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As the world mourned Jean Stapleton this week, I was reminded of the sadness I felt in the fall of 1980 when it was revealed on CBS's Archie Bunker's Place (the rechristened All in the Family) that Stapleton's Edith Bunker had died suddenly of a stroke. Stapleton's TV daughter Sally Struthers (Gloria) shares memories of her onscreen mom, who passed away May 31 at age 90 of undisclosed causes.
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- William Keck
Jean Stapleton will forever be known to TV viewers as Edith Bunker on "All in the Family." The veteran actress died at the age of 90 on Friday, May 31 and she leaves behind a legacy of stage, screen and TV roles.
Stapleton won two Golden Globes and three Emmys for "All in the Family." Her character, Edith Bunker, appeared in the "All in the Family" continuation series "Archie Bunker's Place," but died off screen. The Season 2 premiere of the series saw Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor) deal with Edith's death.
In 1976, at the height of "All in the Family," Stapleton made a memorable appearance on "The Muppet Show." There she performed in several sketches, singing with the Muppets.
In 1982, Stapleton was nominated for a Golden Globe and Emmy for her TV film "Eleanor, First Lady of the World." She eventually took the role to the stage and starred in a one-woman show as Eleanor Roosevelt. »
- Chris Harnick
Beloved character actress Jean Stapleton has died at the age of 90. She passed away on Friday, May 31st, of natural causes at her home in New York City.
Stapleton was best known for her role as Edith, the faithful wife of Archie Bunker, on All in the Family. She won three Emmy Awards for her work, acting alongside Carroll O’Connor, Sally Struthers, and Rob Reiner.
She played the part for more than 200 episodes and nine seasons on All in the Family. She continued on the Archie Bunker's Place spin-off but asked to be written out during the first season. In the second season debut, Archie mourned Edith's passing from a stroke. O'Connor was given a George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Award for the touching episode.
On television, Stapleton starred in several TV movies over the years and made numerous guest »
Stapleton died of natural causes Friday (May 31) at her home in New York, the Los Angeles Times reports. She was 90.
A native of New York City, Stapleton moved between stage, movie and TV roles in the 1950s and '60s, including both the Broadway and film versions of "Damn Yankees." That role helped her land the role of Edith Bunker in the classic CBS sitcom, which ran from 1971-79.
Stapleton won three Emmys for her role as Edith and was at the center of one of "All in the Family's" most memorable episodes, "Edith's 50th Birthday." The 1977 episode features Edith fending off a rapist who enters the Bunker home while the rest of the family is setting up a party for her next door.
She appeared briefly »
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