Many will remember her for her success in the role of Edith Bunker on the hugely successful sitcom, All in the Family. Yet here at Pearl S. Buck International, we mourn the loss of a dear friend and advocate. Jean Stapleton upheld Pearl S. Buck’s legacy as a Child Sponsor from 1978-2007. She sponsored two Vietnam children over that period of time and also served the organization as an Honorary Board Member.
In 1988 she was honored with the 10th Annual Pearl S. Buck International Woman of the Year award, pictured below.
For years, visitors to Pearl S. Buck’s national historic landmark home, The Pearl S. Buck House in Bucks County, Pennsylvania were welcomed by a videotaped message from Ms. Stapleton before they began the guided tour of her home. We are grateful to have worked with her on behalf of the over two million children and families who have been touched by the Pearl S. Buck legacy.