Report: ‘Bob Newhart Show’, ‘Simpsons’ Star Marcia Wallace Dead At 70
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Marcia Wallace, best known as the voice of Edna Krabappel on “The Simpsons,” has died, according to TMZ.com.
The celebrity website and several other media outlets, including Variety and Entertainment Weekly, are reporting that Wallace passed away Friday evening at her home in Los Angeles. She was 70.
“Marcia was such a sweet and talented woman … she will be missed,” Al Jean, an executive producer of “The Simpsons”, told TMZ.com.
Jean told the Associated Press in a statement that Wallace’s character would be retired from the show.
The well-known actress and comedienne won an Emmy for her work on the long-running animated series in 1992. Wallace was also known for her role as receptionist Carol Kester on “The Bob Newhart Show” and appeared on “The Brady Bunch” and “Full House.”
In recent weeks, her health was reportedly in decline, according to TMZ.com.
Calls made by CBS2 for independent confirmation of Wallace’s death have not yet been returned.
Meanwhile, several co-stars of Wallace, including Yeardley Smith and Harry Shearer, took to Twitter Saturday morning to express their grief upon hearing the news of her passing.
“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,” Smith wrote.
So sad to learn–through Twitter, first–of the passing of the wonderful Marcia Wallace. Sorely missed already.—
Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) October 26, 2013
Wallace would have turned 71 on Nov. 1.
Her cause of death was not known. Wallace is survived by her son, according to Variety.