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Actress Maureen Stapleton Dies

The Oscar-winning actress who played the perfect grandmother in the movie "Cocoon" has died.

Although she never became a household name, Maureen Stapleton was an easily recognized face from dozens of screen roles from "Airport" to "Reds."

Playing the anarchist Emma Goldman in Warren Beatty's epic "Reds" won her a best supporting actress Oscar trophy. With that honor, she also became the tenth performer to win the Triple Crown of acting. She'd won a Tony for "The Rose Tattoo" and an Emmy for the T-V drama, "Among the Paths to Eden."

Her film credits include the musical "Bye Bye Birdie," Woody Allen's "Interiors," and the Tom Hanks comedy "The Money Pit."

Stapleton later won a second Tony for a lead in "The Gingerbread Lady."

Her family says Stapleton died of natural causes at her Massachusetts home. She was 80.

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