Saturday, June 1, 2013

Jean Stapleton has Died


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 son, John Putch, 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. 
 
Jean Stapleton, center, with co-stars Carroll O'Connor and Sally Struthers at the Emmys in 1972

21 comments:

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

The woman was a National Icon.

Great memories of a simpler time.
She will be missed.

Godspeed Edith!

louis365 said...

RIP Edith. So many great laughs...she certainly was an icon.

katie8753 said...

Jean was as good a dramatic actress as a comedic actress.

One of my favorite episodes of All in the Family was the one where Archie told her she couldn't work full time at the Sunshine Home with the old folks because he wanted her home taking care of him, and basically told her she was worthless. She finally told him off and walked out on him. I have to say, every time I watch that episode, I get teary eyed.

katie8753 said...

This is the episode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XX6bgv_FL4E

I need a hanky! (:

johnnyseattle said...
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johnnyseattle said...

Hey Lynyrd
Jean Stapleton was a wonderful actress. Going through IMDB, I saw this piece of trivia and had to laugh. Just 9 years later...

"In an episode of the courtroom drama series, "The Defenders" (1961), "The Defenders: The Hidden Jungle (#2.11)" (1962), which aired 1st December 1962, an unknown actress at this time, she played a woman who witnessed a murder. In the episode, while on the witness stand, she is asked to point out the murderer. The actor playing the murderer was another unknown named Carroll O'Connor, who later starred with her in "All in the Family" (1971)."

It would have been perfect if Carroll O'Conner had said, 'Stifle Edith, Stifle....'

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Norman Lear and Rob Reiner react to the death of a TV legend:

“No one gave more profound ‘How to be a Human Being’ lessons than Jean Stapleton,” Lear said Saturday.

In a statement, Reiner added: “Jean was a brilliant comedienne with exquisite timing. Working with her was one of the greatest experiences of my life.”

katie8753 said...

Johnny, that's funny! :)

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Stifle ya self.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

LOL

La-de-la said...

Growing up, I thought Edith Bunker was a "real" lady with the most class,kindness and humor on tv. Loved her.

Jean Stapleton was amazing. RIP.

CoffeeAddict1969 said...

RIP Jean. You'll always be Edith to us.

walkunafraid17 said...

She was a pip.......a real pip

walkunafraid17 said...

She was a pip.......a real pip

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Sunset,

Please check your email.

Thanks, LS

sbuch113 said...

R.I.P.

I still love watching All In The Family.
But back then.....back then......Those Were The Days.

sbuch113 said...

R.I.P.

I still love watching All In The Family.
But back then.....back then......Those Were The Days.

Venus said...

I always thought Edith was great. Archie thought she was a dingbat but she was the smart one of the 2!

RIP Jean

Venus said...

Has anyone ever seen "The Newlywed Game" episide with the Archie and Edith lookalikes? It's featured on many "best of the game shows" TV programs. Here it is!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tFjEZslCRI

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Venus, that was hilarious! LOL!

You GOTTA watch these two:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QESl8JjPcv4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n071gVJNLg8

4:28 into the second one, I almost died laughing! Ahahahaha

Venus said...

Those were good too!!!!