Maureen Lipman

Maureen Lipman


5/10/1946, Hull, Yorkshire, England

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Maureen Lipman was born in Hull, England on May 10th 1946. After her mother Zelma encouraged her to pursue a career in acting, she went to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Throughout her career, Maureen has appeared regularly on television, stage and radio.…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2008, Maureen was featured in a show by photographer Simon Annand. The pictures included in the exhibition are of the 30 minutes before an actor steps on the stage in theatres. One of Maureen's picture features her standing on her head, an action that is part of her usual warm-up routine.

    • In 1984, Maureen starred in a television version of the classic 1940s farce 'See How They Run' as Miss Skillton.

    • At the 2001 Women in Film and Television Awards, Maureen received the Mae West Award.

    • Maureen played American soprano Florence Foster Jenkins, the pitch impaired 1940s performer, in a stage production of Peter Quilt's 'Glorious.'

    • In 1996, she played Shani Whittle in the comedy drama 'Eskimo Day.' ( Known as 'Interview Day' in the US.) The script was written by her husband Jack Rosenthal.

    • Maureen co-wrote and starred in three sell out seasons of Re:Joyce, a one woman stage show about Joyce Grenfell.

    • She gained critical acclaim for her performance as troubled radio agony aunt Jane Lucas in the ITV comedy 'Agony.'

    • Maureen has a cameo appearance in the 1985 film 'National Lampoon's European Vacation.'

    • She has a daughter called Amy and a son called Adam.

    • Maureen played the mother in Roman Polanski's 2002 Oscar winning film 'The Pianist.'

    • In 2002, she appeared in the ITV cult soap opera 'Coronation Street' as Lillian Spencer. Her husband, Jack Rosenthal, wrote the script for the first ever episode of the show when it was aired in 1960.

    • Her performance as Mahrler obsessed Trish in the 1983 adaptation of Willy Russell's play 'Educating Rita' resulted in a BAFTA Best Supporting Actress nomination.

    • Maureen can frequently be heard on BBC Radio Four as a guest panelist on'Just A Minute.'

    • Her first television appearance was in the Peter Collinson 1968 ground breaking drama about unwanted pregnancies, 'Up The Junction.'

    • Maureen became a household name during the 1980s when she played the Jewish Grandmother 'Beatie' in 35 British telecom adverts.

    • in 1995, she was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy performance in the farce 'See How They Run.'

    • She played the character of Dim Sum in the Old Vic Theatre pantomime production of 'Aladdin'. Sir Ian McKellan played Widow Twanky.

    • In 2001, Maureen performed in 'The Vagina Monologues' in the West End.

    • Maureen was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 1999. Her husband, Jack Rosenthal, had received the award in 1993.

    • In 1973, Maureen married award winning writer Jack Rosenthal. They were maried for over thirty years until Jack died of cancer in 2004.

    • Maureen writes a weekly column for the British magazine, 'Good Housekeeping.'

    • Her father was a Jewish taylor.

    • Maureen studied at the London Royal Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

  • Quotes

    • Maureen wrote the following in her column in The Guardian on March 10th 2006: I keep reading articles on how to exercise the brain. Crosswords irritate me; I can't think to order. Sudoku is as Sanskrit and card games are a bridge too far. I've had a bottle of ginkgo biloba on my bedside table since 2002, but the only mental exercise I get is figuring out how to line up the arrows on the lid in such a way that they can be opened by a short - tempered and short - sighted human with a very average IQ.