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I was also sad to learn about Jean Stapleton,a wonderful actress who succeeded on Broadway,TV either comedy/drama . I was reading in my TV reference book,in '79-'80 season,Sally Struthers&Rob Reiner had already left "All In The Family',the series was renamed 'Archie Bunker's Place". Jean wasn't in many of those episodes,asked the producers to be let out of her contract .In the '80-81 tv season,the writers had Edith die suddenly of a stroke. The show was never the same after she left in my opinion.
Some actresses/actors will become typed cast after creating memorable tv roles,it didn't happen to either Jean Stapleton or Carroll O'Connor. She did feature films,a tv movie playing Eleanor Roosevelt in '82. Carroll did another tv show"In The Heat of The Night' '88-'94,based on the movie. He played the Chief of Police,Bill Gillespie.
I'm sure Rob Reiner&Sally Struthers are mourning the loss of their'tv mom' Sue