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All in the Family

Jean Stapleton

Edith Bunker

For many years, Jean Stapleton was a supporting player in various stage productions. She began getting occasional roles on television in the 1960s on shows like Route 66, Dr. Kildare, Studio One and Philco Playhouse. Stapleton also garnered a few supporting parts in feature films like Damn Yankees and Bells Are Ringing.

She didn't achieve fame, however, until she was cast in the role of Edith Bunker on All in the Family. She remained with the show from 1971 through 1980, picking up three Emmys for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.

Stapleton has continued a healthy acting career, with parts on stage and in TV movies and feature films. She was seen on the TV series Caroline in the City, as well as in the films Michael and You've Got Mail.

Character Bio

Archie's devoted and dutiful wife may in fact be a bit of a "dingbat," as Archie calls her, but she's also the glue that holds the Bunker home together. Edith is yin to Archie's yang. Where he's opinionated and short-tempered, she's patient and unbiased. She's completely devoted to her husband, and sees him as a good man. She is warm-hearted, and knows how to keep her hubby happy - even though she doesn't always quite have a grasp on what's happening around her. Edith's maiden name is Baines, and she graduated from Millard Fillmore High School in 1943. The worst thing she ever did was steal a five-cent O'Henry candy bar when she was six years old, which she eventually brought back to the store. She did, however, have to pay a dime because the price had gone up.