Stapleton died of natural causes Friday (May 31) at her home in New York, the Los Angeles Times reports. She was 90.
A native of New York City, Stapleton moved between stage, movie and TV roles in the 1950s and ’60s, including both the Broadway and film versions of “Damn Yankees.” That role helped her land the role of Edith Bunker in the classic CBS sitcom, which ran from 1971-79.
Stapleton won three Emmys for her role as Edith and was at the center of one of “All in the Family’s” most memorable episodes, “Edith’s 50th Birthday.” The 1977 episode features Edith fending off a rapist who enters the Bunker home while the rest of the family is setting up a party for her next door.
She appeared briefly on the spinoff “Archie Bunker’s Place” before asking to leave the show in 1979. Her post-“All in the Family” credits also include “You’ve Got Mail,” “Bagdad Cafe” and episodes of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Murphy Brown” and “Touched by an Angel.”
Take a look at Stapleton in a classic Edith moment, describing an accident she had at the supermarket: