Jean Stapleton, Edith Bunker on 'All in the Family' dies at 90


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The affable actress Jean Stapleton has died it was reported today by The Hollywood Reporter. Best known as Edith Bunker on All in the Family, the 90-year-old passed away of natural causes according to her family. Her death occurred in her New York home.

View attachment 2385 During her long career, Stapleton worked in movies, on stage, and largely on television. Her first TV role was in 1951's Starlight Theater. Later she had roles in movies such as Damn Yankees with Tab Hunter and Bells are Ringing with Judy Holliday.

During the fifties and sixties, her TV guest star appearances included Dr. Kildare, Naked City, My Three Sons, The Patty Duke Show, and The Muppet Show. It was All in the Family, though, that ultimately propelled her to fame. The Norman Lear sitcom aired for nine seasons, from 1971 to 1979. Edith was highly loveable and vulnerable, bringing much heart to her outspoken, rather bigoted husband Archie (Carroll O'Connor).

When the show morphed into Archie Bunker's Place, Stapleton remained for a season, but only part time. The next year, TV mourned the death of Edith as Stapleton moved on to other things, including being a regular on Whoopi Goldberg's 1990-1991 comedy, Bagdad Cafe.

She was nominated for many awards over the years, including an Emmy nod for her role as Eleanor Roosevelt in Eleanor, First Lady of the World. For playing Edith Bunker, she won Outstanding Actress Emmys in 1971, 1972, and 1978. From the Lone Star Film & Television Awards, she also won the Best TV Supporting Actress Award for her 1997 work in "Lily Dale," an airing of the Hallmark Hall of Fame series. She earned Golden Globe honors for All in the Family in 1973 and 1974. In 1985, she was given the Humanitarian Award as part of the Women in Film Crystal Awards.

Stapleton was married to the late William Putch with whom she had two children, John and Pamela, both of whom have worked in the entertainment industry.