Stapleton, Maureen,1925–2006, American actress, b. Troy, N.Y., as Lois Maureen Stapleton. Stapleton's first major stage success was in The Rose Tattoo (1951; Tony Award, Best Featured Actress). Best-known for intelligent character roles, she appeared on Broadway in Orpheus Descending (1957), Toys in the Attic (1960), The Gingerbread Lady (1970; Tony Award, Best Actress), and The Country Girl (1973). Her films include A View from the Bridge (1962), Plaza Suite (1972), Reds (1981; Academy Award, Best Supporting Actress), Cocoon (1985), and Nuts (1988).
See her autobiography (1995, with J. Scovell).