Jean Stapleton

Jean Stapleton

  • Born on
    • January 19th, 1923
  • Died on
    • May 31st, 2013
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".

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Acting (15 Credits)

1998You've Got Mail as Birdie Conrad
1998Pocahontas 2: Journey to a New World as Mrs. Jenkins (voice)
1996Michael as Pansy Milbank
1996Lily Dale as Mrs. Coons
1993The Trial as Landlady (uncredited)
1990Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme as Mother Goose
1986Dead Man's Folly as Ariadne Oliver
1984The Buddy System as Mrs. Price
1971Cold Turkey as Mrs. Wappler
1971Klute as Strassberg's Secretary
1971All in the Family as Edith Bunker
1967Up the Down Staircase as Sadie Finch
1961Something Wild as Shirley Johnson
1960Bells Are Ringing as Sue
1958Damn Yankees as Sister Miller


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