Jean Stapleton

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Sun Jun 2 21:00:46 EDT 2013


I had mentioned that to my family tonight at supper. She definitely had an
N&W connection.


Richard D. Shell
Troutville, VA

In a message dated 6/2/2013 5:18:52 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
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Yesterday and today the news media have been replete with the news of the
death of actress Jean Stapleton at 90 years of age(for instance today's
Roanoke Times devoted two page-length columns to her obit). She is best known
for her role as Edith (Dingbat) Bunker opposite Carroll O'Conner in the
award winning, long running TV show "All in the Family." Unlike her role as
Edith, she was reputed to be quite intellectual and devoid of Edith's high
pitch voice.

What is less well known is that Stapleton worked for the Norfolk and
Western Railway. I do not have the documentation in front of me, but my
recollection is that it was the Norfolk and Western Magazine, probably in the
1970's, that had an article pointing out that Stapleton had been a secretary in
the N&W's New York City sales office before her acting career took off.

Gordon Hamilton

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