Broadway to Honor Jean Stapleton by Lowering Lights

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Legendary TV and stage actress Jean Stapleton will be honored Wednesday in New York City, as Broadway's theater marquees will be dimmed for one minute at 8 p.m.

Stapleton, best known for playing Edith Bunker on the influential 1970s sitcom All in the Family, died Friday in New York at age 90.

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The actress was an accomplished stage actress for years before hitting TV screens, appearing in Broadway productions of Bells Are Ringing, Damn Yankees, Rhinoceros, and Funny Girl, opposite Barbra Streisand.

"The theater is where Jean Stapleton started ... [and] the Broadway community claims her as one of our family," Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of the Broadway League, said in a statement. "The range of her talent was also evident in that she could triumph in both musical comedies and serious dramas. She will be missed."

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