Post by Mike Spadoni on Oct 26, 2013 17:07:19 GMT 1
Actress Marcia Wallace, best known for her work on both "The Bob Newhart Show" and "The Simpsons," died October 25th at her Los Angeles home from cancer complications. She was 70 years old. The Creston, Iowa native got her start in off-Broadway productions after collage. Appearances on "The Merv Griffin Show" led producers to cast Wallace as sardonic office receptionist Carol Kester on "Bob Newhart," which ran from 1972 to 1978 on CBS. In 1990, she provided the voice of Edna Krabappel, Bart Simpson's frustrated teacher and later love interest for principal Seymour Skinner on "The Simpsons." The role earned her an Emmy for outstanding vocal performance in 1992. Wallace portrayed Krabappel in more than 100 episodes. The actress also appeared on various other TV series, including “ALF,” “Full House,” “Bewitched,” "Murphy Brown,” “The Brady Bunch,” “Taxi” and “Murder, She Wrote.” She also was a frequent fixture on game shows, and appeared in such films as "Teen Witch" and "My Mother The Werewolf." In 1985, Wallace was diagnosed with breast cancer, and later wrote a memoir, “Don’t Look Back, We’re Not Going That Way!” Her stage credits included an all-female version of "The Odd Couple," "Last of the Red Hot Lovers," "Gypsy" and "The Vagina Monologues." Marcia Wallace was married to hoteler Dennis Hawley; he died of pancreatic cancer in 1992. She is survived by the couple's adopted son Michael.
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