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Jean Stapleton

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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Jan 19, 1923 In Manhattan, New York, US
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Philco Television Playhouse 1948-10-03
Latest Project:
Movie Like Mother Like Son: The Strange Story of Sante and Kenny Kimes 2001-05-20
Known For
Movie Like Mother Like Son: The Strange Story of Sante and Kenny Kimes Irene Silverman 2001-05-20
Movie Pursuit of Happiness Lorrraine 2001-01-17
Movie Baby Byrd 2000-10-08
Movie You've Got Mail Birdie Conrad 1998-02-26
Movie Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World Mrs. Jenkins (voice) 1998-08-04
Movie Chance of a Lifetime Mrs. Dunbar 1998-03-29
Series E! True Hollywood Story Unknown 1996-03-29
Series The Rosie O'Donnell Show Unknown 1996-06-10
Movie Lily Dale Mrs. Coons 1996-06-09
Series Intimate Portrait Unknown 1994-01-03
Series Touched by an Angel Unknown 1994-09-21
Movie The Trial Landlady (uncredited) 1993-06-18
Movie Bury Me in Niagara Mildred 1993-10-31
Series Grace Under Fire Unknown 1993-09-29
Series Beakman's World Beakman's Mom 1992-09-12
Movie Mother Goose Rock 'N Rhyme Mother Goose 1990-05-19
Series Bagdad Cafe Unknown 1990-03-30
Series Murphy Brown Unknown 1988-11-14
Movie Dead Man's Folly Ariadne Oliver 1986-01-08
Movie Cinderella Fairy Godmother 1985-08-14
Series The Ray Bradbury Theater Unknown 1985-05-21
Movie A Matter of Sex Irene 1984-01-01
Movie The Buddy System Mrs. Price 1984-05-04
Series Scarecrow and Mrs. King Unknown 1983-10-03
Movie Jack and the Beanstalk The Giantess 1983-09-08
Movie Eleanor, First Lady of the World Eleanor Roosevelt 1982-05-12
Series Faerie Tale Theatre The Fairy Godmother 1982-09-11
Movie Angel Dusted Betty Eaton 1981-02-11
Movie You Can't Take it With You Penny Sycamore 1979-05-16
Movie Aunt Mary Mary Dobkin 1979-12-05
Series Archie Bunker's Place Unknown 1979-09-23
Movie Tail Gunner Joe Mrs. DeCamp 1977-02-06
Series The Love Boat Unknown 1977-09-24
Series The Muppet Show Unknown 1976-09-05
Series Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Movie Acts of Love and Other Comedies Gina's Mother 1973-03-15
Series All in the Family Edith Bunker 1971-01-12
Movie Cold Turkey Mrs. Wappler 1971-02-19
Series The Electric Company Unknown 1971-10-25
Movie Klute Strassberg's Secretary 1971-06-23
Series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Unknown 1968-01-22
Movie Up the Down Staircase Sadie Finch 1967-01-19
Series The Carol Burnett Show Unknown 1967-09-11
Series The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Unknown 1962-10-01
Series The Eleventh Hour Unknown 1962-10-03
Movie Something Wild Shirley Johnson 1961-12-23
Series Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
Movie Bells Are Ringing Sue 1960-06-23
Series My Three Sons Unknown 1960-09-29
Series Route 66 Unknown 1960-10-07
Series Dennis the Menace Unknown 1959-10-04
Movie Damn Yankees! Sister Miller 1958-07-23
Series Naked City Unknown 1958-09-30
Series Woman With A Past Unknown 1954-02-01
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series Robert Montgomery Presents Unknown 1950-01-30
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Series The Philco Television Playhouse Unknown 1948-10-03
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