Jessica Walter, star of TV shows and films from “Arrested Development” to “Play Misty for Me,” died Wednesday in New York City, according to reports in Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter. She was 80.
“It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of my beloved mom Jessica,” said her daughter Brooke Bowman in a statement to THR. “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.”
Walter had a long, prolific career in Hollywood, most recently in comedies “Arrested Development,” which aired on Fox and then Netflix, where she earned legions of fans as snarky, snobby matriarch Lucille Bluth. She voiced another conniving mother, Mallory Archer, to the title superhero character in FXX’s animated adult comedy “Archer.”
Walter started her career in 1960s appearing in TV guest roles in series such as “Flipper” and “Ben Casey.” But her big breakout role was in 1971 film “Misty,” as the obsessive fan of Clint Eastwood’s radio DJ.
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Contributing: Gary Levin