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Jean Stapleton

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)

Jean Stapleton


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.

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TV Appearances

Main cast 
Bagdad Cafe (1990)As: Jasmine Zweibel
Archie Bunker's Place (1979)As: Edith Bunker (S01)
All in the Family (1971)As: Edith Bunker
Tony Awards (1967)As: Herself (Co-Host 1977)
Woman With A Past (1954)As: Gwen (1954)
Episode Cast Credits 

TV Land Top 10 (2004) 
  Top 10 TV Spinoffs 01x11: (2006) As Herself 

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV (2003) 
  1st Annual TV Land Awards 01x01: (Mar/12/2003) As Herself 

Intimate Portrait (1993) 
  Isabel Sanford 09x06: (Feb/03/2003) As Herself 

E! True Hollywood Story (1996) 
  All in the Family 04x33: (Aug/27/2000) As Herself 

Touched by an Angel (1994) 
  Mother's Day 06x25: (May/14/2000) As Emma, [Special Guest Stars]

The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996) 
  March 24, 1998 02x62: (Mar/24/1998) As Herself 

Style and Substance (1998) 
  A Recipe for Disaster 01x04: (Jan/26/1998) As Gloria Utley 

Everybody Loves Raymond (1996) 
  I Wish I Were Gus 01x04: (Sep/27/1996) As Aunt Alda 

Murphy Brown (1988) 
  All in the Family 08x12: (Jan/08/1996) As Nana Silverberg 

Caroline in the City (1995) 
  Caroline and the Opera 01x07: (Nov/09/1995) As Aunt Mary Kosky 

Grace Under Fire (1993) 
  The Road to Paris, Texas 02x07: (Nov/08/1994) As Aunt Vivian 

The Ray Bradbury Theater (1985) 
  Fee Fie Foe Fum 06x06: (Aug/21/1992) As Grandma 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) 
  Show #4133 28x88: (Mar/27/1990) As Herself 
  March 30, 1973 11x36: (Mar/30/1973) As Herself 

Trying Times (1987) 
  The Boss 02x05: (Nov/09/1989) As Edna 

The Love Boat (1977) 
  Egyptian Cruise (2) 09x15: (Feb/08/1986) As Unknown 
  Egyptian Cruise (1) 09x14: (Feb/08/1986) As Unknown 

Faerie Tale Theatre (1982) 
  Cinderella 04x05: (Aug/14/1985) As Fairy Godmother 
  Grimm Party 04x04: (Jul/17/1985) As Herself 
  Jack and the Beanstalk 02x04: (Sep/08/1983) As Giantess 

Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1983) 
  The Three Faces of Emily 02x11: (Dec/31/1984) As Lady Emily Farnsworth 
  The Legend of Das Geisterschloss 02x04: (Oct/22/1984) As Lady Emily Farnsworth 

Hallmark Hall Of Fame (1951) 
  Aunt Mary 29x02: (Dec/05/1979) As Mary Dobkin 

All in the Family (1971) 
  A Girl Like Edith 09x15: (Jan/14/1979) As Judith Klammerstadt 

The Muppet Show (1976) 
  Jean Stapleton 03x03: (Oct/05/1978) As Herself 

The Emmy Awards (1949) 
  The 30th Annual Emmy Awards 30x01: (Sep/17/1978) As Winner: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (for 'All in the Family') 
  The 24th Annual Emmy Awards 24x01: (May/06/1972) As Winner: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (for 'All in the Family') 
  The 23rd Annual Emmy Awards 23x01: (May/09/1971) As Winner: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (for 'All in the Family') 

The Mike Douglas Show (1963) 
  Aug. 24, 1977 18x01: (Aug/24/1977) As Herself 

Tony Awards (1967) 
  The 31st Annual Tony Awards 11x01: (Jun/05/1977) As Herself (Co-Host) 

Saturday Night Live (1975) 
  Norman Lear/Boz Scaggs 02x02: (Sep/25/1976) As Herself, [Uncredited]

Cher (1975) 
  Show 9 01x09: (Apr/13/1975) As Herself 

The Carol Burnett Show (1967) (1967) 
  with Jean Stapleton and Phil Silvers 08x23: (Mar/29/1975) As Herself 

The Golden Globes (1944) 
  The 31st Annual Golden Globe Awards 31x01: (Jan/28/1974) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical (for 'All in the Family') 
  The 30th Annual Golden Globe Awards 30x01: (Jan/28/1973) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical (for 'All in the Family') 

The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour (1971) 
  Show 43 03x24: (Mar/21/1973) As Herself (cameo) 
  Show 33 03x14: (Jan/03/1973) As Herself 
  Show 13 02x07: (Feb/07/1972) As Herself 
  Show 9 02x03: (Jan/10/1972) As Herself (cameo) 

The Electric Company (1971) 
  Show 166 02x36: (Dec/11/1972) As Herself 

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968) 
  Episode #123 06x07: (Oct/23/1972) As Herself 
  Episode #116 05x24: (Mar/20/1972) As Herself 

The Patty Duke Show (1963) 
  The Raffle 02x20: (Jan/27/1965) As Mrs. Pollack 

My Three Sons (1960) 
  The People's House 04x28: (Mar/26/1964) As Molly Dunbar 

Route 66 (1960) (1960) 
  93 Percent in Smiling 04x12: (Dec/20/1963) As Mrs. Snyder 

The Eleventh Hour (US) (1962) 
  The Bride Wore Pink 02x10: (Dec/04/1963) As Rosa Criley 

Naked City (1958) 
  The Highest of Prizes 04x23: (Feb/27/1963) As Mrs. Trellis 
  The Multiplicity of Herbert Konish 03x29: (May/23/1962) As Marilyn Konish 
  Bullets Cost Too Much 02x10: (Jan/04/1961) As Mrs. Ferguson 

Car 54, Where are You? (1961) 
  Je t'adore Muldoon 02x15: (Dec/30/1962) As Unknown 

The Defenders (1961) (1961) 
  The Hidden Jungle 02x11: (Dec/01/1962) As Mrs. Larsen 

The Nurses (1962) 
  The Barbara Bowers Story 01x04: (Oct/18/1962) As Mrs. Montgomery 

Dennis the Menace (1959) (1959) 
  Mr. Wilson's Housekeeper 03x23: (Mar/11/1962) As (unknown) 

Dr. Kildare (1961) 
  The Patient 01x09: (Nov/23/1961) As Nurse Whitney 

The Philco Television Playhouse (1948) 
  A Business Proposition 08x04: (Oct/23/1955) As guest star 

The Lux Video Theatre (1950) 
  A Time for Heroes 03x26: (Mar/02/1953) As Teacher 

Robert Montgomery Presents Your Lucky Strike Theatre (1950) 
  Storm 03x16: (Feb/25/1952) As guest star 
Trivia

Mother of actor/director John Putch.

Met her husband while doing Summer stock theater in Caledonia State Park, outside Chambersburg, PA, his hometown.

While still a struggling actress Jean landed a small part on The Defenders, a courtroom series. A part of her role was to point out the murderer, who happened to be Carroll O'Connor, her husband in the longrunning series "All in the Family."

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."

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