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Jean Stapleton
Born Jeanne Murray
January 19, 1923 (1923-01-19) (age 86)
New York City, New York,
United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1952–2006
Spouse(s) William H. Putch (1956–1983)

Jean Stapleton (born Jeanne Murray, January 19, 1923) is an American character actress of stage, television and film. Stapleton is best known for her portrayal of Edith Baines Bunker, the long-suffering, yet devoted wife of Archie Bunker (played by Carroll O'Connor) and mother of Gloria Bunker-Stivic (played by Sally Struthers), on the 1970s situation comedy All in the Family. Stapleton was also seen in the All in the Family follow-up series Archie Bunker's Place, but she left that show after one season.



Born in New York City, she began her career there in American Gothic, an Off Broadway play. She has been featured on Broadway in several hit musicals, such as Damn Yankees, Funny Girl, Bells Are Ringing, and Juno. She has guest starred in many television series, including the role of Rosa Criley in the 1963 episode "The Bride Wore Pink" on NBC's medical drama about psychiatry, The Eleventh Hour.

In 1982, Jean portrayed Eleanor Roosevelt in a television production of the First Lady's later life. Critics noticed the slight physical resemblance between the two women, which worked to the program's advantage. In 1998, and for a few years afterward, Stapleton took her "Eleanor" characterization to live theaters, now adapted as a one-woman show.

Stapleton's awards for All in the Family include three Emmys[1] and two Golden Globes. Jean was offered a role in the feature film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, but she declined because it coincided with the production of the All in the Family pilot.

Stapleton has also acted in made-for-TV movies and feature films such as Klute, the zany comedy Cold Turkey and the Faerie Tale Theatre episode "Cinderella" as the fairy godmother. She also had a recurring role on TV's Scarecrow and Mrs. King as a British spy. She appeared in the educational series Beakman's World in the role Beakmom. In 1996 she played the role of the eccentric rooming house owner, Pansy Milbank in Nora Ephron's Michael. Stapleton also appeared in the 1999 feature You've Got Mail as a close co-worker in whom Meg Ryan's character confides. She is said to have declined the lead on Murder, She Wrote with the role eventually going to Angela Lansbury. Stapleton performed in the CBS television series Touched By An Angel as an angel named Emma.

In 1996, Stapleton appeared in the Everybody Loves Raymond episode "I Wish I Were Gus" playing Marie Barone's eccentric sister, Ray's Aunt Alda.[2] In 1998, Stapleton guest-starred in the Jean Smart sitcom, Style & Substance, playing a former television chef who has since "lost her marbles". She co-starred in Bagdad Cafe with Whoopi Goldberg, the TV series based on the movie of the same name.

Personal life

Stapleton was married to William H. Putch, who died in 1983. For 30 years, he directed a summer stock theater, Totem Pole Playhouse, at Caledonia State Park in southern Pennsylvania. Stapleton performed occasionally at the theatre with the resident company. Together they had two children: actor/writer/director John Putch and actress Pamela Putch.

Jean Stapleton is not related to actress Maureen Stapleton. Stapleton is Jean's mother's maiden name. Jean Stapleton has relatives in show business, including actress cousin Betty Jane Watson.


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