Marcia Wallace, the woman who lent her voice to Bart Simpson’s teacher on the long-running animated series The Simpsons, has passed away. She was 70.
Wallace had a long and distinguished career in show business. She is best known for her work on The Bob Newhart Show and The Simpsons.
Wallace starred for six seasons on The Bob Newhart Show as Carol Kester and she reprised the role in the 90’s on Murphy Brown.
She won an Emmy for her work as Edna Krabappel, Bart Simpson’s teacher with the snarky laugh. Wallace played Mrs. Krabappel since the show’s debut in 1990.
“I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace,” executive producer Al Jean of The Simpsons said in a statement.
Jean added that while there were rumors that a character on the long running animated series would be retired this season, the writing staff had not considered Mrs. Krabappel.
“Earlier we had discussed a potential storyline in which a character passed away,” Jean said. “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.”
A native of Iowa, Wallace was a fixture on American television for decades, from her appearances on The Merv Griffin Show to jokey game shows such as Hollywood Squares and Match Game.