Jean Stapleton, who played Edith Bunker on the esteemed sitcom All in the Family, passed away of natural causes on Saturday in New York City, her son reported. Stapleton was 90.
Stapleton got her start on Broadway, eventually making her way to the screen. A singing role in Damn Yankees got the attention of producer Norman Lear, who cast her in a new sitcom that would become, after several false starts, All in the Family.
The show struck a nerve, capturing the fraught metamorphosis of 1970s America, and Stapleton’s Edith grew into a warm, big-hearted counterpart to the Carroll O’Connor’s rough, reactionary Archie. “The benign, compassionate presence she developed made my egregious churl bearable,” O’Connor wrote in his autobiography, via the Los Angeles Times.
Over the show’s near-decade long run, Stapleton was nominated for eight Emmy’s and won three.
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