Jean Stapleton 1923 -2013


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BornJeanne Murray January 19, 1923 New York City, New York DiedMay 31, 2013 (aged 90) New York City, New York

Born Jeanne Murray
January 19, 1923
New York City, New York
Died May 31, 2013 (aged 90)
New York City, New York

 

 

Jean Stapleton (born Jeanne Murray; January 19, 1923 – May 31, 2013) was an American character actress of stagetelevision and film.

 

 

Tribute To Jean Stapleton

 

Published on Jun 1, 2013

 

Jean Stapleton, a wonderful character actress, best known for playing “Edith Bunker” on “All In The Family”, passed away at the age of 90, May 31st, 2013. Made w/love and respect for this talented lady.

 

 

 

 

She was best known for her portrayal of Edith Bunker, the long-suffering, yet devoted wife of Archie Bunker (played by Carroll O’Connor) and mother of Gloria Stivic (played by Sally Struthers), on the 1970’s situation comedy All in the Family. Stapleton was also seen occasionally on the All in the Family follow-up series, Archie Bunker’s Place, but, tired of the role, asked to be written out after the first season.

 

 

Jean Stapleton
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Stapleton in 1977.
Born Jeanne Murray
January 19, 1923
New York City, New York
Died May 31, 2013 (aged 90)
New York City, New York
Cause of death Natural Causes
Occupation Actress, Comedian
Years active 1941–2001
Spouse(s) William H. Putch
(m.1956–1983; his death)

STAY TUNED (TV’s Unforgettable Moments) – Episode 05 – “All In The Family”

 

Published on Dec 25, 2012

 

See the actual television moments that made you laugh and cry – the comedies, the dramas, the historic news stories, and the celebrated sports events.

 

When The Bunkers moved into the CBS lineup on January 12, 1971, there was dialogue flying all around that had never been heard before in any TV sitcom household.

 

That TV show, “All In The Family”, was inspired by a British TV comedy called “Till Death Do Us part”, about a middle-aged hotheaded lout, Alf Garnett, and his sharp-tongued wife, Else. Veteran TV writer-producer Norman Lear purchased the rights to the UK hit, then combined it with his own family experiences to create his new series. Lear’s father, Herman, used to tell his wife to “stifle yourself” and even called Norman “the laziest white man I ever saw.”

 

Mickey Rooney was Lear’s first choice to play the show’s bigoted patriarch, but Rooney was scared off by the controversary and doubted the show would last. Carroll O’Connor, as liberal as Archie Bunker was conservative, grabbed the opportunity, but he too was certain the show would flop. ABC-TV had originally shot the pilot for the show, but soon got cold feet and dropped the show altogether.

 

CBS-TV, on the other hand, lept at the opportunity to have the show on their network. Orignally titled “Justice For All’, then “Those Were The Days”, the show was eventually retitled “All In The Family”. CBS began the first aired episode on January 12, 1971 with a disclaimer, stating that “All In The Family seeks to throw a humorous spotlight on our frailities, prejudices, and concerns. By making them a source of laughter, we hope to show – in a mature fashion – just how absurd they are”.

 

Then viewers heard the sound of a toilet flush, and :All In The Family” was off and running. It was a funny, outrageous, and incisive show made for it’s time, when the country was undergoing cultural shifts of seismic proportions.

 

O’Connor and Jean Stapleton, who played Archie’s loving yet long suffering wife, Edith, were both accomplished stage and screen actors, and their chemistry was magical. O’Connor and Rob reiner, who portrayed long-haried son-in-law Michael “Meathead” Stivic, and Sally Struthers, who played Archie’s adoring daughter, Gloria, proved to be a perfectly incendiary combination.

 

“All In The Family” ran for nine seasons, although Mike and Gloria moved to California before the last season. After Stapleton left, O’Connor continued for four more years with “Archie Bunker’s Place’. TV’s most influential show paved the way for spin-offs like “The Jeffersons” and “Maude”, which in turn spun-off the show “Good Times”, all dealing with race, sex, and other issues as never before in TV history.

 

Rest In Peace Ms. Jean Stapleton.

 

 

 

 

Career

Born in New York City, the daughter of Joseph E. Murray (a billboard advertising salesman) and Marie Stapleton Murray (a singer), she attended Hunter College. At age 18, she began her career in 1941 in summer stock and made her New York debut in American Gothic, an Off-Broadway play.

 

 

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She was featred on Broadway in several hit musicals, such as Damn YankeesFunny GirlBells Are Ringing, and Juno. She guest starred in many television series, including the role of Rosa Criley in the 1963 episode “The Bride Wore Pink” on NBC‘s medical drama about psychiatryThe Eleventh Hour.

 

Her early work on television included roles in Starlight TheaterRobert Montgomery Presents,Lux Video TheaterWoman with a PastThe Philco-Goodyear Television PlayhouseDr. KildareThe Patty Duke ShowCar 54 Where Are You?Dennis the Menace, and Naked City. On an episode of The Defenders broadcast on 1 December 1962, Jean Stapleton guest-starred with future television husband Carroll O’Connor.

 

In 1979, she appeared in the original Canadian production of the musical Something’s Afoot, which was later broadcast on Showtime. In 1982, Stapleton portrayed Eleanor Roosevelt in a television production of the First Lady’s later life. In 1998, and for a few years afterward, Stapleton took her “Eleanor” characterization to live theaters, now adapted as a one-woman show. She co-starred in Bagdad Cafe with Whoopi Goldberg, the television series based on the movie of the same name.

 

 

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RIP Jean Stapleton – Last Interview w/Archie Bunker – Rare Footage

 

Published on Jun 1, 2013

 

RIP Jean Stapleton (Edith Bunker) seen here in the last interview ever made with co-star Carroll O’Connor in 2000. Ms. Stapleton, who played the long suffering wife of Archie Bunker in the 70’s classic sitcom All in the Family, passed away of natural causes in her home at the age of 90 according to her family.

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Responses

  1. I absolutely love her (and Edith Bunker). I am sad to hear she died.

    • So many people from my youth TV watching days are gone. It makes me more than a bit sad.

  2. She was an amazing actress on a groundbreaking show. Ms. Stapleton reminds me of my own mother who loved watching All in the Family, mostly because of her role as Edith, as my mother saw a lot of herself in the character. Rest in peace, Jean Stapleton. You enriched our lives in many ways.

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