Jean Stapleton

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Sun Jun 2 11:08:54 EDT 2013

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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