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Tributes: Jean Stapleton

Monday, June 03, 2013

Jean Stapleton may be remembered for her television work, especially portraying Edith Bunker, the slow-witted housewife with a huge heart in the groundbreaking series, “All in the Family.”  Her screechy duet with Carroll O’Connor, singing “Those Were The Days” opened that show.  Yet both before and after that hit sitcom, she made a name for herself on the stage, appearing in everything from “Damn Yankees” and “Funny Girl” (opposite Barbra Streisand), as well as in works by Harold Pinter and Eugene Ionesco.  Off Broadway, she was an incredible Julia Child in the one-woman mini-musical, “Bon Appétit.”  She died at her home here in New York City at the age of 90.  And you can hear the three-time Emmy-winning actress speak with Leonard, in her own, natural voice, in April of 2002.

Jean Stapleton on the Leonard Lopate Show

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