Okay..I am so far behind with posting that it's not even funny. The last one was seriously almost two weeks ago? Shout out to those that still follow this blog in spite of my now infrequent posting. And especially since lately it seems that all I'm talking about is death and movies. I'll try to get better with that. But for now, I have to talk about a couple of notable ones...
Actress Jean Stapleton passed away from natural causes June 1st. She was 90-years-old.
Of course she is best known for her iconic role as Edith Bunker on "All in the Family". Although I never got into that show, it is responsible for spinning off one of my favorite shows of all-time: "The Jeffersons". That alone merits her getting recognition in the form of her own obit post. Even though I thought it was odd that neither of the Bunkers ever made a guest appearance on "The Jeffersons". At least not that I can recall.
Now don't get me wrong, I did watch a few occasional episodes of "All in the Family". Mainly to see what all the fuss was about. I was probably too young to fully appreciate it, but I could catch a joke here and there. I also noticed how dramatically different all the characters were. Which then caused me to constantly wonder (and still til this day) why would someone as mild-mannered and warm-hearted as Edith (Stapleton) be with Archie (Carroll O'Connor) in the first place? You seriously could not have had a better example of opposites attracting.
Stapleton had several other roles over the course of the years besides Edith. Mainly in movies though. Some of them in guest spots on tv shows periodically. However, none of her other roles were ever as big as the mark she made with "All in the Family". Nothing wrong with that at all when you considering how groundbreaking that show was with pushing the limits.
Rest in peace, Edith.