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'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
All in the Family 's Jean Stapleton Dead at 90
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.    (AP Photo/Jeff Taylor)

(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." (Read more Jean Stapleton stories.)

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