|RIP Jean Stapleton
Posted: June 3, 2013
by Ted Greenberg
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“Oh Archie.” Those simple two words turned into a symphony when given to actress Jean Stapleton. Her warbly voice made the three syllable phrase sound like a paragraph. She breathed life into Edith Bunker, the wife of the very challenging Archie Bunker (Carroll O’Connor) in the groundbreaking comedy All in the Family. Stapleton, who passed away at age 90 on Friday, had a long and storied career that spanned 60 years. But, she will be most remembered for Edith, her off-key singing and her exasperation at her husband’s backward views.
Her career began Off-Broadway in 1941. She appeared in many Broadway musicals, including Damn Yankees and Funny Girl. She appeared on some of TV’s legendary shows — Car 54 Where Are You?, Dr. Kildare, Dennis the Menace, The Muppet Show and more recently Everybody Loves Raymond. Her film credits include Michael and You’ve Got Mail.
Here’s an example of her great work on All in the Family. Edith’s Accident episode from the early 1970s.
Those were (certainly) the days. RIP Jean Stapleton. You were a comic gem.
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