‘All in the Family’ Star Dies

June 1, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

“All in the Family” actress Jean Stapleton died on May 31. 

The show, which ran in the 1970’s, dealt with the big issues of the day, including racism.

“‘All in the Family'” was one of television’s most popular shows as it broke ground while tackling a host of social issues such as racism, sexuality, life and death. Edith Bunker, played by Stapleton, for instance revealed that she had breast cancer on the show, a rare occurrence at the time,” according to CNN.

“I just loved doing it from the very beginning,” Stapleton told CNN in 2001.

Stapleton also appeared in a range of other films and television series, including “You’ve Got Mail” and “Pursuit of Happiness.”

Stapleton’s son John Putch and his sister Pamela said in a statement that their mother’s “devotion to her craft and her family taught us all great life lessons.”

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