By Michael Gioia
19 Mar 2013
Here's how RCHS describes the exhibit, which opened Feb. 1: "Maureen Stapleton never forgot her hometown, Troy, New York. Growing up on First Street, Ms. Stapleton often frequented Troy's many movie houses, escaping reality by entering into the world of Hollywood. Countless hours spent watching the glamorous stars of the 1930s and 1940s ultimately led Maureen to her life's passion – acting. After graduating from Catholic High, Ms. Stapleton saved $100 and then departed Troy for the lights of New York City. Although she became an internationally recognized actress, winning the Academy Award, an Emmy and two Tony awards, she never forgot her roots along the bank of the Hudson River. Ms. Stapleton is one of 12 actresses to have won the Triple Crown of Acting (an Oscar, Emmy and Tony)."
"Through this exhibit, and working with the local community who still remember and love her, RCHS is pleased to honor Maureen Stapleton whose talent and artistry impacted millions of people," added Stacy Pomeroy Draper, RCHS curator, in a statement.
The exhibit focuses on three themes: "Setting the Stage, Troy in the 1920s – 1940s"; "Maureen Stapleton's Career in Theatre, Film and Television"; and "A Hell of a Life – Maureen's Legacy."
"Troy is My Home Town" features historic photographs, Playbills and ephemera associated with the entertainment industry that existed in Troy in the early decades of the 20th century. Items in the exhibit include Oscar statue, 1981, for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in "Reds"; Emmy statue, 1968, "Among the Paths of Eden"; Golden Globe, 1970, for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in "Airport"; two dresses owned by Stapleton; Playbills, scripts, and play and movie posters; and photographs, letters and telegrams from Stapleton's friends such as Elizabeth Taylor, Tennessee Williams, Grace Kelly and more.
RCHS is located at 57 Second Street in Troy, NY, and is open Thursdays–Saturdays from noon-5 PM. There is no fee to view the exhibit; donations are encouraged. For more information, call (518) 272-7232 or visit RCHSOnline.org.