DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Jean Stapleton (aged 90)
Jean Stapleton (born Jeanne Murray; January 19, 1923 – May 31, 2013) was an iconic American character actress of stage, television and film.
Stapleton is best known for playing Edith Bunker, the long-suffering yet devoted wife of Archie Bunker, on the 1970s sitcom All in the Family, a role that earned her three Emmys and two Golden Globes for Best Actress in a comedy series. She also made occasional appearances on the All in the Familyfollow-up series Archie Bunker’s Place, but asked to be written out of the show during the first season due to becoming tired of the role.
DEATH: Stapleton died aged 90 of natural causes in New York City on May 31, 2013, surrounded by family and friends. Norman Lear said, “No one gave more profound ‘how to be a human being’ lessons than Jean Stapleton.” Roseanne Barr said that Stapleton’s range was “unbelievable, deep, and majestic.” Co-star Rob Reiner said, “Working with her was one of the greatest experiences of my life.” Sally Struthers said, “Jean lived so in the present. She was a Christian Scientist who didn’t say or think a negative thing … She was just a walking, living angel”.