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Maureen Stapleton dead at 80

by Richard Keller, posted Mar 14th 2006 8:03AM

Maureen StapletonWe learned on Monday about the passing of actress Maureen Stapleton from chronic pulmonary disease. She was 80.

While Ms. Stapleton was known foremost for her award-winning career in both film (Reds) and theater (The Rose Tattoo, The Gingerbread Lady), she also gained critical acclaim for a number of projects on the small-screen. During the 1950s and early 1960s, she appeared in a number of television plays on such shows as Playhouse 90 and Studio One. In 1968, she won an Emmy for her role in the drama Among the Paths to Eden, where she portrayed a spinster who strikes up a conversation with a widower at a graveyard. She followed with another Emmy in 1975 for the television movie Queen of the Stardust Ballroom, where she portrayed a middle-aged widow who learns how to live again at the Stardust Ballroom.

Ms. Stapleton's last television role was in 1995 on the show, Road to Avonlea.

More information on Ms. Stapleton's career in both television and film can be found at IMDb.

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K. A. Eichacker

Miss Stapleton was a superior actress, and a hell of a human being. I wrote her a fan letter a few years ago, and she was kind enough to send me a postcard in return. She was a great broad, and will be greatly missed!

April 21 2006 at 4:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eric De La Cruz

Who can forget Ms. Stapleton's role in the original Airport movie? She was an outstanding actress.

March 14 2006 at 10:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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