Actress Marcia Wallace, a 28 year breast cancer survivor, passed away in her home on October 25, 2013. Wallace is best known for voicing the role of wise cracking, sarcastic 4th Grade teacher Mrs. Edna Krabappel on the long-running hit animated series “The Simpsons.” After her diagnosis of breast cancer in 1985 she also became known for her involvement in breast cancer awareness.
The cause of death has not been announced, however Reps for The Simpsons indicated they were aware Wallace was seriously ill. In a statement issued a statement to Entertainment Weekly executive producer, Al Jean said, “I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace. She was beloved by all at The Simpsons and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character.”
Prior to Wallace’s death, Jean had recently dropped hints that one of the characters on The Simpsons would meet their end soon but he made it clear these two events are not connected. “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.”
Yeardley Smith, voice of Lisa Simpson, posted a goodbye statement to Wallace on Twitter Saturday morning. “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,” Smith tweeted.
Wallace broke into show business with the role of Carol Kester, Bob Newhart’s gabby secretary of on The Bob Newhart Show from 1972 to 1978. She made numerous guest star appearances on television shows including; Magnum, P.I., Murder, She Wrote, ALF, Full House and Murphy Brown. Her voice-over roles in animation Darkwing Duck, Captain Planet and more.
In 1992 Wallace won Emmy for outstanding voice actress in 1992 for her performance in the season 3 episode Bart the Lover, where Bart tries to set things right after he hurts Mrs. Krabappel by pranking her with fake love letters and setting her up on a phony date. In 1994 Wallace was nominated for an Emmy as outstanding guest actress in a comedy for Murphy Brown, reprising her role as Carol Kester, the most efficient of Murphy Brown’s forever changing secretaries.
Wallace’s husband of six years, hotelier Dennis Hawley, died of pancreatic cancer in 1992. They had one child together, son Michael Hawley. Wallace published an autobiography “Don’t Look Back, We’re Not Going that Way,” in 2004.
Source: Entertainment Weekly