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Jean Stapleton

Playhouse Revamps Renovation

To Honor Its Biggest Star

6/9/2013 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0605-Jean-Stapleton-gettyThe historic Pennsylvania playhouse where Jean Stapleton honed her acting chops is rebooting its renovation project to memorialize the late "All in the Family" star ... TMZ has learned.

Totem Pole Playhouse in Fayetteville, PA had already been planning a $5,000 facelift for its 50-seat clubhouse -- the same wing the theater says it built back in the day because Jean's shows were consistently packing the house.

Jean's late husband William Putch took over in 1953 as director of Totem Pole, where the two met and worked closely on nearly 300 productions. The renovation was originally dedicated to him and 2 other people ... but the theater expanded those plans after Jean died last weekend at age 90.

New plans include framed photos of Jean, a written proclamation from the state noting her accomplishments and a tribute video to play before all performances. We're told the blueprints are already done ... and the theater provided TMZ with one mockup ...

Oh Archie! It's too much!


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Wonderful lady. Glad she will be honored.

504 days ago


The BEST character actor EVER on tv.
Karen from Will & Grace is #2.

504 days ago


That's a nice gesture to keep her memory alive..she was a sweet lady and a great actress!..we'll miss her.

504 days ago


I had the privelege to see a Show at Totem Pole Playhouse when I was in Elementary School. I loved it. Glad to see its getting some recognition. Last year it was on the verge of Bankruptcy, and they had big fundraisers and donations to save it.

504 days ago

If sense were common everyone would have it.    

If anyone deserves it, it was her. She was a real lady of the theater.

504 days ago

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