Edith Bunker is a fictional character from the 1970s sitcom All in the Family. She is the kind but sometimes clueless wife to Archie Bunker in the show. Edith Bunker is played by actress Jean Stapleton. Edith was first seen in the first episode of All in the Family which premiered on January 12, 1971. Edith was also in Archie Bunker's Place a little but dies of a stroke when not on the show .