Jean Stapleton

Actor, Singer, Secretary
Having caterwauled her way into American livings rooms with her weekly rendition of "Those Were the Days" and her TV chair winding up residing in the Smithsonian along with her bigoted TV husband's, Jean Stapleton ... Read more »
Born: 01/19/1923 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (64)

Pursuit of Happiness 2003 (Movie)

Lorraine Conrad (Actor)

Baby 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1994 - 1997, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Beakman's World 1992 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Chance of a Lifetime 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories 1991 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Style & Substance 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

You've Got Mail 1998 (Movie)

Birdie (Actor)

Caroline in the City 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grace Under Fire 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murphy Brown 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World 1997 (Movie)

of Mrs Jenkins (Voice)

The 23rd Annual People's Choice Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Performer

Lily Dale 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Michael 1996 (Movie)

Pansy Milbank (Actor)

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle 1993 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 48th Annual Tony Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Parallax Garden 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Trial 1993 (Movie)

Landlady (Actor)

Bagdad Cafe 1989 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 23rd Annual NAACP Image Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Performer

CBS Comedy Bloopers 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Let Me Hear You Whisper 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Boss 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

Faerie Tale Theatre 1982 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Tender Places 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

We the People 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Agatha Christie's "Dead Man's Folly" 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Grown Ups 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Parade of Stars 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Good Evening, Captain 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

All in the Family 1970 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

You Can't Take It With You 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS: On the Air 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Cold Turkey 1971 (Movie)

Mayor's wife (Actor)

Klute 1971 (Movie)

Goldfarb's secretary (Actor)

Up the Down Staircase 1967 (Movie)

Sadie Finch (Actor)

Bells Are Ringing 1960 (Movie)

Sue (Actor)

Something Wild 1960 (Movie)

Shirley Johnson (Actor)

Damn Yankees 1958 (Movie)

Sister (Actor)

Woman With a Past 1953 - 1954 (TV Show)

Actor

A Matter of Sex (TV Show)

Actor

Angel Dusted (TV Show)

Actor

Aunt Mary (TV Show)

Actor

Fire in the Dark (TV Show)

Actor

Ghost Mom (TV Show)

Actor

Isabel's Choice (TV Show)

Actor

Jack and the Beanstalk (Movie)

(Actor)

Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (TV Show)

Actor

Scarecrow and Mrs. King (TV Show)

Actor

Tail Gunner Joe (TV Show)

Actor

The Habitation of Dragons (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Having caterwauled her way into American livings rooms with her weekly rendition of "Those Were the Days" and her TV chair winding up residing in the Smithsonian along with her bigoted TV husband's, Jean Stapleton defied all Hollywood convention and played no small part in changing America's very culture with her integral role on the groundbreaking Norman Lear sitcom, "All in the Family" (CBS, 1971-79). A lifelong character actress who achieved household-name status weathering the baleful verbal assaults of her linear-thinking TV husband Archie Bunker, Stapleton played the shrill-voiced Edith with such comic yet empathetic aplomb that she became an almost ironic light in the women's rights movement. She would build upon her social-minded legacy after the show ended by way of a 20-year, off-and-on succession of jobs playing the social activist and diplomat Eleanor Roosevelt on stage and screen. Far from a typical leading-lady type, she nevertheless earned unqualified primacy as a television actress, garnering three Emmy Awards during her "All in the Family" run and endearing Edith in American households as a symbol of simple common decency steadfast amid troubled times and ignorant bluster. She effectively retired from screen acting in 2001 and died in May 2013 at the age of 90.

Relationships

Joseph Murray

Father

Marie Murray

Mother

William Putch

Husband
married from October 26, 1957 until his death in 1983 ran the Totem Pole Playhouse in Fayetteville, Pennsylvania from the 1950s to the 80s

Pamela Putch

Daughter
associate producer on "Muscle" and other sitcoms

John Putch

Son
formed Putchfilms

EDUCATION

American Apprentice Theatre

studied with Carli Laklan

Hunter College

New York , New York

studied with Harold Clurman

American Theatre Wing

New York , New York
studied with Joseph Anthony and Peter Frye

American Actors Company

studied with Jane Rose and William Hansen

Milestones

2001

Cast as prominent NYC resident Irene Silverman in the based-on-fact CBS drama "Like Mother Like Son: The Strange Story of Sante and Kenny Kimes" opposite Mary Tyler Moore

2000

Co-starred with Farrah Fawcett in the well-received TNT original "Baby"

1998

Reteamed with Ephron for a supporting role in "You've Got Mail"

1996

Played a woman who claims to see an angel in the comedy "Michael," directed by Nora Ephron

1996

Had supporting role in the Showtime film "Lily Dale"

1994

Starred in family series "Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle" for Showtime

1990

Returned to series TV as co-star with Whoopi Goldberg on the short-lived CBS sitcom "Bagdad Cafe"

1989

Appeared off-Broadway in revival of Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party"

1987

Toured in "Arsenic and Old Lace"

1984

Turned down lead in CBS series "Murder, She Wrote"

1984

Made operatic debut in "Candide" at Baltimore Opera Company

1983

Starred in "The Late Christopher Bean" at Kennedy Center

1982

Played Eleanor Roosevelt in "Eleanor, First Lady of the World" (CBS)

1981

Co-starred with son John Putch in "Angel Dusted" (NBC)

1980

Edith Bunker character died in her sleep of a heart attack during November 1980 episode of "Archie Bunker's Place" titled "Archie Alone"

1979

Reprised Edith Bunker on spin-off series "Archie Bunker's Place" (CBS) in limited appearances

1978

Played title role of "Aunt Mary" in CBS TV-movie

1977

TV-movie debut in "Tail Gunner Joe" (NBC)

1968

Cast as Edith Bunker, the wife of working class bigot Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor) on the CBS sitcom "All in the Family"

1960

Reprised role of "Sue" in film version of "Bells Are Ringing"

1958

Film debut, reprised role of "Sister" in "Damn Yankees"

1958

Appeared in numerous productions at the Totem Pole Playhouse, Fayetteville, PA; theater founded with husband William H. Putch

1956

Originated role of "Sue" in "Bells Are Ringing"

1955

Originated role of "Sister" in "Damn Yankees"

1954

TV series debut as Gwen in "Woman With a Past" (CBS)

1953

Broadway debut as Inez in "The Summer House",

1948

New York debut as Mrs. Watty in "The Corn is Green"

1940

Acting debut in stock at the Peterborough Playhouse, Peterborough, New Hampshire

1940

Sang with Robert Shaw Chorale in Double Dozen Double Damask Dinner Napkins

Toured in one-woman show "Eleanor" about First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt

Bonus Trivia

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Stapleton was U.S. Commissioner to the International Women's Year Commission and National Conference of Women in 1977.

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On watching reruns of "All in the Family" (CBS): "I watch it much more objectively now, and with less criticism. I look at it and think, 'Hmmmm, that's very good.'" – Stapleton quoted in New York Post, June 6, 1994

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Stapleton received honorary degrees from Monmouth College in New Jersey, Emerson College in Massachusetts, and Hood College in Maryland.

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