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Simpsons Actress Marcia Wallace Passes Away


Comedienne Marcia Wallace, best known as Mrs. Krabappel from The Simpsons, has died at the age of 70. 

“She passed at 9 PM last night due to complications from breast cancer of which she was a long and proud survivor and advocate for women and healing,” Wallace’s friend Cathryn Michon told Deadline. “Ironically it was during breast cancer awareness month during which she was always a funny ray of hope for so many. I’m devastated.”

Wallace was a fantastic comedienne and character actor who brought The Simpsons’ Edna Krabappel (as well as the Cat Lady) to life for over twenty years.  But Wallace had an incredible career starting with an appearance on Bewitched and ending with an upcoming film by Michon, Muffin Top: A Love Story. Here’s just a few shows/films she made notable appearances on:

  • The Bob Newhart Show
  • ALF
  • Teen Witch
  • Charles in Charge
  • Darkwing Duck
  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers
  • Full House
  • Murphy Brown
  • 7th Heaven

Simpsons’ creators had been talking about a character death recently and although everyone was aware of Wallace’s condition, producer Al Jean confirmed it was not Mrs. Krabappel they were discussing. “[Wallace] was beloved by all at The Simpsons and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character,” he said, “Earlier we had discussed a potential storyline in which a character passed away. This was not Marcia’s Edna Krabappel. Marcia’s passing is unrelated and again, a terrible loss for all who had the pleasure of knowing her.”

Wallace was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1985 and soon became an avid speaker and educator on the subject. She wrote an autobiography in 2004 called Don’t Look Back, We’re Not Going That Way, which detailed her experiences. Wallace also won an Emmy for her work on The Simpsons.

Writer Nell Scovell wrote on Twitter, “In the 70s, Marcia Wallace made it cool for women to be funny. She was my hero before she became my friend.”

(via Deadline)

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  • Nirali

    It’s a sad day.

  • Emily Hill

    downer

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t watched The Simpsons in a while but it seems to me like the show is yet again making the worse out of a bad situation. It will be the third time that a character is retired because of what happened to a voice actor off-screen. The advantage animation has over live action is that your cast is much easier to replace.

    First, the show lost two small but very funny characters in Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz when Hartman passed away. Then, Maude Flanders was killed off when Maggie Roswell had contract issues with the network. She wasn’t the funniest character but her death transformed Ned from a funny character into a tragic one. And now, they are supposed to retire his new wife, who also happens to be Bart’s teacher? I’m really sorry for their loss but I don’t agree with their reaction.

    Still, RIP Miss Wallace. I will have good memories of your work.

  • Erica Slade

    and she was in teen witch! God i’m so super sad!

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  • Anonymous

    I wouldn’t find it disrespectful because this happens all the time. Jim Henson voiced Kermit the frog right until his death and was replaced immediately after. And it’s a character considerably more iconic than Edna or Troy McClure. In fact, a show like The Simpsons is dubbed in many languages by many different voice actors and a few of those died during the very long tenure of the show. The actor who played Apu in the Quebec version was very well liked and his passing affected many people but he was replaced without a second thought. Life must go on and it’s perfectly common to have the torch passed from a voice actor to the next.

  • Anonymous

    I understand their choice to retire characters, but I wouldn’t find it disrespectful to recast their voice actors. I would only find it disrespectful if they only didn’t retire one character or something along that line.

  • Anonymous

    I was a fan of her since the Bob Newhart show. Marcia Wallace, R.I.P.

  • Penny Marie Sautereau

    Um…. Tress McNeille does the Cat Lady.

  • Penny Marie Sautereau

    You clearly don’t understanding the respect shown by retiring the character. They’re not making the “worsT of a bad situation”, (nice spelling by the way), they’re honouring the actress by saying “This character was hers, no one else can do it right”. And it’s the truth. If you want to get as petty and cynical as you’re being, on a purely aesthetic standpoint it’s just overall a bad idea, because fans historically revolt when they can tell the voice has changed.

  • http://www.thenerdybird.com/ Jill Pantozzi

    Hmm, Wallace’s IMDB lists her as having voiced her at some point.

  • Anonymous

    First of all, english is my second language and I think my spelling is pretty good considering what I usually read on the internet.

    Secondly, I think it’s very possible to feel sorry for people who lost a co-worker and a friend and disagree with the way they chose to honor her. As I said in another post, Kermit used to be voiced by Jim Henson and when he died, there was no revolt when someone took his place. People understood that although Henson had passed away, Kermit had to live on.

  • Anonymous

    First of all, english is my second language and I think my spelling is pretty good considering what I usually read on the internet.

    Secondly, I think it’s very possible to feel sorry for people who lost a co-worker and a friend and disagree with the way they chose to honor her. As I said in another post, Kermit used to be voiced by Jim Henson and when he died, there was no revolt when someone took his place. People understood that although Henson had passed away, Kermit had to live on.

  • http://redbladestudios.com/ Alex Krumwiede

    Actually, it’s the inverse of your argument that works. BECAUSE Kermit was so iconic, they put a new actor in to carry on Henson’s legacy. (The show could NOT go on without him as lead role.) On the other hand, Edna and McClure are both side characters; ones who are, yes, well-loved, but honored because of what those actors have established. Retiring them doesn’t put the whole production into jeopardy, and there are still countless other tales that can be told without directly involving them.

  • Anonymous

    I can see the other side of the argument; I don’t agree with it but I can see it. The problem is that the conversation seems to have turn into whether or not I’m an insensitive bastard for even suggesting this, hence the argument that it’s been done before.

    My personal opinion is that Edna and Troy McClure, while far from being icons like Kermit, are great support characters on a show that might have become the greatest show ever because of how great its supporting cast is. I think that losing Maude, Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz did hurt the show and I think that the show will miss Edna even more because of her link to Bart and Ned.

  • Penny Marie Sautereau

    I suppose it’s possible she did, but in most of the character’s appearances it’s very clearly Tress. Tress’s voice is unmistakable.

  • Penny Marie Sautereau

    Kermit is a different animal, figuratively. You just don’t get it.

  • Mr The Batman

    No more Mrs K? I can’t imagine Sprigfield Elementary without her.