One of the most beloved characters in television history has bid her final farewell.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jean Stapleton, known for her role as Edith Bunker on All In The Family, passed away on Saturday at her home in New York City of natural causes. She was 90 years old.
In a statement released by her children, Pamela and John, they spoke very highly of Stapleton:
“Being the children of a beloved Mother on Television means sharing the spirit of who Jean Stapleton was with her friends and fans. It is with great love and heavy hearts that we say farewell to our collective Mother, with a capital M. Her devotion to her craft and her family taught us all great life lessons.”
While not originally written into All In The Family as a series regular, “Edith” quickly warmed the hearts of viewers, partly because she was a very sweet character and partly because she had to deal with the antics of her husband, Archie. While she seemed to be a little “spacey,” at times, Stapleton’s character always had a moral point that made always made Archie proud.
After the show ended in 1978, Stapleton went on to have roles in several made for television movies and had small roles in big screen films. A little known fact about Stapleton is that back in the 1980s, Hollywood rumors were swirling that she was going to be starring in a huge television show. Unfortunately (or, depending on the reason, fortunately), she turned the role down. The job eventually went to Angela Lansbury; yes, Stapleton turned down Murder, She Wrote.
Stapleton’s last known role was in 1998 when she did a voice-over for Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. She will be missed.