Jean Stapleton, Edith from All in the Family, dies at 90

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Jean Stapleton, who brilliantly played Edith Bunker on All in the Family for nine seasons and whom earned three Emmys for her work, died Friday of natural causes at the age of 90. Though she cut her teeth in theater productions and would go on to land roles in feature films, Stapleton became an important figure in the changing face of television comedy as the co-star of what would become the first of many groundbreaking series created by Norman Lear.

On the surface, Stapleton’s character, Edith, was totally submissive to her bigoted, barely-educated husband Archie, played by Carroll O’Connor. But she regularly attempted to shut down Archie’s intolerance for minorities and, along with her daughter and son-in-law (Sally Struthers and Rob Reiner), represented society’s refusal to accept the ways of “the good old days.” The classically trained actress also brought drama to the small screen, turning in memorable turns in episodes that address Edith’s menopause, her cancer scare and an attempted rape, part of which you can watch below.

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