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365 Days of Oscar: Maureen Stapleton’s Naughty Remark

Maureen Stapleton received the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 1981 for her performance as Emma Goldman in Reds. Her acceptance speech, short, to the point and entirely characteristic was:

“I’m thrilled, happy, delighted – sober! I want to thank Troy, NY; my children; my family; my friends; and everybody I ever met in my entire life; and my inspiration Joel McCrea.”

Backstage, however, she also said this upon how it felt to be recognized as one of the greatest actresses in the world: “Not nearly as exciting as it would be if I were acknowledged as one of the greatest lays in the world.”

This article is part of a special year-long series of anecdotes, reflections and thoughts about the Academy Awards.