Before her caterwauling duet of "Those Were the Days" with Carroll O'Connor became a signature moment of
Stapleton, who died Friday at 90 in New York, was a Broadway veteran by the time TV producer
"All in the Family" intervened in 1971 and thereafter she devoted much of her working life to the popular sitcom. Still, she managed to find time in her busy schedule to appear in a Los Angeles production of Arthur Laurents' "The Time of the Cuckoo" in 1974 at the Ahmanson Theatre.
Stapleton played a repressed American secretary who finds romance while vacationing in Italy. In an interview with The Times shortly before the play opened, the actress said, "'Cuckoo' has the same excitement for me as would returning to Broadway... I may play the lead, but I can't consider myself a star."
In 2000, Stapleton was back in L.A. theater in the one-woman show "Eleanor: Her Secret Journey" at the Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills. The actress played Eleanor Roosevelt in the years after the death of
With "All in the Family" behind her, Stapleton returned to regular stage work. She played
The actress appeared in a handful of plays by Horton Foote, including "The Carpetbagger's Children" at Houston's Alley Theater in 2001 and at