Marcia Wallace, voice of ‘The Simpsons’ Edna Krabappel, dies

Marcia Wallace, voice of ‘The Simpsons’ Edna Krabappel, dies

RIP EDNA: Marcia Wallace, famous for her voice on "The Simpsons," has died. Photo: Associated Press

By Noreen O’Donnell

(Reuters) – Actress Marcia Wallace, the voice of Edna Krabappel on the Fox show “The Simpsons” and earlier Carol Kester, the receptionist on the 1970s sitcom “The Bob Newhart Show,” has died at 70.

“I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace,” said executive producer, Al Jean. “She was beloved by all at The Simpsons and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character.”

Wallace, who had survived breast cancer, died at home, according to a Fox publicist, Antonia Coffman.

A fellow cast member and voice of Lisa Simpson, Yeardley Smith, wrote a farewell 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 won an Emmy for outstanding voice actress in 1992. Her long-running “Simpsons” character Edna Krabappel was Bart Simpson’s jaded, crabby fourth-grade teacher.

Earlier, Wallace played the chatty receptionist on “The Bob Newhart Show.” She also appeared on “The Merv Griffin Show” and game shows such as “Hollywood Squares” and “The $25,000 Pyramid.”

Executive producer Jean had previously hinted about killing off one of the show’s characters.

“Earlier we had discussed a potential storyline in which a character passed away,” Jean said in a statement. “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.”

Wallace published an autobiography “Don’t Look Back, We’re Not Going that Way,” in 2004. Her husband, hotelier Dennis Hawley, died in 1992. She had a son, Michael Hawley.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

Today in entertainment history: Dec. 1


A look at the Hollywood headlines that went down in history.

in Entertainment

HOLIDAY TV: What to watch this week


This week is packed with programs to get you in the holiday spirit.

in Entertainment

Bono, Clooney, Kardashian part of all-star campaign for AIDS

FILE - In this March 2, 2014 file photo, Bono arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. A New York City doctor says U2 singer Bono suffered multiple fractures and had to have two surgeries after his weekend bicycle accident. Orthopedic trauma surgeon Dr. Dean Lorich says Bono underwent a five-hour surgery on his elbow in which three plates and 18 screws were inserted on Sunday night. Bono had another surgery to repair a fracture to his left pinkie on Monday. Lorich says Bono will need therapy but a full recovery is expected.

Bono is a launching an all-star campaign featuring "once-in-a-lifetime experiences" like walking the red carpet with Meryl Streep or visiting the "Game of Thrones" set.

in Entertainment

WHAT’S ON: New on Netflix, Amazon & Hulu in December


Get your remotes ready for a new round of binge-worthy movies and TV.

in Music

Joey Feek holds out hope of beating cancer


The country singer was diagnosed with cervical cancer last year and she was admitted to a hospice earlier this month to be cared for during her final days.