Jean Stapleton passed away over the weekend at the age of 90. She was an incredibly talented actress best remembered for her roll in All In The Family, as Edith Bunker.
Many people have forgotten what ground breaking and even controversial television that show was. Yes, Edith played the dingbat and provided comedy relief, but she also provided stirring reality in a dramatic rape scene. The show dealt with racism, homophobia and the Vietnam War in a way that made America laugh. All in the Family could probably not be made today.
Most people don’t know the show was based on a British program and originally cast for Jackie Gleason. While that never came to fruition, it is hard to think of anyone but Carroll O’Conner in the roll of Archie.
I will never forget Jean Stapelton. She will always be television’s First Mom and will be missed.