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    Jean Stapleton, among her roles Edith Bunker on 'All in the Family,' dead at 90

    'All in the Family' star Jean Stapleton dies at 90 (L.A. Times)
    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.
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    Dec 2008
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    She was great as Edith. R.I.P. Jean.

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    Jean Stapleton, TV's Edith Bunker, dies at 90

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    FILE - Cast members of "All in the Family," from left, Carroll O'Connor, Je...
    NEW YORK (AP) — 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." Produced by Norman Lear, the series broke through the timidity of U.S. TV with social and political jabs and ranked as the No. 1-rated program for an unprecedented five years in a row. Lear would go on to create a run of socially conscious sitcoms...


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    Aug 2008
    ahhhh, I loved her!!!! R.I.P.
    Kyron, HALEIGH, ADJI & Gabriel NEEDS PRAYERS NOW TO FIND THEM!. Zahra & Jonathan in heaven
    Justice for Hailey!!!!
    No Justice for Caylee Marie..........

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    Dec 2008
    Awwww! Sorry to hear this! I so enjoyed her as Edith.

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    May 2008
    Sorry to read this. She was a great actress.

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    I loved her too. What a talented actress. RIP Jean.

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    "Boy the way Glen Miller played,

    songs that made the hit parade,

    guys like us we had it made,

    those were the days,

    and you know where you were then,

    girls were girls and men were men,

    mister we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again,

    didn't need no welfare states,

    everybody pulled his weight,

    gee our old Lasalle ran great,

    those were the days!"
    The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
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    Jul 2008
    May she rest in heavenly peace.
    Thoughts and prayers for the people of Paris and all of France!

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    Mar 2009
    A nice appreciation, from Sports Illustrated's Peter King:
    Jean Stapleton is one of the best female actors in TV history, and it was sad to note her death, at 90, on Saturday. You had to be alive in the '70s to know how groundbreakingly good she was in All in the Family, the best show of the decade. To raise the subjects she did as Edith Bunker -- rape, menopause, homosexuality, breast cancer -- so deftly while being the foil for so much humor as the dingbat of the show ... it's still incredible to me how good she was at the really tough subjects. If you're of a certain age, you can't forget the two-part show when Edith was being assaulted in her home. The sexual assaulter told her she smelled wonderful, and without missing a beat, Edith blurted, "That's Lemon Pledge.'' She made us confront taboo things and think about them in ways sitcom viewers never had before.

    Daily Telegraph obit
    In an interview with The New York Times in 1972, Jean Stapleton said: “What Edith represents is the housewife who is still in bondage to the male figure, very submissive and restricted to the home. She is very naive, and she kind of thinks through a mist, and she lacks the education to expand her world. I would hope that most housewives are not like that.”
    She might have repeated her success as a television star had she not turned down the offer to star in Murder, She Wrote, the long-running series about a female detective. The part went instead to Angela Lansbury.
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    A great actress! A lovely, humble woman.

    R I P Jean.

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