However, with the news of Jean Stapleton’s passing today, a little spark from my young adult years was extinguished.
My memories of this gifted actress during her multi-Emmy award-winning role of the character, Edith, in the acclaimed sitcom, “All In The Family“, were many and still bring a smile to my face. Do they even make actresses like this anymore? Or sitcoms?
“All In The Family” will go down in television history as one of – if not the best sitcom ever. It was groundbreaking and producer Norman Lear was an incredible visionary.
This producers of this show took unprecedented risks in their storyline – pushing the barriers and challenging the viewers. It was an incredible body of work.
Jean Stapleton, although known for her light-hearted, naive “Edith the wife” role, displayed incredible depth as the show evolved, adding drama mixed with comedy. She showed many dark sides to her sweet personality – her fight with breast cancer, the episode where she was raped etc.
It was a marvel to see her multi-faceted acting talent and she was in a class of her own. Thank heavens that repeats of the show are still on the air. Memories will still live on!
R.I.P. Jean Stapleton. You were one in a million. And we send our deepest condolences to her family and close circle of friends.