Jean Stapleton


Jean Stapleton was an American actress who became a household name for her role as Edith Bunker in the television series “All in the Family.” She was born on January 19, 1923, in Manhattan, New York City, and passed away on May 31, 2013, at the age of 90. In this blog post, we will delve into her biography, awards, children, cause of death, and more.


Jean Stapleton

Early Life and Career

Stapleton was born into a family of performers. Her mother was an opera singer, and her father was a billboard advertising salesman who later became a stage manager. She attended Hunter College in New York City and began her career in theater, appearing in various productions in the 1940s and 1950s.

She made her television debut in 1953 on an episode of “Robert Montgomery Presents.” She went on to make appearances on various television shows, including “Dr. Kildare,” “The Defenders,” and “The Patty Duke Show.”

Breakthrough Role

Stapleton’s breakthrough role came in 1971 when she was cast as Edith Bunker in the television series “All in the Family.” The show was a hit and ran for nine seasons, cementing Stapleton’s place in television history. Her portrayal of Edith Bunker earned her three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award.

After “All in the Family” ended, Stapleton continued to act in television and film. She appeared in “You’ve Got Mail,” “Michael,” and “Touched by an Angel,” among other projects.


Emmy Awards

Stapleton won three Emmy Awards for her role as Edith Bunker in “All in the Family.” She won in 1971, 1972, and 1978.

Golden Globe Award

Stapleton won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical for her role in “All in the Family” in 1979.


John Putch

Stapleton had two children with her husband, William Putch. Their son, John Putch, is an actor and director who has worked on projects such as “Mojave Phone Booth” and “Cougar Club.”

Pamela Putch

Stapleton’s daughter, Pamela Putch, is a television producer who has worked on shows such as “The Leftovers” and “United States of Tara.”

Cause of Death

Alzheimer’s Disease

Stapleton passed away on May 31, 2013, at her home in New York City. The cause of death was complications from Alzheimer’s disease.


Jean Stapleton was a talented actress who left a lasting impact on television. Her portrayal of Edith Bunker in “All in the Family” is still remembered and celebrated today. Her legacy lives on through her children and the countless fans who continue to enjoy her work.

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