Hollywood is in mourning today after the death of veteran actress Jessica Walter, who died in her sleep at her home in New York City on Wednesday night. she was 80 years-old.
Entertainment Tonight reported that Walter was best known for starring on shows like “Arrested Development” and “Archer.”
“It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of my beloved mom Jessica,” Walter’s daughter, Brooke Bowman, said in a statement to Entertainment Tonight. “A working actor for over six decades, her greatest pleasure was bringing joy to others through her storytelling both on screen and off. While her legacy will live on through her body of work, she will also be remembered by many for her wit, class and overall joie de vivre.”
Born in New York City, Walter began her acting career on Broadway in various shows, earning a Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Newcomer for her performance in “Photo Finish.” She began her career in movies in the 1960s and earned a Golden Globe nomination for her work in Clint Eastwood’s directorial debut, 1971’s Play Misty for Me.
A successful career on television followed, with Walter winning an Emmy in 1975 for her role in “Amy Prentiss NBC Sunday Mystery Movie.” She would go on to earn three more Emmy nominations, in 1977 for “The Streets of San Francisco,” in 1980 for “Trapper John, M.D.,” and in 2005 for “Arrested Development.” Walter most recently appeared on Mallory Archer on “Archer,” which was renewed for season 12 and is expected to premiere in 2021.
Walter was married to Ron Liebman for 36 years before he passed away in 2019. She is survived by her daughter and by one grandson. Instead of sending flowers, her family is asking donations to be made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, according to Deadline.
Fans of “Arrested Development” knew Walter for playing the delightfully wicked character of Lucille Bluth, but she once made a point of saying that she was nothing like that in real life.
“I’m nothing like Lucille. Nothing,” the seasoned actress said. “My daughter will tell you. I’m really a very nice, boring person.”
Rest in peace, Jessica Walter.