Jean Stapleton, who played the lovable “dingbat” Edith Bunker on the groundbreaking 70s TV series All In The Family has died.
She was 90.
Her won John Putch said Stapleton died Friday of natural causes at her New York City home surrounded by friends and family.
Throughout her career which spanned over five-decades, Stapleton also appeared on stage and in such films as You’ve Got Mail and Michael.
Stapleton received eight Emmy nominations and won three awards during her eight-year run with All in the Family.’
“I wasn’t a leading lady type,” she once told The Associated Press. “I knew where I belonged. And actually, I found character work much more interesting than leading ladies.” Edith, of the dithery manner, cheerfully high-pitched voice and family loyalty, charmed viewers but was viewed by Stapleton as “submissive” and, she hoped, removed from reality.
In a 1972 New York Times interview, she said she didn’t think Edith was a typical American housewife “…at least I hope she’s not.”
Her character would eventually tackle previously unthinkable topics such as a breast cancer scare and menopause.
With files from The Associated Press