Beloved character actress Marcia Wallace has died at the age of 70, a week shy of her 71st birthday. She reportedly passed away yesterday at her home in Los Angeles due to complications from breast cancer.
Wallace is best known for her roles as secretary Carol Kester on The Bob Newhart Show and teacher Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons. She won an Emmy for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in 1992 for the latter.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer back in 1985 and married Dennis Hawley in 1986. The couple adopted an infant son, Mikey, and Hawley died from pancreatic cancer in 1992. Wallace published an inspiring memoir, Don’t Look Back, We’re Not Going That Way!, in 2004.
Simpsons co-star Yeardley Smith (Lisa) wrote this morning. “Cheers to the hilarious, kind, fab Marcia Wallace, who has taken her leave of us. Heaven is now a much funnier place b/c of you, Marcia Xx.”
“I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace,” Simpsons producer Al Jean said in a statement to EW. “She was beloved by all at The Simpsons and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character.” Jean also noted that Mrs. Krabappel is not the character that has been slated to be eliminated.
What do you think? Did you enjoy Wallace’s work? Do you have any favorite performances?