We loved her in All In The Family.
Jean Stapleton Dies At 90
According to The NY Post
She was the queen of Queens.
“All in the Family” star Jean Stapleton, who brilliantly played the long-suffering wife of working-class bigot Archie Bunker in the 1970s hit TV sitcom, died at her Manhattan home, her family announced. She was 90.
She won three Emmys and two Golden Globes for her role as Edith, the devoted wife and perfect foil to Archie, played by the late Carroll O’Connor.
He often referred to her as “Dingbat” during his hysterically ignorant rants on issues like racism, homosexuality and the unpopular Vietnam War, which was groundbreaking for the time.
But during their more than eight years on air, the audience knew that Edith was a lot more intelligent and open-minded, and would make him, if only temporarily, see the errors of his ways.
“The benign, compassionate presence she developed made my egregious churl bearable,” O’Connor wrote of Stapleton in his 1998 autobiography.
Stapleton was born in the Big Apple on Jan. 19, 1923, and was the daughter of a billboard-advertising salesman and an opera singer. She attended Hunter College.
She also appeared numerous times on Broadway and in Hollywood movies.
Stapleton is survived by her children, television producer Pamela Putch and film and television director John Putch.