Actress Jean Stapleton passed away yesterday of natural causes. She was 90.
Stapleton was, of course, best known for her portrayal of Edith Bunker in the 1970s CBS sitcome All in the Family.
Prior to being cast in All in the Family by Norman Lear, Stapleton was primarily a stage actress although she occasionally appeared on TV shows like Dr. Kildare, Dennis the Menace and The Defenders where she appeared with her future All in the Family co-star Carroll O’Connor. Stapleton also appeared in movies like Damn Yankees. It was in this role where she got the inspiration for Edith Bunker’s nasally voice.
Stapleton joined O’Connor in the spin off series Archie Bunker’s Place but asked to be written out of the series wanting to pursue other roles. She would portray Eleanor Roosevelt both on stage and in a TV movie titled Eleanor, First Lady of the World. Stapleton co-starred with Whoopi Goldberg in the shortlived CBS TV series Bagdad Cafe. In the 1990s and 2000s, Stapleton made guest appearances on TV shows such as Murphy Brown, Everybody Loves Raymond and Touched by an Angel as well as in movies such as Michael and You’ve Got Mail.
I leave you with Stapleton singing in a dynamite performance on The Muppet Show
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