'Edith Bunker' Dead at 90

All in the Family 's Jean Stapleton dies of natural causes

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 1, 2013 5:16 PM CDT

(Newser) – Actress Jean Stapleton, best known for playing Edith Bunker in the 1970s sitcom All in the Family, has died, CNN reports. She was 90 years old. According to an obituary written by her children, the three-time Emmy winner "passed away peacefully of natural causes ... surrounded by friends and her immediate family" at her home in New York City yesterday. "In her own words, she was an 'actress,' not a celebrity," her children wrote in the obit. "The play always came first."

Actress Jean Stapleton speaks during an interview in Washington on Wednesday, March 3, 1977, saying she will increase speaking out to the Edith Bunkers of the land to try and muster support for the Equal Rights Amendment.
Actress Jean Stapleton speaks during an interview in Washington on Wednesday, March 3, 1977, saying she will increase speaking out to the "Edith Bunkers" of the land to try and muster support for the...   (AP Photo/Jeff Taylor)
This 1991 file photo shows Jean Stapleton in the off-Broadway musical theater piece called Bob Appetit.
This 1991 file photo shows Jean Stapleton in the off-Broadway musical theater piece called "Bob Appetit."   (AP Photo)
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