Geezzzz Edith!

Jean Stapleton, the 70's TV icon who played Archie Bunker's wife Edith in the series "All in the Family," died yesterday of natural causes at the age of 90.

Character actress Stapleton won three Emmys for her work on the ground-breaking show "All in the Family." The character of Edith was so complex, yet sometimes was made fun of, because she wasn't the sharpest tool and had such an innocent outlook on life. But Edith was also wise beyond her years, and most of the Bunkers everyday life problems were solved because of her input. As we watched "All in the Family", we witnessed Edith's metamorphosis from a dominated housewife to a woman in her own right. 


She was nominated for two additional Emmy awards for portraying Eleanor Roosevelt in the 1982 CBS film "Eleanor, First Lady of the World," and as Aunt Vivian on the ABC series "Grace Under Fire." Stapleton was last seen on screen in the 1998 movie "You've Got Mail" as Meg Ryan's co-worker.





While most people will remember her as Edith Bunker, I will remember her from her role in the final scene of the movie Michael, where she and John Travolta danced through the streets and disappeared into the night sky as two bright stars. 



Stapleton is survived by her children -- TV producer Pamela Putch and film and TV director John Putch, notes the L.A. Times. The voice of nails scratching on a chalkboard that made America laugh will be missed, but Edith and Archie are finally together again.

Those were the days....

Jean Stapleton 1923-2013



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Comment by Linda Seccaspina on July 13, 2013 at 10:02am
Yes she will Marty, a class act
Comment by Marty Koven on July 13, 2013 at 9:39am

She has permanently "stifled herself".  Tragic, she was also a very brilliant woman and actor.  R.I.P., Jean Stapleton, you will be missed.


Comment by Linda Seccaspina on June 3, 2013 at 10:27am

marsha... I decided that was the perfect ending.. and yup knew all about Norman Lear

Comment by Marsha Shearer on June 3, 2013 at 6:48am

Dancing with Travolta to Van Morrison's 'Bright Side of the Road"...what a way to go!  Linda, what a great eulogy you provided to this remarkable actress.  And by the way, Norman Lear, the director of 'All in the Family," went on to head People for the American Way, a progressive lobbying and educational org. developed to counteract all the Archies out there.

Comment by Linda Seccaspina on June 2, 2013 at 10:56pm
We watch lots of races... And a few other things but there will never be who like this
Comment by Werner on June 2, 2013 at 10:51pm

Edith was the perfect opposite to Archie I loved the show and weep for the BS that passes for the political correct mind numbing crap that passes for TV


Except for the news (which I take with a grain of salt or two), and car races (except any kind of oval racing) I just can't be bothered to watch TV.

Comment by Linda Seccaspina on June 2, 2013 at 9:02pm

Peggy-- we all know someone like Archie..:)

thanks Matt!!

Comment by Matt Paust on June 2, 2013 at 8:46pm

Beautiful tribute, Linda.

Comment by Peggy Powell on June 2, 2013 at 7:27pm

You are so right Steve.  She was the glue.  No one else could stand Archie for long.

Comment by Linda Seccaspina on June 2, 2013 at 7:24pm

It did only I never put it in perspective until later


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