Edith Bunker (All in the Family) Edith Bunker is the beloved character played by Jean Stapleton, on the groundbreaking, iconic television series of the 1970’s, All in the Family (and its lesser successor, Archie Bunker’s Place). While her husband refers to her often as “Dingbat”, it is generally acknowledged that, while naïve about the workings of the world, Edith is wise in the ways of the heart. In episode after episode, she proves that Edith knows best, as she lovingly guides her husband, daughter and son-in-law in the ways of goodness and decency. This she does unerringly, but always hilariously, and the portrayal has carved out a special niche in our hearts for one of our all time favorite series’ characters. In just one example out of thousands of her endearing ways, in one episode Edith looks for a number in her address book under “G”, for “Gloria’s girlfiends”. You gotta love her. While the series treated such (up until then) sensitive subjects as racism, extramarital sex, menopause and rape (to name but a few), these themes were easily swallowed by the general public when offered with a spoonful of Edith’s sweetness, and the path was blazed for an entirely new generation of television fare.
Edith Granger Dombey (Dombey and Son) Edith is the second wife of Paul Dombey in Charles Dickens’ novel, Dombey and Son, published serially between 1846 and 1848, which has gone through many movie, television and radio adaptations. Edith is a social-climbing, proud and haughty widow, who marries Paul Dombey in order to further her social and financial status in life. He is no catch himself, marrying her in the hopes of siring a male child to replace his dead son in inheriting his business, and totally neglecting his own loving daughter, Florence. Once married, Edith finds she has won no prize, but she does form a close and loving relationship with her step-daughter. This latter liaison is indicative of a finer nature beneath her shallow exterior, but even this cannot hold Edith back. Despising her husband and his overbearing ways, she plots with the firm’s manager, Mr. Carker, to run away with her to France, leaving Mr. Dombey to deal with the disgrace. Perhaps not the most virtuous or laudable of characters, Edith nonetheless earns our respect with her refusal to accept her Victorian lot, and her willingness to risk scandal rather than kowtow to the domineering personality of her husband.
Edith and the Kingpin - a song by Joni Mitchell
She Thinks She's Edith Head - by They Might Be Giants
You Can't Have Your Kate and Edith Too - The Statler Brothers
Edith and Mr. Bear: A Lonely Doll Story (Dare Wright) - Mr. Bear's expensive clock fascinates Edith. She just has to touch it. But when she does, it falls down with a crash. Unable to admit that she has broken it, Edith's guilty conscience makes her so unhappy that she can't even enjoy her birthday party. In fact, Edith feels so badly about lying to Mr. Bear that she contemplates running away. What happens next makes for a timeless story that will resonate with anyone who has ever tried to cover up the truth. Recommended for ages 5-8.
Edith Herself (Ellen Howard) - Orphaned by her mother's death, Edith goes to live with her older sister and her dour husband in their stern Christian farming household, where the strain of adjusting seems to aggravate her epileptic seizures. Recommended for ages 8-12.
Edith Nesbit: A Woman of Passion (Julia Briggs) - Edith Nesbit is one of the greatest children's writers of the century known mainly as the author of "The Railway Children", "The Treasure Seekers" and many other stories of magic and adventure. Her readers loved to think of her as a reassuringly aunt-like figure, but this biography reveals her as a willful, demanding and adventurous woman, a true Bohemian who broke all society's rules in her search for love. Recommended for ages 10-14.
Saint Edith Stein: Blessed by the Cross (Mary Lea Hill) - A biography of the Jewish philosopher and convert to Catholicism who was put to death at Auschwitz during World War II and canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1998. Recommended for ages 10-14.
Silent in an Evil Time: The Brave War of Edith Cavell (Jack Batten) - Dutiful nurse, hospital matron, courageous resistance fighter, Edith Cavell was all of these. A British citizen, the forty-eight-year-old Cavell was matron of an institute for nurses in the suburbs of Brussels at the outbreak of World War I. Dedicated to the methods of Florence Nightingale, her intelligence and ferocious sense of duty had transformed the institute into a leading training center. When the Germans captured Belgium in the fall of 1914, an organization was formed to assist British and French soldiers trapped behind German lines. Edith was asked to help and she didn’t hesitate. From that moment forward, Edith sheltered escaping soldiers in her hospital, using trickery to keep the suspicious Germans from discovering them. She helped arrange a secret route to neutral Holland and back to England at great personal risk, enabling soldiers of all ranks to slip through German lines. Using the institute as part of an elaborate Allied escape route, Edith Cavell was responsible for one thousand soldiers eventually making their way home. But Cavell’s role was discovered and a German military court put her on trial in Brussels, where she was sentenced to be executed by firing squad. On October 12, 1915, she put on her nurse’s uniform and met her fate, immediately becoming a worldwide martyr and rallying point for the British in their war against Germany. In this riveting account, author Jack Batten brings an incredibly brave woman and her turbulent times to life. Recommended for ages 10-14.
Famous People Named Edith - Edith Wharton (author); Edith Roosevelt (former First Lady); Edith Head (Hollywood costume designer); Edith Piaf (French singer); Edith “Edie” Sedgwick (Andy Warhol muse); Edith “Edie” Falco (actress); Edith Frank (Anne Frank’s mother); Edith Cavell (British nurse and WWI patriot); Edith “Big Edie” Ewing Bouvier Beale (Jacqueline Kennedy’s aunt); Edith “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale (Jacqueline Kennedy’s first cousin); Edith González (Mexican actress); Edith Nesbit (children’s book author); Edith Bowman (Scottish radio and TV personality); Edith Stein (Catholic saint); Queen Matilda of Scotland (born Edith, wife of King Henry I); Edith Wilson (former First Lady)
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Edith - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Edith.