Emmy winner and Broadway veteran Jean Stapleton, beloved for her role as Edith Bunker on TV's All in the Family, passed away in New York on June 1. She was 90 years old.
Stapleton won three Emmy Awards for her breakout role as Edith Bunker, the kindhearted foil to husband Archie, played by the late Carroll O'Connor. All in the Family was one of television's most popular shows as it broke ground while tackling a host of social issues such as racism, sexuality, life and death.
Stapleton made it to Broadway in the production In the Summer House in 1953. She was in the original casts of Damn Yankees, Bells Are Ringing and Funny Girl, with Barbra Streisand. After All in the Family, Stapleton continued working in theater, including her one-woman show Eleanor: Her Secret Journey, playing Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Broadway revival of Arsenic and Lace.
Stapleton is survived by her two children, Pamela and John, and grandchildren. Her husband, William Putch, passed away in 1983.