The 1960s found Stapleton turning up as a guest star on popular TV shows, including "The Defenders," where she appeared opposite Carroll O'Connor. Their second onscreen pairing -- the hit sitcom "All in the Family" (1971-79) -- blazed new trails on television, with Stapleton copping three Emmy Awards playing cheery counterpoint Edith Bunker to O'Connor's grumpy bigot.
In later years, Stapleton demonstrated her versatility with roles in the telefilm Angel Dusted (1981) and big-screen fare such as Michael (1996) and You've Got Mail (1998). She passed away May 31, 2013, at the age of 90.
A complex exploration of the physical and emotional effects of trauma, Something Wild stars Carroll Baker (Baby Doll, The Carpetbaggers), in a layered performance, as a college student who attempts suicide after a brutal sexual assault but is stopped by a mechanic played by Ralph Meeker (Kiss Me Deadly)—whose kindness, however, soon takes an unsettling turn. Startlingly modern in its frankness and psychological realism, the film represents one of the purest on-screen expressions of the sensibility of the intimate community of artists around New York's Actors Studio, which transformed American cinema in the mid-twentieth century.