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Jessica Walter 1941-2021


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I remember watching her as Pernell Roberts' cagey ex-wife on Trapper John M.D. 

Then she turned up as Robert Mandan's cagey ex-wife on Three's a Crowd.

It wasn't until years later that I saw any of the films she made.

She's great in PLAY MISTY FOR ME (1981):

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https://deadline.com/2021/03/jessica-walter-dead-actress-arrested-development-1234721873/

Jessica Walter Dies: Emmy-Winning ‘Arrested Development’, ‘Archer’ Actress Was 80

Jessica Walter, the award-winning actress whose career spanned five decades, passed away in her sleep at home in New York City on Wednesday, March 24. She was 80.

Walter’s career included everything from a standout turn in Clint Eastwood’s directorial debut, Play Misty for Me, to The Flamingo Kidand her Emmy-nominated turns on Trapper John M..D. and Streets of San Francisco. For her performance as Lucille Bluth in Arrested Development, Walter earned yet another Emmy nomination (Outstanding Supporting Actress) and two SAG nominations.

Walter won an Emmy starring in Amy Prentiss, an Ironside spinoff in the mid-1970s about a young San Francisco police detective. She also voiced Malory Archer on FXX’s animated series Archer.

Speaking of SAG, Walter served as 2nd National Vice President of the Screen Actors Guild, and was an elected member of the SAG Board of Directors for over a decade.

Walter began her career in her hometown of New York City where she appeared in numerous Broadway productions including Advise and Consent, Neil Simon’s Rumors, A Severed Head, Nightlife and Photo Finish, for which she earned the Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Newcomer. Also on stage, Walter worked at New York’s Playwright’s Horizons and the Los Angeles Theater Center, where she starred in Tartuffeopposite the late Ron Leibman, her Emmy- and Tony-winning husband. She also starred in the Broadway revival of Anything Goes, which picked up several Tony Awards.

Walter is survived by daughter Brooke Bowman, who is SVP Drama Programming at Fox Entertainment, and grandson Micah Heymann.

Bowman said in a 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.”

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

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1 hour ago, MikaelaArsenault said:

https://deadline.com/2021/03/jessica-walter-dead-actress-arrested-development-1234721873/

Jessica Walter Dies: Emmy-Winning ‘Arrested Development’, ‘Archer’ Actress Was 80

Jessica Walter, the award-winning actress whose career spanned five decades, passed away in her sleep at home in New York City on Wednesday, March 24. She was 80.

Walter’s career included everything from a standout turn in Clint Eastwood’s directorial debut, Play Misty for Me, to The Flamingo Kidand her Emmy-nominated turns on Trapper John M..D. and Streets of San Francisco. For her performance as Lucille Bluth in Arrested Development, Walter earned yet another Emmy nomination (Outstanding Supporting Actress) and two SAG nominations.

Walter won an Emmy starring in Amy Prentiss, an Ironside spinoff in the mid-1970s about a young San Francisco police detective. She also voiced Malory Archer on FXX’s animated series Archer.

Speaking of SAG, Walter served as 2nd National Vice President of the Screen Actors Guild, and was an elected member of the SAG Board of Directors for over a decade.

Walter began her career in her hometown of New York City where she appeared in numerous Broadway productions including Advise and Consent, Neil Simon’s Rumors, A Severed Head, Nightlife and Photo Finish, for which she earned the Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Newcomer. Also on stage, Walter worked at New York’s Playwright’s Horizons and the Los Angeles Theater Center, where she starred in Tartuffeopposite the late Ron Leibman, her Emmy- and Tony-winning husband. She also starred in the Broadway revival of Anything Goes, which picked up several Tony Awards.

Walter is survived by daughter Brooke Bowman, who is SVP Drama Programming at Fox Entertainment, and grandson Micah Heymann.

Bowman said in a 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.”

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

She will Always be, "Mother" in my book.

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I'll always remember her as the long-suffering wife of Charlton Heston in the 1969 pro football drama "Number One" (also known as "Pro"). Heston played Ron "Cat" Catlan, an aging New Orleans Saints quarterback who became involved in an affair with a model-turned-business owner (Diana Muldaur).

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1 hour ago, NipkowDisc said:

something about Jessica Walter always reminded me of Elizabeth Ashley.

 

Yeah, I can see that I suppose. But in my case and for whatever reason, the lovely Jessica Walter always reminded me of Lee Grant.

(...the above of course being neither here nor there)

R.I.P., lovely lady.

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19 hours ago, jakeem said:

I'll always remember her as the long-suffering wife of Charlton Heston in the 1969 pro football drama "Number One" (also known as "Pro"). Heston played Ron "Cat" Catlan, an aging New Orleans Saints quarterback who became involved in an affair with a model-turned-business owner (Diana Muldaur).

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I'll have to see that. But just within one post, you reminded me of both Jessica, the subject of this thread, and Diana Muldaur, two actresses who, well.... didn't have good luck on television shows of a slightly later era... Jessica Walter was killed off three times on Murder, She Wrote, and as for Diana, well, the image says it all....

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This may be the best dialogue from Archer:  (Episode 4.11)

 

Lana: I just this second realized why you want to stay here. Cyril’s just the Vader to your Palpatine.
Mallory: Is that a reference I should get, or...?
Lana: Seriously?
Mallory: Well, I’m sorry, Lana, I didn’t go to rabbinical school.
Lana: It’s from... No. You know what? Never mind. But, spoiler alert: Vader ends up killing Palpatine.
Cherlene: But only for three days, right? And then he moves the rock and comes out of his cave stronger than ever.
Pam: Then he shuts off the tractor beam, releasing the Jews from captivity.
Lana: What?!
Mallory: Wait, yes. Now that sounds familiar.
Lana: It cannot possibly.
Mallory: Gospel of Luke?
Lana: Oh, for.... Ray? You used to be a preacher. You want to back me up here?
Ray: I actually don’t know. My church didn’t really do the New Testament.
Lana: The one with Jesus Christ in it.
Ray: I mean, I take your word for it?
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Still sad of her passing. Loved her of course, in Play Misty For Me, but enjoyed her other roles too. Shoot, even her role in the Columbo episode although it wasn't the best written character part for her as she didn't seem as bothered that her husband died. But I digress...

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6 hours ago, Phil Packer said:

Still sad of her passing. Loved her of course, in Play Misty For Me, but enjoyed her other roles too. Shoot, even her role in the Columbo episode although it wasn't the best written character part for her as she didn't seem as bothered that her husband died. But I digress...

I learned to play the song Misty because of this film.    Of course Clint Eastwood is a big fan of jazz music;  e.g. he directed and produced one of the best films about a jazz musician, Bird - 1988).       Play Misty For Me is a creepy film and Jessica Walter give a great performance.    

  

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