Jean Stapleton Dies: Top 10 Facts You Need to Know


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The celebrated star of “All in the Family,” Jean Stapleton, who played Archie Bunker’s loyal wife on the show, Edith, died on Friday aged 90 of natural causes, reports TMZ.

Here’s what you need to know…

1. Most Remember Her For Her Role in “All in the Family”


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She played her most famous role, Edith Bunker, for 11 years, across two shows, “All in the Family” and “Archie Bunker’s Place.” After tiring of the role she asked to be written out of the show in 1981.

During her time on the show she won two Golden Globe awards and three Emmys.


2. Her Acting Career Spanned Seven Decades


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Her career began during World War II in 1941 on Broadway when she was aged 18 in the play “American Gothic.”


3. Before Being a TV Actress, Stapleton Was a Broadway Star


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A Broadway mainstay she appeared in original productions of such hits as “Damn Yankees,” “Funny Girl,” “Bells Are Ringing,” and “Juno.”


4. She Began in TV in the 1960s

She made the move to TV in 1962, starring in the NBC show, “The Eleventh Hour,” a medical drama that ran for two years.


5. “All in the Family” Wasn’t the First Time She Shared the Screen With Carroll O’Connor

She first co-starred with her future on-screen husband, Carroll O’Connor who played Archie Bunker, in 1962 on an episode of the CBS courtroom drama, “The Defenders.”

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6. To Star in “All in the Family,” Stapleton Turned Down “Willy Wonka”


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Her work on “All in the Family” began in 1971. Famously she declined a role in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” to star in the pilot episode.


7. After the Show Ended, She Stuck Mainly to Cameo Roles

In her later years Stapleton performed mainly cameo roles in a range of different shows, including “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Murphy Brown,” and “Touched by an Angel,” as well as feature movies, “You’ve Got Mail,” and the John Travolta movie “Michael.”


8. She Turned Down the Lead in “Murder, She Wrote”

She turned the role of Jessica Fletcher in the hit show “Murder, She Wrote.”

9. She is Survived by Two Children

She had two children, John and Pamela, with her husband of 26 years William Putch, who died in 1983, who was a theater director.


10. She Was New York City Through-and-Through

She was born and died in New York City, the daughter of a billboard salesman and an opera singer.



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