And now the angels in heaven are taking in Jean Stapleton’s beautiful hairline (which looks like upside down ocean waves of hair) and exquisitely drawn eyebrows (which I’m pretty sure were drawn on with a No.2 pencil and tar), because she died in NYC of natural causes yesterday. Jean was 90.
Jean was born in NYC and she started her career by yodeling and dancing on Broadway in Funny Girls, Damn Yankees and Bells are Ringing. She guest starred in a few TV shows before she got the role of lovable dingbat Edith Bunker in All in the Family. Jean won three Emmys and played Edith for 9 seasons. After All in the Family ended, she guest starred on a million more TV shows and played Birdie, the shop assistant whose nipples got hard for General Franco, in You’ve Got Mail.
Jean’s husband of 26 years, William Putch, died in 1983. She’s survived by her two kids.
Rest in peace, flawless dingbat…. You are now reunited with Archie Bunker. (In Edith’s case, I don’t know if that’s a good thing for a bad thing).