Emmy-winning actress Jessica Walter, arguably best known for her role as icy matriarch Lucille Bluth on Arrested Development, died on Wednesday at her home in New York City. She was 80.
via: The Wrap
Brooke Bowman, Walter’s daughter who is a senior vice president of drama programming at Fox Entertainment, released a statement to Deadline: “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’s career spanned five decades. She starred in Clint Eastwood’s directorial debut “Play Misty for Me” in 1971. Additional film roles include “Grand Prix” and “The Group.” Most people today know Walter for either her Emmy-winning turn as Bluth family matriarch Lucille on “Arrested Development” and her voice role on FX’s longrunning animated comedy “Archer,” where she played Malory Archer, the mother of H. John Benjamin’s Sterling Archer.