Jessica Walter, best known for her leading roles on Arrested Development and Archer, passed away in her home in New York at the age of 80. Walter was known for her sassy, yet charming portrayal of witty and slightly unhinged characters.
Her daughter said in an official statement, "It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of my beloved mom Jessica...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 broke onto the movie scene in 1964 with her debut role in Lilith and was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role opposite Clint Eastwood in Play Misty For Me in 1971. Critic Nojan Aminosharei said “you can't take your eyes off Walter” in the film. He continued, “One minute, she oozes genuine, 100 percent natural sweetness. The next minute, she snaps. But it's the way she snaps. That's when her star power comes into sharp relief.”
Walter said in previous interviews why she loves to play unbalanced characters, like Lucille Bluth in Arrested Development. She said, “They're juicy, much better than playing the vanilla ingenues, you know — Miss Vanilla Ice Cream.”
Jessica Walter will live on through the dynamic characters she brought to life. Our hearts go out to her family and friends during this difficult time.
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