'All in the Family' star Jean Stapleton dies at 90

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'All in the Family' star Jean Stapleton dies at 90

By Claudia Luther
12:56 pm, June 1, 2013

Jean Stapleton, who played Archie Bunker’s long-suffering wife Edith in the long-running 1970s television series “All in the Family,” died Friday at her New York City home. She was 90.

Stapleton died of natural causes, her family announced Saturday.

She had been a veteran of stage, film and television when she was cast in the CBS sitcom opposite Carroll O’Connor’s loud-mouthed, bigoted Archie Bunker, who often addressed her as "dingbat." She won three Emmys for the role.

“The benign, compassionate presence she developed made my egregious churl bearable,” O'Connor wrote of Stapleton in his 1998 autobiography. He died in 2001.

Born in New York City on Jan. 19, 1923, Stapleton was the daughter of a billboard advertising salesman and an opera singer.

In 1949, she got a break when she was cast in the national touring company of “Harvey.” Many characters later in summer stock, regional and off-Broadway plays, Stapleton starred as a wisecracking waitress in 1953 Broadway production of “In the Summer House.”

Stapleton went on to a feature role as Sister in “Damn Yankees,” singing the hit tune “You've Gotta Have Heart,” and reprised the role in the 1958 film. She also appeared in both the stage and film versions of “The Bells Are Ringing” as Sue, the proprietor of Susanswerphone Service. And she originated the role of Mrs. Strakosh in “Funny Girl,” which made a Broadway star of Barbra Streisand.

Stapleton is survived by her children, television producer Pamela Putch and film and television director John Putch.

Complete obituary to follow at latimes.com/obits.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/la-et-st-jean-stapleton-dies-at-90-20130601,0,5429067.story
 

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(CNN) -- Actress Jean Stapleton, best known for her role as Archie Bunker's wife in the groundbreaking 1970s sitcom "All in the Family," has died, her son said Saturday.
She was 90 years old.
Her son John Putch told CNN about her passing and, along with his sister Pamela Putch, wrote an obituary saying that she "passed away peacefully of natural causes" on Friday at her New York City home "surrounded by friends and her immediate family."
The daughter of an opera singer and businessman, Stapleton grew up on Long Island and in New York City. It was there during the early 1940s, while working as a typist for the British War Ministry Office, that she began her career in theater.
1994: Stapleton talks to Larry King

Stapleton made it to Broadway in the production "In the Summer House" in 1953, the same year of her television debut on the daytime drama "Woman With a Past." Other big stage roles followed, including in "Bells Are Ringing" and "Damn Yankees."
She also did more and more television, including appearances on shows such as "Philco TV Playhouse" and "Dr. Kildare."
Her breakout role was as Edith Bunker, the kindhearted foil to husband Archie, played by the late Carroll O'Connor.
"All in the Family" was one of television's most popular shows as it broke ground while tackling a host of social issues such as racism, sexuality, life and death. Edith Bunker, played by Stapleton, for instance revealed that she had breast cancer on the show, a rare occurrence at the time.
"I just loved doing it from the very beginning," Stapleton told CNN in 2001, shortly after O'Connor's death.
She won three Emmy awards -- in 1971, 1972 and 1978, in addition to five other nominations in which he she fell short -- for her performance in that Norman Lear-helmed show.
Stapleton kept busy after the show went off in the air in 1979 and kept on racking up more accomplishments. Those include Emmy nominations in 1982 for playing Eleanor Roosevelt in the CBS miniseries "Eleanor, First Lady of the World" and in 1995 as Aunt Vivian in a guest spot on the ABC comedy "Grace Under Fire."
"RIP Jean Stapleton," tweeted fellow TV comedy veteran Roseanne Barr, "a great actor whose range was unbelievable, deep and majestic."
In 2002 she was chosen for the Television Academy Hall of Fame, joining the likes of Tim Conway and Bob Mackie in that organization's 15th induction class.
Her most recent on-screen credits, according to the IMDB website, are from 2001 when she appeared in the film "Pursuit of Happiness" and the TV movie "Like Mother Like Son: The Strange Story of Sante and Kenny Klimes" along with Mary Tyler Moore.
And after "All in the Family," she continued working in theater, including a nationwide tour as Roosevelt in her one-woman show "Eleanor: Her Secret Journey," the Broadway revival of "Arsenic and Lace" and Obie Award performances in Harold Pinter's "Mountain Language" and "The Birthday Party." Her final stage appearance was in "The Carpetbagger's Children" a few blocks from her home in New York, to which she returned permanently in 2002.
"In her own words, she was an 'actress,' not a celebrity," her children wrote. "The play always came first."
 

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Greatest show ever! RIP Edith, first R@$* victim on tv( if memory serves me right, if not carry on).
 

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Greatest show ever! RIP Edith, first R@$* victim on tv( if memory serves me right, if not carry on).
Wasn't Ward a little hard on the beaver last night before Edith got the high hard one?
 

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Attempted R$p@???? Now you're gonna tell me that Arnold didn't get beat up by the Gooch.....
Nobody knows if the Gooch ever really existed. Much like Natalie Greene's supposed boyfriend, Snake. Might as well throw George Glass in there as well.
 

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Nobody knows if the Gooch ever really existed. Much like Natalie Greene's supposed boyfriend, Snake. Might as well throw George Glass in there as well.
Snake was real. He even brought Natalie some great iced tea.

 

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the definitive dingbat.

R.I.P.
 

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RIP, Mrs. Bunker. :(

Just watched the Archie Bunker's Place episode where Edith dies. They never actually show Archie finding her dead, just the aftermath. The 4th part of the video (on youtube for those interested) still makes my frigging waterworks bust. Damn, who knew I was so sensitive?