10 ways 'All in the Family' tested Edith

Monday - 6/3/2013, 3:12pm EDT

FILE - Actress Jean Stapleton speaks during an interview in Washington on Wednesday, March 3, 1977, saying she will increase speaking out to the "Edith Bunkers" of the land to try and muster support for the Equal Rights Amendment. Stapleton, who played Edith Bunker in the groundbreaking 1970s TV comedy "All in the Family," has died. She was 90. John Putch said Saturday, June 1, 2013 that his mother died Friday, May 31, 2013 of natural causes at her New York City home surrounded by friends and family. (AP Photo/Jeff Taylor)

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Edith Bunker had to deal with her trying husband, Archie, and more. Here are challenges that faced the "All in the Family" character played by Jean Stapleton, who made the most of these series highlights. The actress died Friday at age 90.

-- A breast cancer scare that she tried to hide from the family.

-- An intruder's attempted sexual assault, which she thwarted with a hot cake to his face.

-- Fiery clashes between her liberal cousin Maude (Bea Arthur) and conservative Archie (Carroll O'Connor).

-- The mood swings of menopause, which prompted her to turn the tables on Archie and tell him to "stifle!"

-- Fretting that she was a kleptomaniac after absent-mindedly taking a wig from a store.

-- A confrontation with Archie over his broken promise to give up gambling.

-- Enduring a test of faith after a female-impersonator friend is murdered.

-- The discovery that Archie was pursuing an extramarital affair.

-- Losing her job after helping a woman fulfill her right-to-die wish.

-- A stroke that led to Edith's off-camera death after Stapleton decided to move on.


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