Lights Will Dim On Broadway Tonight For Jean Stapleton

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Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect

Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect

Marquees on Broadway Theaters will dim for one minute tonight at exactly 8:00 EDT  in honor of actress Jean Stapleton.

Stapleton died Friday at age 90.  She will always be most remembered as Edith Bunker on “All in the Family,” but her true love was theater.

She started acting in 1941 in summer stock in New England.  Her Broadway debut was “In the Summer House” in 1953.  She went on to have a long and successful career on Broadway including the original cast of  “Damn Yankees” and the original cast of “Funny Girl.”

Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League, said. “Her decades portraying a variety of roles on our Broadway and Off Broadway stages revealed her brilliance in believably playing many different characters. The range of her talent was also evident in that she could triumph in both musical comedies and serious dramas. She will be missed.”

Here’s Jean Stapleton with Tony Randall and Jason Robards doing what she loved best:

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