick Van Dyke's mother though she was only five months and 22 days older than Van Dyke, she was nominated again for an Oscar for Woody Allen's Interiors. She won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Reds, directed by Warren Beatty, in which she portrayed the Lithuanian-born anarchist, Emma Goldman. In her acceptance speech, she stated "I would like to thank everyone I've met in my entire life."Stapleton won a 1968 Emmy Award for her performance in Among the Paths of Eden. She was nominated for the television version of All the King's Men, Queen of the Stardust Ballroom, The Gathering, her appearances included Johnny Dangerously and its sequel Cocoon: The Return. She was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981, she was an alumna of the famous Actors Studio in New York City, led by Lee Strasberg. She became friends with Marilyn Monroe, only one year younger than Stapleton.
She was impressed with Monroe's talent, always thought it was a shame that Monroe was allowed to play roles beyond the ditzy blonde. By comparison, Stapleton thought herself lucky: "I never had that problem. People looked at me on stage and said,'Jesus, that broad better be able to act.'" One of the most famously remembered scenes at the studio was when Stapleton and Monroe acted in Anna Christie together. She hosted the 19th episode of Season 4 of NBC's Saturday Night Live in 1979. Stapleton's first husband was Max Allentuck, general manager to the producer Kermit Bloomgarden, her second, playwright David Rayfiel, from whom she divorced in 1966, she had a son, a daughter, Katherine, by her first husband. Her daughter, Katherine Allentuck, garnered good reviews for her single movie role, that of "Aggie" in Summer of'42. Stapleton suffered from anxiety and alcoholism for many years and once told an interviewer, "The curtain came down and I went into the vodka." She said that her unhappy childhood contributed to her insecurities.
A lifelong heavy smoker, Stapleton died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in 2006 at her home in Lenox, Massachusetts. In 1981 Hudson Valley Community College in Stapleton's childhood city of Troy, New York, dedicated a theater in her name. Maureen was not related to All In the Family star Jean Stapleton. Maureen's biography, A Hell of a Life, was published by Simon & Schuster in 1995. In an interview about Monroe, she claimed that she was Catholic. Maureen Stapleton at the Internet Broadway Database Maureen Stapleton at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Maureen Stapleton on IMDb Maureen Stapleton at Find a Grave Maureen Stapleton at the University of Wisconsin's Actors Studio audio collection