Come for the tea. Stay for the shade.
June 1, 2013 by tamaratattles 17 Comments
Come for the tea. Stay for the shade. Not for the easily offended. You're a special snowflake just like everyone else.
June 1, 2013 at 7:34 pm
I always wanted her to take a frying pan (or something) and just hit Archie over the head with it just ONE time. She was a very good actress that I did see in other roles besides this one, I think I might’ve seen her in a Lifetime movie.
June 2, 2013 at 3:02 am
eg – Frying pans were a hysterically sacred Old English joke with the women on my Grandpa’s side. As a kid, for years I never used to know what my Aunt meant when she’d say “she’d like to hit ’em with an old No.10” (…or No.15 or the like) After I was old enough to finally get up the courage to ask… I found out the No.- was the weight of the cast iron skillet. 🙂 Wow !!!! The silent codes of the quiet ladies. ~ Check on a iron skillet handle, a number should be there. lol !
Yeah, ok says
June 1, 2013 at 7:52 pm
I loved her in the role as Tony Sopranos mother. RIP
June 1, 2013 at 8:54 pm
Hi Yeah, ok. Actually Nancy Marchand played the part of Tony Soprano’s mother! And she actually died during production in 2000. She also was an excellent actress. She also played the part on Lou Grant as I think his boss? Mrs. Pynchon! I am really dating myself here!! I just remember Tonys mother as the worst mother ever seen ever on tv!!
June 2, 2013 at 1:19 pm
Thanks for clearing that up for me. I always thought it was her. Well I did enjoy her as Edith, very talented.
June 2, 2013 at 4:38 pm
I was happy to oblige! Frankly, I was amazed at myself as usually I stink so badly at remembering any of the actors names. Menopause and aging is playing a number on my poor tired and confused brain. So when I remembered Tony’s mom’s name and the fact she was also Mrs. Pynchon in Lou Grant, I thought I had suddenly become possessed by someone else. I always get her mixed up with the actress that played Danny DeVito’s mom on Throw Momma From the Train.
Ms Urethra Franklin says
June 1, 2013 at 8:30 pm
To this day, because of Edith& Archie, I still affectionately call some of my closest peeps “dingbat”.
June 1, 2013 at 8:41 pm
i just told my grandma and it was hard. they were alot alike. I remember her as Edith but grandma says that she was an accomplished broadway actress and had a very fine singing voice.
June 1, 2013 at 8:43 pm
Aaahhh TT! That was wonderful! I watched the entire episode and it brought back so many good memories! I remember I was in high school when this came out and it was considered so irreverent and way ahead of its time. She was wonderful in it. I was just a silly teenager but I remember thinking how her part and Archie’s only worked so well because of their brilliant acting. Although I liked Mike and Gloria, many actors could have played their roles. But Carroll O’Conner and Jean Stapleton were one of a kind. He reminded me so much of an older version of my dad. My dad even looked a lot like him. And althoiugh not quite a dumb, he still was racist and sexist and treated my mother almost as bad as Archie. And my mom was Edith! I remember the episode when she suddenly passed away. I think it was his later show where he owned the bar? He was grieving and at the very end of the show, he goes upstairs to get into bed. On her side of the bed tucked neatly underneath the side where she would get into bed, were her slippers just where she left them. As if they were waiting for her to get up and slip them on. It literally broke my heart and I sobbed out loud!
She was in other movies and I too remember seeing her in a couple of Lifetime movies as eg mentioned above. But her role in All In The Family was her best. Did you know at the Smithsonian Museum they have Archie and Ediths chairs encased in glass? Pretty cool.
Thank you for this touching tribute to Jean Stapleton. She gave us hours of entertainment with her brilliant acting in playing the part of Edith Bunker!
June 1, 2013 at 9:14 pm
i really adored her on Michael, (film with Travolta, Hurt, McDowell). She was hysterical. My girlfriend and i still pull of her lines off of that movie, having seen it 20 billion times. Great Lady!!! Rest in Peace.
June 2, 2013 at 2:45 am
Oh Docwall – My husband & I ran through at least a dozen Michael lines at the dinner table tonight ! – My Mom & I’s favorite (Is there an angel in the room with us right now ?) Do you see an angel ? – You’re either in the room with an angel or your NOT ! – My Dad adored Travolta, so I took Michael to him when he was sick @ home before he died. He watched it so much he wouldn’t give me back the VHS. Watched it over & over. – Did you ever notice Michael has a modern day Wiz of OZ theme ? Holt gives it away @ the beginning during the Eskimo kids scene. – The 3 of them leave from Chicago (also called Emerald City) to meet Pansy Millbank @ the Milk Bottle Inn – Dorothy (the fake angel expert) has to protect *Huey’s dog (who looks just like Toto) – Frank is the Scarecrow & Huey is the Tin Man and Michael is the Lion (“Battle !”) – The newspaper mogul, the Great Oz (“bring me back the Bird Man”) and Stapleton, Auntie Em ? I love so many lines & scenes of that movie ! – “Michael came down from heaven to help me smite the bank”, then Travolta bellows “money changers !” But my favorite – the morning after staying overnight @ the hotel with the hippie waitress – LOL ! (“Wow, Wings!”) – Michael wakes up to that beautiful countryside, goes outside, sits in the cornfield and says, “God, I’m gonna’ miss this place !” ~ That’s what being alive on this beautiful green earth has always felt like for me – that’s when I always cried with my Dad & HE cried when Michael’s huge wings spread open completely, when he saves the dog’s life @ his own peril ! – Jean Stapleton had such a stellar acting career for years and All In The Family was so brilliant & so controversial. Each week, I remember Mom & I used to rush dinner & get dishes done just so we could watch it together. She was as poor as a church mouse but she had political wit & laughter in abundance. (all you need is love !)
Cookies… he smells like cookies” ! 🙂
June 1, 2013 at 11:09 pm
June 2, 2013 at 12:07 am
I was sad to hear she had died. But I think she lived the life she wanted and was successful as an actress and was obviously loved by many. I really liked the beginning of All In the Family where she was played the piano and sang in such a terrible voice. Very funny!
June 2, 2013 at 12:56 am
Edith Bunker was one of the kindest, simplest and complex characters ever. Glad Archie is getting another cold one.
June 2, 2013 at 2:18 am
A good lady and a wonderful actress.
June 2, 2013 at 4:06 am
Yes, great choice and thank you, TT!
June 2, 2013 at 5:15 am
Sorry to hear about Jean Stapleton! I loved her on “All In the Family.”
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