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Jean Stapleton, best known for playing Edith Bunker in 'All in the Family,' dies at 90


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#1 OFFLINE   fluffybear

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 03:39 PM

From Fox News:

 

 

Jean Stapleton, the stage-trained character actress who played Archie Bunker's far better half, the sweetly naive Edith, in TV's groundbreaking 1970s comedy "All in the Family," has died. She was 90.

Stapleton died Friday of natural causes at her New York City home surrounded by friends and family, her children said Saturday.

Little known to the public before "All In the Family," she co-starred with Carroll O'Connor in the top-rated CBS sitcom about an unrepentant bigot, the wife he churlishly but fondly called "Dingbat," their daughter Gloria (Sally Struthers) and liberal son-in-law Mike, aka Meathead (Rob Reiner).

Stapleton received eight Emmy nominations and won three times during her eight-year tenure with "All in the Family."

 

The theater was Stapleton's first love and she compiled a rich resume, starting in 1941 as a New England stock player and moving to Broadway in the 1950s and `60s. In 1964, she originated the role of Mrs. Strakosh in "Funny Girl" with Barbra Streisand. Others musicals and plays included "Bells Are Ringing," "Rhinoceros" and Damn Yankees," in which her performance -- and the nasal tone she used in "All in the Family" -- attracted Lear's attention and led to his auditioning her for the role of Archie's wife.

 

 

 

 


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#2 OFFLINE   yosoyellobo

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 03:56 PM

A lovely lady. RIP Edith.

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 04:57 PM

R.I.P. Jean.


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Posted 01 June 2013 - 05:00 PM

Edith Bunker was an unforgettable, vivid, emotionally stirring, character created by Ms. Stapleton in all 200+ episodes of "All In the Family." I know she brought the same acting skills to other parts, but it feels like a loss in my family just as it did when Carroll O'Connor died. RIP


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Posted 01 June 2013 - 08:01 PM

RIP Jean, you were a wonderful entertainer. Still 1 of my top 5 shows of all time


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Posted 01 June 2013 - 08:09 PM

And probably couldn't be made today. Like Mel Brooks, it seems to be greatly misunderstood.

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 01:28 AM

Very sad.......... I love that show!! (It luckily came out before this P.C. crap started)

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 06:15 AM

Sorry to hear.


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#9 OFFLINE   Steve

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 06:26 AM

RIP, Jean.

 

Here's what Norman Lear had to say on her passing: http://www.nytimes.c...tons-death.html

 

The NY Times obit: http://www.nytimes.c...?pagewanted=all


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Posted 02 June 2013 - 08:53 AM

R.I.P. You are missed.
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