A dear wonderful lady and friend Marcia Wallace passed away last night. She has been going through health struggles the last several years. I got to spend some time with her last Spring and she always had her spirits up, always positive and ever hysterically funny. I will miss our phone calls and her loving courageous soul. Condolences to her son Michael and family. I will miss her very very much!
Marcia Wallace, the feisty redhead who starred as receptionist Carol Kester on “The Bob Newhart Show” and voiced teacher Edna Krabappel on “The Simpsons,” died Friday at her home in Los Angeles. She would have turned 71 on Nov. 1.
Wallace won an Emmy for outstanding voiceover performance on “The Simpsons” in 1992.
In a statement, “Simpsons” exec producer Al Jean called her “brilliant and gracious.”
“She was beloved by all at ‘The Simpsons’ and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character,” he said.
Earlier this year, “Simpsons” producers let it be known that the show intended to kill off a major character in the upcoming season. Jean said that Wallace’s character was not the one slated to die.
“Marcia’s passing is unrelated and again, a terrible loss for all who had the pleasure of knowing her,” Jean said.
Born in Creston, Iowa, she moved to New York after graduating college and worked in off-Broadway productions. The role of the receptionist on “The Bob Newhart Show” was written specifically for her after she had appeared numerous times on “The Merv Griffin Show.”
After “Bob Newhart,” she went on to appear on several game shows and on “ALF,” “Full House” and “Bewitched” as well as “Murphy Brown,” “The Brady Bunch,” “Taxi” and “Murder, She Wrote.”
She appeared in more than 100 episodes of “The Simpsons” as Bart Simpson’s teacher, who eventually marries Ned Flanders.
She also appeared in films such as “My Mother the Werewolf,” “Teen Witch” and “Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College.” Wallace appeared onstage in productions including “The Vagina Monologues.” She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1985 and published a memoir “Don’t Look Back, We’re Not Going That Way!”