'All in the Family's' Norman Lear, Rob Reiner Remember Jean Stapleton

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All in the Family producer Norman Lear and actor Rob Reiner have paid tribute to Jean Stapleton, who died at age 90 at her home in New York on Friday. 

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Lear, the writer-producer who cast Stapleton in what became her most famous role, Edith Bunker, in the long-running CBS sitcom All in the Family, released a statement remembering the actress:

"This will be short and sweet. Never as sweet as I'd wish it to be if I took a month to write it. I only just learned that Jean Stapleton, our beloved Edith -- or Edith, our beloved Jean Stapleton -- has passed. Back in 1971, possibly the first time I was asked by a journalist "What is Jean Stapleton like, my reflexive response was: "She's always where she is." I was surprised by my answer, never had the thought before and never knew it resided within me. Can I reach deeply enough inside me now to express how much that, the idea and Jean Stapleton herself has meant to me? I was at my computer when her glorious children, John and Pam, phoned me, and I told them I was working on my memoir and reflecting on the time I was father to my personal family on Mooncrest Drive while also fathering Archie and Edith and three other families on CBS. And I added -- so, at 90, here still is Jean Stapleton, "always where she is," helping me to see my own frailties and humanity yet again. No one gave more profound "How to Be a Human Being" lessons than Jean Stapleton. Goodbye Edith, darling."

Rob Reiner, who played son-in-law Michael "Meathead" Stivic on the show, remembered Stapleton's sense of comedic timing throughout the series:

"Jean was a brilliant comedienne with exquisite timing. Working with her was one of the greatest experiences of my life. My thoughts go out to her family."

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