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RIP Jean Stapleton (aka Edith Bunker)

RIP Jean Stapleton (aka Edith Bunker)
June 1, 2013 MICHAEL KNUDSEN

Jean Stapleton and Carol O'Connor

Sad news to report, Jean Stapleton, star of stage and screen passed away at her home in NYC yesterday at the age of 90. She’ll be best remembered for her iconic role as Edith Bunker from Norman Lear‘s now classic 1970s television show, All In The Family. Without a doubt, the ground-breaking (and controversial) show still remains my top favorite TV show of all-time, a lot of the credit for that goes to Jean, who won three Emmy awards for her unforgettable portrayal filled with warmth, grace and humor. Edith was the perfect balance (and far better half) to Archie Bunker, played by the late Caroll O’Connor. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends, Jean will definitely be missed but thankfully we can still catch reruns of All In The Family, a show I’ll never grow tired even though I’ve seen them all many times. Now she’s up above, reunited with her co-star, I can see them at the piano together singing “Those Were The Days,” an understatement if there ever was one.

Jean Stapleton, the character actress whose portrayal of a slow-witted, big-hearted and submissive — up to a point — housewife on the groundbreaking series “All in the Family” made her, along with Mary Tyler Moore and Bea Arthur, not only one of the foremost women in television comedy in the 1970s but a symbol of emergent feminism in American popular culture, died on Friday at her home in New York City. She was 90. READ MORE

Jean Stapleton and Carol O'Connor

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