More Than Just One Role

When actress Jean Stapleton passed away this weekend, many fans rightfully remembered her brilliant, multiple-award-winning performance as Edith Bunker in one of the greatest television comedies of all time, All in the Family. She was the "dingbat" wife of Archie Bunker, able to bring out the human side of her on-screen husband, who otherwise would often be nothing more than a bigot. Her character was complex, conveying more by what she didn't say than by what she did. At times she came across as the wisest of the ensemble bunch. It shouldn't be forgotten that Stapleton had a lengthy acting career, more than just the iconic sitcom role that will be her legacy.

Her stagework included performances in Damn Yankees, Funny Girl, and more recently a revival of Arsenic and Old Lace

Her television work began in the early 1950s and continued through the decades with appearances on Dr. Kildare, Dennis the Menace, Naked City, Car 54 Where Are You, My Three Sons, The Patty Duke Show, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Faerie Tale Theatre, The Love Boat, Bagdad Cafe, Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories, The Ray Bradbury Theater, Grace Under Fire, Caroline in the City, Murphy Brown, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Touched by an Angel.

Her film work included roles in Michael, Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World, and You've Got Mail.

May she rest in peace.


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