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Jean Stapleton, the character actress whose portrayal of a slow-witted, big-hearted and submissive — up to a point — housewife on the groundbreaking series “All in the Family” made her, along with Mary Tyler Moore and Bea Arthur, not only one of the foremost women in television comedy in the 1970s but a symbol of emergent feminism in American popular culture, died on Friday at her home in New York City. She was 90.New York Times
All in the Family writer-producer Norman Lear said “No one gave more profound 'How to be a Human Being' lessons than Jean Stapleton,” while her costar Rob Reiner called her a “brilliant comedienne with exquisite timing.”
Jerry Pippin discuss the state of comedy in 1971 and today(2013).