We were getting ready to start a meeting at work and, as is our habit, we were making small talk around the table while we waited for others to join.
Somebody mentioned that actress Maureen Stapleton had died and the newspapers were filled with accolades for her. Yeah, I said, but I couldn’t believe that the papers were leaving out some of her best stuff.
The papers mentioned her role in Lonelyhearts, for which she earned her first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. And she was nominated her work in Airport and in Interiors. And she won an Oscar for Reds in 1981.
But what about her work as the adorable dingbat Edith Bunker in All in the Family ? That was never mentioned. That was the highlight of her career. Come on, you can’t forget that one!
And what about her recurring role in Scarecrow and Mrs. King ? And her great work with Meg Ryan in You've Got Mail ?
And for Heaven’s sake, what about all the work she had done on Broadway? And...
Oh, it was Maureen Stapleton that died? Jean Stapleton is still very much alive. Ooops.
Do you remember that Saturday Night Live skit with Gilda Radner as Emily Litella? She was always concerned about the government keeping a list of all the endangered feces on the planet. And they were always worried about too much sax and violins on television. And the Supreme Court was going to rule on the deaf penalty.
Well, it was kinda like that.