All in the Family (Series) - TV Tropes
In the Heat of the Night, TV Show, Television Show, Carroll O'Connor so sad when . Slowly but surely, Lana and the Chief's relationship healed. . alan autry - Jeans, Alan Autry, Night, Eye Candy, Denim, Green Jean Stapleton as Edith Bunker in All in the Family passed away June at age 90 of natural causes. Stapleton had a long working relationship with playwright Horton Foote, from left, Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, and Sally Struthers pose. The opening credits featured Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton singing (with Stapleton also Gloria slaps Mike in a similar fashion in a couple of episodes.
We had to wear pajamas with the little pockets and a shirt. We were not allowed to say pregnant. I had seen too many housewives on television who were vacuuming in high heels and a floral printed frock.
I wanted to represent something of me. So I brought that to the show. I also brought my sense of honesty, my sense of truth.
Diahann Carroll on playing single-mother Julia Baker on Julia On television, Julia was the first non-conventional, educated, single mother who was outspoken. She raised her child…But no Black male was the argument. No image for the children to relate to a father. That was a very loud criticism. It may not have been his life, but we did talk about situations. Also, mother dated, and we brought the male into the house to say hello to the son. And, usually it was another professional Black that the young man was exposed to.
It represented a new thought. It represented something that was subject to a great deal of criticism. Edith was to give marital advice to her daughter.
So of course Edith said nothing. It is very funny and very much in character. The show business thing was secondary. And it also got every teenager in America thinking that they could do this.
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And we can get a bus. I can play the instrument. She understood the difference in all their personalities. It was a very loving relationship, and there was discipline.
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Strakosh in "Funny Girl" with Barbra Streisand. Others musicals and plays included "Bells Are Ringing," "Rhinoceros" and Damn Yankees," in which her performance -- and the nasal tone she used in "All in the Family" -- attracted Lear's attention and led to his auditioning her for the role of Archie's wife.
And actually, I found character work much more interesting than leading ladies. In a New York Times interview, she said she didn't think Edith was a typical American housewife -- "at least I hope she's not. 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 housewives are not like that," said Stapleton, whose character regularly obeyed her husband's demand to "stifle yourself.
She confounded Archie with her malapropos -- "You know what they say, misery is the best company" -- and open-hearted acceptance of others, including her beleaguered son-in-law and African-Americans and other minorities that Archie disdained.
As the series progressed, Stapleton had the chance to offer a deeper take on Edith as the character faced milestones including a breast cancer scare and menopause. She was proud of the show's political edge, citing an episode about a draft dodger who clashes with Archie as a personal favourite. But Stapleton worried about typecasting, rejecting any roles, commercials or sketches on variety shows that called for a character similar to Edith.
Despite pleas from Lear not to let Edith die, Stapleton left the show, re-titled "Archie's Place," inleaving Archie to carry on as a widower.
I'm not constituted as an actress to remain in the same role My identity as an actress is in jeopardy if I invested my entire career in Edith Bunker," she told the AP in She had no trouble shaking off Edith -- "when you finish a role, you're done with it.
There's no deep, spooky connection with the parts you play," she told the AP in -- but after O'Connor's death she got condolence letters from people who thought they were really married.
When people spotted her in public and called her "Edith," she would politely remind them that her name was Jean. Stapleton proved her own toughness when her husband of 26 years, William Putch, suffered a fatal heart attack in at age 60 while the couple was touring with a play directed by Putch.
Stapleton went on stage in Syracuse, N.