NEW YORK:- Jean Stapleton, whose shrill-voiced housewife in the trailblazing "All in the Family" sitcom was one of US television's defining and most beloved characters, has died at the age of 90, media reports said on late Saturday. Stapleton came into her own as the retiring homebody Edith Bunker, who was often at odds with her curmudgeonly and bigoted husband Archie on the TV popular program.–AFP

Unbeknownst to many Americans, however, Stapleton was an accomplished stage actress before becoming a pop culture icon during her starring role in the 1970s Norman Lear television series.