Monday, June 3, 2013

Atlas Shrugged II Director's Mother, Jean Stapleton, Passes Away

Jean Stapleton, mother of Atlas Shrugged Part II Director, John Putch, died Friday at the age of 90.

“Our hearts are with John. His mother was an inspiration to all of us.“ said Atlas Shrugged Producer Harmon Kaslow.

Although Jean was 48 when she became famous as Edith Bunker in "All in the Family," by the time that landmark sitcom premiered in 1971, she had been already acting for 30 years on the stage, in movies and on television.

The son of renowned actress Jean Stapleton and the late producer/director William H. Putch, John Putch is often referred to as an independent film maverick.  One of his first indie efforts, "Valerie Flake," landed him at the '99 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.

Recent stories on Jean Stapleton:
Jean Stapleton was the sum of many parts: An appreciation