Jean Stapleton, 'All in the Family' star, dies at 90
NEW YORK (NBC) -- Actress Jean Stapleton, beloved for her role as Edith Bunker on the 1970s television series "All in the Family," died Friday at her home in New York City. She was 90.
Stapleton's family confirmed to NBC News that she died of natural causes. Her children Pamela Putch and John Putch wrote an obit in which they said their mother was surrounded by friends and her immediate family when she passed peacefully.
"All in the Family" ran from 1971-79 on CBS, and Stapleton played the better-half to the bigoted Archie Bunker, played by actor Carol O'Connor. O'Connor died in 2001 at age 76.
The show was a top-rated success and broke ground by dealing with controversial subject matter related to racism and sexism, among others. Stapleton's Edith provided the naive counterpoint to Archie's caustic social commentary.