Mostly Credited As: Jean Stapleton Birth Name: Jeanne Murray Date Of Birth: January 19, 1923 (Age 90) Country Of Birth: USA Birth Place: Manhattan, New York City, New York Date Of Death: May 31, 2013 Cause Of Death: Natural causes (New York City, New York)
After Jean graduated from Wadleigh High School in New York City in 1939 she went on to attend Hunter College. She worked as a secretary before turning her attention to acting. She began working on the stage in 1941 at the Greenwood Playhouse in Peaks Island, Maine. Her New York debut was in a production of "The Corn is Green" in 1948. She later turned her attention to Broadway where she became an accomplished actress. But her best known role was as Archie Bunker's dim witted, tender--hearted wife Edith Baines Bunker. She began this role as a verbal punching bag to the volatile Archie, but by the end of the series run had toughened up to the point she could stand up to him. She decided the role had run its course after the series had changed it's title to "Archie Bunker's Place" in 1979 and after one season her beloved character was killed off. Jean would go back to the theater, her first love.
Met her husband while doing Summer stock theater in Caledonia State Park, outside Chambersburg, PA, his hometown. Jean was offered the role of Mrs. TeeVee on the original "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" movie but had to turn it down to film the "All in the Family" series pilot. Turned down the lead role of Jessica Fletcher on "Murder, She Wrote."