Simpsons Actress Marcia Wallace Dies at 70
by Sadie Gennis
According to her friend Cathryn Michon, Wallace died of breast cancer, which she was diagnosed with in 1985. “She passed at 9 p.m. last night due to complications from breast cancer of which she was a long and proud survivor and advocate for women and healing,” Michone said. “Ironically it was during breast cancer awareness month during which she was always a funny ray of hope for so many. I am so devastated.”
In addition to The Simpsons, Wallace starred on The Bob Newhart Show as the receptionist Carol. Throughout her long career, Wallace also appeared on Full House, Alf, Hollywood Squares, The $25,000 Pyramid and, most recently, The Young and the Restless.
Yeardley Smith, who voices Lisa on The Simpsons, tweeted about Wallace’s passing early Saturday. “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,” she wrote.
Simspons executive producer Al Jean released a statement saying that Wallace’s death is unrelated to the announcement made earlier this month that the series plans to kill off its second regular character next season. “I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace,” Jean said. “She was beloved by all at The Simpsons and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character. 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.”
Watch this video featuring Edna Krabappel’s trademark “Ha!” laugh: