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Remembering Jean Stapleton

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

We’re sad to hear of the passing of actress Jean Stapleton, who died yesterday, Friday May 31, 2013, at the age of 90. Stapleton died of natural causes in her home in New York City. She’s best know for portraying the lovable “Edith Bunker” on All in the Family, but also enjoyed success on the Broadway stage with “Damn Yankees” and “The Bells Are Ringing,” and with several television movies.

Below are some selections from her 2000 Archive interview:

Her thoughts on how All in the Family dealt with bigotry:

Her description of “Edith Bunker”:

She was a very compassionate individual, had a peculiar way of arriving at things and thoughts. Not very bright, not well educated, but a great sense of wisdom and heart.  I guess I would describe it that way.  And also fun, a sense of joy about her and great, just great love for everyone, and a perception about people that was instinctive, intuitive, but certainly not intellectual.

And how she’d like to be remembered:

To be remembered?  I don’t think about that uh very much, frankly.  I don’t think anybody’s remembered too well, after awhile… I really don’t think it’s one of my goals or projects to decide that.  I hope that my work stands up, if it’s ever seen in the future.

Watch her full Archive interview and read her obituary in the Chicago Tribune.

Happy Birthday to “All in the Family’s” Jean Stapleton!

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Wishing a very happy birthday to actress Jean Stapleton!! The New York City native is best known for playing “Edith Bunker” on the ’70s sitcom All in the Family, but has also appeared on Broadway and guest-starred on many TV shows, from Dr. Kildare to The Defenders (on which she first met Carroll O’Connor).

Enjoy some selections from our 2000 Interview with Jean Stapleton:

Watch Stapleton as “Edith Bunker” in this clip of one of her favorite All in the Family episodes – The Thanksgiving Show:

See Jean Stapleton’s full archive interview here.