'All in the Family' star Jean Stapleton dies

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NEW YORK -- Norman Lear, who produced the groundbreaking 1970s TV comedy "All in the Family," says, "No one gave more profound 'How to be a Human Being' lessons than Jean Stapleton."

John Putch says his mother, who played Edith Bunker in the series, died Friday of natural causes at her New York City home surrounded by friends and family. She was 90.

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The stage-trained actress co-starred with Carroll O'Connor in the series about an unrepentant bigot, the wife he called "Dingbat," their daughter and liberal son-in-law.

Rob Reiner, who played the son-in-law, says Stapleton "was a brilliant comedienne with exquisite timing. Working with her was one of the greatest experiences of my life."

She received eight Emmy nominations and won three awards during her eight-year run with "All in the Family." The CBS series ranked as the No. 1-rated program for an unprecedented five years in a row.

(Associated Press)

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