Jean Stapleton

Jean Stapleton

American stage, film and television actress
Date of Birth: 19.01.1923
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Jean Stapleton
  2. Early Career
  3. Breakthrough with "All in the Family"
  4. Later Career
  5. Personal Life

Biography of Jean Stapleton

Jean Stapleton, born Jean Murray on January 19, 1923, in New York City, USA, was an American actress of theater, film, and television. She was a recipient of the Golden Globe and Emmy Award.

Jean Stapleton

Early Career

Stapleton's career began in the mid-1950s on Broadway, where she appeared in several successful musicals such as "Damn Yankees," "Funny Girl," "Bells Are Ringing," and "Juno." It was her roles in "Damn Yankees" and "Bells Are Ringing," as well as their film adaptations, that played a significant role in Stapleton's career.

Breakthrough with "All in the Family"

Norman Lear, the creator of the television series "All in the Family," noticed Stapleton and invited her to play the role of Edith Bunker. This role became iconic for Stapleton. The series ran from 1971 to 1979, during which Stapleton was nominated for the Golden Globe and Emmy Award annually. She won the Emmy Award in 1971 and 1972 and the Golden Globe in 1973 and 1974. These were not her only nominations throughout her career.

Later Career

In 1982, Stapleton portrayed Eleanor Roosevelt in the television film "Eleanor, First Lady of the World." For this role, she received nominations for both the Golden Globe and Emmy Award. In 1992, she was once again nominated for the Golden Globe for her role in the television film "Fire in the Dark," and in 1995, she received an Emmy Award nomination for her role in an episode of the television series "Grace Under Fire."

Although Stapleton was primarily known as a television actress, in the 1990s, she also had notable roles in films. She had a minor role in the film "The Trial" (1993) alongside Anthony Hopkins and Kyle MacLachlan, and she played more substantial roles in the films "Michael" (1996) with John Travolta and Andie MacDowell and "You've Got Mail" (1998) with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

Personal Life

Stapleton was married to actor William Putch in 1956, early in her career. They had two children, John Putch and Pamela Putch, who both followed in their parents' footsteps and pursued careers in the film industry. Stapleton became a widow in November 1983. Currently, she resides in Manhattan, New York.