Jean Stapleton (1923–2013)

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Jean Stapleton was born Jeanne Murray in Manhattan, New York City, to Marie A. (Stapleton), an opera singer, and Joseph Edward Murray, a billboard advertising salesman. Her paternal grandparents were Irish. She was a cousin of actress Betty Jane Watson. Other relatives in show business were her uncle, Joseph E. Deming, a vaudevillian; and her ... See full bio »

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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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All in the Family Edith Bunker / Edith Justice / Judith Klammerstadt
Michael Pansy Milbank
Faerie Tale Theatre Fairy Godmother / The Giantess
Up the Down Staircase Sadie Finch


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 2001 Pursuit of Happiness
 2000 Baby (TV Movie)
 2000 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
- Mother's Day (2000) ... Emma
 1998 You've Got Mail
Birdie Conrad
 1998 Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (Video)
Mrs. Jenkins (voice)
 1998 Chance of a Lifetime (TV Movie)
Mrs. Dunbar
 1998 Style & Substance (TV Series)
- A Recipe for Disaster (1998) ... Gloria
 1996 1914-1918 (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Edith Wilson
- War Without End (1996) ... Edith Wilson (voice)
 1996 Michael
Pansy Milbank
 1996 Beakman's World (TV Series)
Beakman's Mom
- Elephants, Beakmania and X-Rays (1996) ... Beakman's Mom
 1996 Everybody Loves Raymond (TV Series)
Aunt Alda
- I Wish I Were Gus (1996) ... Aunt Alda
 1996 Lily Dale (TV Movie)
Mrs. Coons
 1996 Murphy Brown (TV Series)
Nana Silverberg
- All in the Family (1996) ... Nana Silverberg
 1995 Caroline in the City (TV Series)
Aunt Mary Kosky
- Caroline and the Opera (1995) ... Aunt Mary Kosky
 1994 Grace Under Fire (TV Series)
Aunt Vivian
- The Road to Paris, Texas (1994) ... Aunt Vivian
 1994 Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (TV Series)
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
- The Radish Cure (1994) ... Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
- The Crybaby Cure (1994) ... Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
- The Never-Want-To-Go-To-Bedders Cure (1994) ... Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
- The Not Truthful Cure (1994) ... Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
- The Pet Forgetters Cure (1994) ... Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
 1993 Ghost Mom (TV Movie)
 1993 The Trial
Landlady (uncredited)
 1992 The Ray Bradbury Theatre (TV Series)
- Fee Fie Foe Fum (1992) ... Grandma
 1992 The Habitation of Dragons (TV Movie)
Lenora Tolliver
 1992 Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories (TV Series)
- Elizabeth and Larry/Bill and Pete (1992) ... Narrator (voice)
 1991 Fire in the Dark (TV Movie)
 1990-1991 Bagdad Cafe (TV Series)
Jasmine Zweibel
- Prisoner of Love (1991) ... Jasmine Zweibel
- Over My Dead Body (1991) ... Jasmine Zweibel
- Hell Hath No Fury (1990) ... Jasmine Zweibel
- Rainy Days and Mondays (1990) ... Jasmine Zweibel
- I Got a Crush on You (1990) ... Jasmine Zweibel
 1990 Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (TV Movie)
Mother Goose
 1990 American Playwrights Theater: The One-Acts (TV Series)
- Let Me Hear You Whisper (1990) ... Helen
 1989 Trying Times (TV Series)
- The Boss (1989) ... Edna
 1987 Tender Places (TV Movie)
 1986 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Helen Branigan
- Egyptian Cruise: Part 2 (1986) ... Helen Branigan
- Egyptian Cruise: Part 1 (1986) ... Helen Branigan
 1986 Dead Man's Folly (TV Movie)
Ariadne Oliver
 1985 Great Performances (TV Series)
- Grown-Ups (1985) ... Helen
 1983-1985 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
Fairy Godmother / The Giantess
- Cinderella (1985) ... Fairy Godmother
- Jack and the Beanstalk (1983) ... The Giantess
 1984 Scarecrow and Mrs. King (TV Series)
Lady Emily Farnsworth
- The Three Faces of Emily (1984) ... Lady Emily Farnsworth
- The Legend of Das Geisterschloss (1984) ... Lady Emily Farnsworth
 1984 The Buddy System
Mrs. Price
 1984 A Matter of Sex (TV Movie)
 1982 Something's Afoot (TV Movie)
Miss Tweed
 1982 Eleanor, First Lady of the World (TV Movie)
Eleanor Roosevelt
 1981 Isabel's Choice (TV Movie)
Isabel Cooper
 1981 Captain Kangaroo (TV Series)
Freddie's Mom
 1981 Angel Dusted (TV Movie)
Betty Eaton
 1979 Archie Bunker's Place (TV Series)
Edith Bunker
- The Shabbat Dinner (1979) ... Edith Bunker
- Thanksgiving Reunion: Part 2 (1979) ... Edith Bunker
- Thanksgiving Reunion: Part 1 (1979) ... Edith Bunker
- Edith Versus the Energy Crisis (1979) ... Edith Bunker
- Edith Gets Hired (1979) ... Edith Bunker
 1979 Aunt Mary (TV Movie)
Mary Dobkin
 1979 You Can't Take It with You (TV Movie)
Penny Sycamore
 1968-1979 All in the Family (TV Series)
Edith Bunker / Edith Justice / Judith Klammerstadt
- Too Good Edith (1979) ... Edith Bunker
- The Return of Stephanie's Father (1979) ... Edith Bunker
- The Family Next Door (1979) ... Edith Bunker
- Edith Gets Fired (1979) ... Edith Bunker
- Stephanie's Conversion (1979) ... Edith Bunker
 1977 Tail Gunner Joe (TV Movie)
Mrs. DeCamp
 1973 Acts of Love and Other Comedies (TV Movie)
Gina's Mother
 1971 Klute
Goldfarb's Secretary
 1971 Cold Turkey
Mrs. Wappler
 1968 Justice for All (TV Movie)
Edith Justice
 1967 Up the Down Staircase
Sadie Finch
 1965 The Patty Duke Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Pollack
- The Raffle (1965) ... Mrs. Pollack
 1964 My Three Sons (TV Series)
Molly Dunbar
- The People's House (1964) ... Molly Dunbar
 1963 Route 66 (TV Series)
Mrs. Snyder
- 93 Percent in Smiling (1963) ... Mrs. Snyder
 1963 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Rosa Criley
- The Bride Wore Pink (1963) ... Rosa Criley
 1961-1963 Naked City (TV Series)
Mrs. Trellis / Marilyn Konish / Mrs. Ferguson
- The Highest of Prizes (1963) ... Mrs. Trellis
- The Multiplicity of Herbert Konish (1962) ... Marilyn Konish
- Bullets Cost Too Much (1961) ... Mrs. Ferguson
 1962 Car 54, Where Are You? (TV Series)
Mrs. Duggan
- Je T'Adore Muldoon (1962) ... Mrs. Duggan (uncredited)
 1962 The Defenders (TV Series)
Mrs. Larsen
- The Hidden Jungle (1962) ... Mrs. Larsen
 1962 Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine (TV Series)
Nagging Wife
- Episode #1.5 (1962) ... Nagging Wife
 1962 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Mrs. Montgomery
- The Barbara Bowers Story (1962) ... Mrs. Montgomery
 1962 Dennis the Menace (TV Series)
Mrs. Flora Davis
- Mr. Wilson's Housekeeper (1962) ... Mrs. Flora Davis
 1961 Something Wild
Shirley Johnson
 1961 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Nurse Whitney
- The Patient (1961) ... Nurse Whitney
 1960 Bells Are Ringing
 1958 Damn Yankees
Sister Miller
 1954-1956 Omnibus (TV Series) (segment "The Best Year in the History of the Whole World") / (segment "A House of Cards")
- The Best Year in the History of the Whole World (1956) ... (segment "The Best Year in the History of the Whole World")
- The Second Shepherds' Play (1954) ... (segment "A House of Cards")
 1955 Repertory Theatre (TV Series)
Bus Girl
- A Business Proposition (1955) ... Bus Girl
 1954 Woman with a Past (TV Series)
 1953 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
- A Time for Heroes (1953) ... Teacher
 1952 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- Storm (1952)
 1951 Starlight Theatre (TV Series)
- The Come-Back (1951) ... Woman
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(February 13 to March 20, 1984) She acted in George Kelly's play, "The Show-Off," at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey with Orson Bean, Sally Dunn and Pamela Burrell in the cast. William H. Putch was director. James M. Fouchard was scenic designer. David Kissel was lighting designer. Arnold S. Levine was costume ... See more »

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Giovanna Pucci


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[on her most famous character, Edith] She is not the typical American housewife. At least, I *hope* she's not the typical American housewife. What Edith represents is the housewife who is still in bondage to the male figure, very submissive and restricted to the home. She is very naive, and she kind of thinks through a mist, and she lacks the education to expand her world. I would hope that most ... See more »


Was offered a role in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), but turned it down to work on the pilot of All in the Family (1971). See more »


Her high-pitched nasally voice (as Edith Bunker on All in the Family (1971)). See more »

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