Saturday, June 1

Jean Stapleton Dies at 90

Jean Stapleton
January 19, 1923 – May 31, 2013

Jean Stapleton, (nee Jeanne Murray), actress of stage, screen and television, died Friday, May 31, in New York City of natural causes.

Best known for her role of the naive, sweet and clueless Edith Bunker, wife to Archie on the long term sitcom (1971-'79) All in the Family, which held the No. 1 spot 1971-'76. Costars were Carroll O'Connor, Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers. Other television shows Stapleton appeared on are Car 54, The Patty Duke Show and Dennis the Menace.

The Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning actress appeared in films including, opposite John Travolta in Michael and with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in You've Got Mail.

The performer is survived by her two children, John Putch and actress Pamela Putch from a marriage to Jack Stapleton. Stapleton was 90.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at and and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on,, and in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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