Maureen Stapleton: Almost an EGOT

Award-winning actress Maureen Stapleton died 8 years ago March 13, 2006, after a long career on Broadway, television and the silver screen that almost earned her the right to be called an EGOT-winner, an acronym for the recipient of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards.

She began her career at 18 in New York, modeling and eventually acting on Broadway, debuting alongside Burgess Meredith in The Playboy of the Western World. She went on to win Tony awards in 1951 and 1971, and worked with the likes of Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor onstage, as well as Marilyn Monroe when the two studied together at Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio.

Stapleton's TV and film appearances were limited, compared to her incredibly prolific theater career, but she still managed to turn in award-winning performances. She picked up an Emmy for Truman Capote's 1967 television movie Among the Paths of Eden, and won an Oscar for Reds in 1982. It was her fourth nomination, more than 20 years after her first nomination in 1959.

In 1971 Stapleton picked up a Golden Globe for her work in Airport, completing a kind of EGOT, though not the superfecta that has entered the vernacular in recent years. She was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1975, though, for the audio book of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. She lost out to James Whitmore (along with Orson Welles and Richard Harris), and never got another shot at the music award. Although Stapleton never won a Grammy, her career was full of unforgettable performances in cinematic classics that will be remembered long after certain trendy acronyms have faded from the collective memory.

Written by Seth Joseph