Jessica Walter, Arrested Development and Archer star, dies at 80

Sarah Carty
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Jessica Walter, best known for her roles in Arrested Development and Archer has died at the age of 80.

"It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of my beloved mom Jessica," her Fox Entertainment executive daughter, Brooke Bowman, said in a statement.

Jessica Walter attends the ABC Walt Disney Television Upfront on May 14, 2019 in New York City.
Jessica Walter, best known for her roles in Arrested Development and Archer has died at the age of 80. Photo: Getty Images

"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."

According to Deadline, her family revealed the Emmy Award-winning actress died in her sleep at her New York home on Wednesday.

Her husband of 36 years, acclaimed actor Ron Leibman died in December 2019 when he was 82.

the Arrested Development cast in 2018
Jessica seen here with the Arrested Development cast in 2018. Photo: Getty Images

Jessica’s impressive career saw her nominated for five Emmys for her role as mischievous Lucille Bluth in Arrested Development.

Her former co-stars took to social media to pay tribute, with Tony Hale writing:” She was a force, and her talent and timing were unmatched. Rest In Peace Mama Bluth.”

Jessica’s feature debut was in the 1964 film Lilith, with Warren Beatty, Jean Seberg and Gene Hackman, who was also on his first film.

She also snagged a role in John Frankenheimer’s racing epic Grand Prix, from 1966, as the glamorous but discontented wife of a Formula One racer who falls for another driver.

That same year she appeared in Sidney Lumet’s The Group, a female-led ensemble about the graduates of a prestigious university.

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Jessica won her Emmy for her role in Amy Prentiss in 1975. Photo: AAP

She famously voiced Malory Archer in animated sitcom Archer, where she earned two Annie Award nominations, in 2012 and 2013.

In 1971 she received a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal as a slacker in Clint Eastwood’s Play Misty for Me.

Over the years, she’s starred in some a variety of series and made guest appearances in even more, including Hawaii Five-O, The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote, Law & Order and The Big Bang Theory.

Jessica won her Emmy for her role in Amy Prentiss in 1975 and went on to be nominated for her appearances on The Streets of San Francisco, Trapper John, M.D., and Arrested Development.

She also received two SAG nominations for her role in Arrested Development.

Her family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

Additional reporting by AP

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