Sage Celebrates Troy Native Maureen Stapleton

January 16, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Troy, NY – The Sage Colleges will pay tribute to the life and a career of actress Maureen Stapleton, Troy native and Academy Award winning actress, on February 1 at 8 p.m. in Bush Memorial Hall.

The evening will feature memorable moments from Stapleton’s career and appearances by friends and family, including Jane Scovell who co-authored A Hell of a Life: An Autobiography with Stapleton. Russell Sage College students will further honor the legacy of her work with dramatic readings from her lengthy stage and film career. The tribute, organized by David Baecker, associate professor of theatre, will be hosted by WNYT’s Benita Zahn.

Stapleton was born and raised on 1st Street in Troy, where she first fell in love with movies. After graduating from Catholic High, she moved to New York City and began her decades long career, becoming one of the few to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting, earning an Oscar, Emmy and Tony. In honor of her commitment to Troy, the Rensselaer County Historical Society will open a new exhibit, Troy is My Home Town: The Life and Times of Maureen Stapleton. Opening February 1, the exhibit will showcase historic photographs, playbills, scripts and various memorabilia, including Stapleton’s Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe statues, dresses and correspondences between friends such as Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and Tennessee Williams.

For more information, please contact David Baecker - baeckd@sage.edu or (518) 244-2263.