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Shirley Stoler (1929–1999)

Her homely, pudding face was Laughtonesque in style, incapable of warmth much less a smile. It was held up by an immense frame that was both intimidating and foreboding at the same time. In return, it allowed her to play a couple of the most loathsome and terrifying women ever presented onscreen. Born to Polish-Jewish immigrants on March 30, 1929, ... See full bio »

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The Honeymoon Killers Martha Beck
The Deer Hunter Steven's Mother
Malcolm X Mrs. Swerlin
Frankenhooker Spike the Bartender


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 1997 The Deli
 1995 Grumpier Old Men
Organist at wedding (uncredited)
 1992 Malcolm X
Mrs. Swerlin
 1992 Me and Veronica
Shouting Woman
 1992 Mac
 1991 Age Isn't Everything
Madam Iris
 1991 Law & Order (TV Series)
Charlie Maylen
- Misconception (1991) ... Charlie Maylen
 1990 Frankenhooker
Spike the Bartender
 1990 Miami Blues
Edie Wulgemuth
 1989 Sons
German housewife
 1989 In the Heat of the Night (TV Series)
Adah Boone
- The Pig Woman of Sparta (1989) ... Adah Boone
 1989 Kate & Allie (TV Series)
 1988 Chief Zabu
Joan Ironwood
 1988 Sturdy Browns (Short)
Tante Elka
 1988 Shakedown
 1988 Sticky Fingers
 1987 Three O'Clock High
 1986 Pee-wee's Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs. Steve
- Party! (1986) ... Mrs. Steve
- Stolen Apples (1986) ... Mrs. Steve
- Monster in the Playhouse (1986) ... Mrs. Steve
- Beauty Makeover (1986) ... Mrs. Steve
- Now You See Me, Now You Don't (1986) ... Mrs. Steve
 1985 Brass (TV Movie)
Woman in window
 1985 Desperately Seeking Susan
Jail Matron
 1983 The Brass Ring (TV Movie)
 1983 The Powers of Matthew Star (TV Series)
Tattoo Artist
- The Quadrian Caper (1983) ... Tattoo Artist
 1982 Splitz
Dean Hunta
 1980 Below the Belt
 1980 Seed of Innocence
 1980 Second-Hand Hearts
 1980 The Edge of Night (TV Series)
- Episode #1.6331 (1980) ... Frankie (uncredited)
- Episode #1.6330 (1980) ... Frankie (uncredited)
- Episode #1.6329 (1980) ... Frankie
- Episode #1.6328 (1980) ... Frankie (uncredited)
- Episode #1.6327 (1980) ... Frankie (uncredited)
 1980 Skag (TV Series)
Dottie Jessup
- What Passes for Love in East Pittsburgh (1980) ... Dottie Jessup
- The Working Girl: Part 2 (1980) ... Dottie Jessup
- The Working Girl: Part 1 (1980) ... Dottie Jessup
- The Wildcatters (1980) ... Dottie Jessup
- In Trouble at 15 (1980) ... Dottie Jessup
 1979 Charlie's Angels (TV Series)
Big Aggie Kemp
- Caged Angel (1979) ... Big Aggie Kemp
 1978 The Deer Hunter
Steven's Mother
 1978 NBC Special Treat (TV Series)
Rink Cashier
- Snowbound (1978) ... Rink Cashier
 1977 The Liberation of Honeydoll Jones
Verna Jones (uncredited)
 1977 The Displaced Person (TV Movie)
Mrs. Shortley
 1976 A Real Young Girl
Grocer in Aupom
 1975 Seven Beauties
The Prison Camp Commandant
 1973 Kojak (TV Series)
Woman questioned on street
- Knockover (1973) ... Woman questioned on street (uncredited)
 1971 Klute
Momma Reese
 1970 The Honeymoon Killers
Martha Beck
 1968 One Life to Live (TV Series)
Roberta 'Tiny' Coleman (1986-1987)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

She played Sarah the Old in Tom Eyen's play, "Sarah B. Divine! A Musical Biographical Fantasy on the Life of Sarah Bernhardt," in a Festival of Two Worlds production at the Teatrino Delle Sette in Spoleto, Italy with Karole Kaye Stevenson (played Little Sarah), Elizabeth Spender (played Eternal Maid & Anita), Bobo Legendre (... See more »

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Personal Quote:

Weight shouldn't be a hindrance, but casting people are afraid of it. I could play 'Medea,' but they wouldn't cast me for it.


A large woman who weighed about 250 pounds at one point in her career, Stoler was one of the very few heavy actresses to specialize in dramatic roles instead of comedy. See more »

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