Person Details

Birthday: 1923-01-19 15:40:04

Death: 2013-05-31 15:40:04

Aliases: No known aliases

Gender: Female

Place of birth: Manhattan, New York, US

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Movie Involvements: 21

TV Involvements: 2


Most Famous Work

Biography

Jean Stapleton was born Jeanne Murray in Manhattan, New York City, to Marie A. (Stapleton), an opera singer, and Joseph Edward Murray, a billboard advertising salesman. Her paternal grandparents were Irish. She was a cousin of actress Betty Jane Watson. Other relatives in show business were her uncle, Joseph E. Deming, a vaudevillian; and her brother Jack Stapleton, a stage actor. She graduated from Wadleigh High School, NYC, in 1939, and attended Hunter College. She worked as a secretary before becoming an actress. Stapleton made her stage debut at the Greenwood Playhouse, Peaks Island, Maine, in the summer of 1941, and her New York stage debut in "The Corn Is Green" (1948). She appeared on Broadway in the musicals "Damn Yankees" (1955) and "Bells Are Ringing" (1956), and later repeated her roles in the movie versions (Damn Yankees (1958) and Bells Are Ringing (1960)). Her other Broadway roles included the original companies of "Rhinoceros" (1961) and "Funny Girl" (1964). Stapleton also played Abby Brewster in the 1986-87 revival of "Arsenic and Old Lace".

Most Famous Work

Klute
Average
7

Klute

(1971) Strassberg's Secretary
Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World
Average
5

Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World

(1998) Mrs. Jenkins (voice)
Tony Awards
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6

Tony Awards

(1956) Presenter
Up the Down Staircase
Average
7

Up the Down Staircase

(1967) Sadie Finch
Dead Man's Folly
Average
6

Dead Man's Folly

(1986) Ariadne Oliver
Cinderella
Average
6

Cinderella

(1985) Fairy Godmother
Mother Goose Rock 'N Rhyme
Average
6

Mother Goose Rock 'N Rhyme

(1990) Mother Goose
Baby
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0

Baby

(2000) Byrd

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
2004 N/A
2003 N/A
2001 Irene Silverman
Lorrraine
2000 Byrd
1998 Mrs. Jenkins (voice)
Gloria Utley
Mrs. Dunbar
Birdie Conrad
1996 Pansy Milbank
Aunt Alda
N/A
Mrs. Coons
N/A
1995 N/A
1994 N/A
N/A
1993 Mildred
N/A
Landlady (uncredited)
1992 Beakman's Mom
Lenora Tolliver
1991 Henry Dutton
1990 Mother Goose
N/A
1988 N/A
1987 N/A
1986 Ariadne Oliver
1985 Fairy Godmother
N/A
1984 Mrs. Price
Irene
1983 N/A
The Giantess
1982 The Fairy Godmother
Herself
The Giantess
Eleanor Roosevelt
1981 Isabel Cooper
Betty Eaton
1979 Mary Dobkin
N/A
Herself
Penny Sycamore
1977 N/A
Mrs. DeCamp
1976 N/A
1975 N/A
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1973 Gina's Mother
1971 N/A
Strassberg's Secretary
Mrs. Wappler
Helen
Edith Bunker
1968 Self - Guest
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1967 N/A
Sadie Finch
1963 N/A
1962 N/A
N/A
1961 Shirley Johnson
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N/A
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1960 N/A
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Sue
1959 N/A
1958 N/A
Sister Miller
1956 Herself - Host
Presenter
1954 N/A
1951 N/A
1950 N/A
N/A
1948 N/A
Year Character Movie/Tv

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