Marcia Wallace, Star of ‘The Bob Newhart Show’ and Voice of Mrs. Krabappel, Dies at 70

Marcia Wallace Dead; voice of Mrs.

Marcia Wallace, who starred as receptionist Carol Kester on “The Bob Newhart Show” and voiced teacher Edna Krabappel on “The Simpsons,” died Friday. She would have turned 71 on Nov. 1.

TMZ reported the actress died at her home in Los Angeles but other details remained unclear.

Wallace won an Emmy for outstanding voiceover performance on “The Simpsons” in 1992.

Born in Creston, Iowa, she moved to New York after graduating college and worked in off-Broadway productions. The role of the receptionist on “The Bob Newhart Show” was written specifically for her after she had appeared numerous times on “The Merv Griffin Show.”

After “Bob Newhart,” she went on to appear on several game shows and on “ALF,” “Full House” and “Bewitched” as well as “Murphy Brown,” “The Brady Bunch,” “Taxi” and “Murder, She Wrote.”

She appeared in more than 100 episodes of “The Simpsons” as Bart Simpson’s teacher, who eventually marries Ned Flanders.

She also appeared in films such as “My Mother the Werewolf,” “Teen Witch” and “Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College.” Wallace appeared onstage in productions including “The Vagina Monologues.” She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1985 and published a memoir “Don’t Look Back, We’re Not Going That Way!”

She is survived by a son, actor Mikey Hawley.

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  1. MARCIA I LOOKING FORWARD TO MEETING YOU AND SUZANNE IN THE RESURRECTION ON THE PARADISE EARTH.I INVITED BOB NEWHART,JACK RILEY AND BILL DAILEY TO THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION WILL BE ALL OVER 50 STATES.I GAVE THEM A WITNESS ABOUT START STUDYING THE TRUTH AND COME TO THE KINGDOM HALL AND DO SOMETHING WITH THE TRUTH SO THEY WILL SEE YOU AND SUZANNE AGAIN.

  2. MARY M RDGZ says:

    MAY SHE REST IN PEACE….FUNNY LADY.

  3. Hal Pritzker says:

    I always liked Marcia. She was great on the Newhart show. I never cease to be disgusted that fine human beings like her leave so early…and bitches like Joan Rivers are still around. Want justice? Look it up in the dictionary.

  4. What an awesome woman. Especially <3 'd her on Bob Newhart show sooooo funny, but also did an incredible job on The Simpsons! So very talented. May she rest in peace.

  5. We will Miss you Edna The Show will not be the same without Edna K

  6. Steve Sajkunovic says:

    We will miss you Mrs. K.

  7. George glaser says:

    I knew Marcia at Parsons College and remember her humor well.Accompanied her with others to a wedding near Sioux City she kept us entertained all the way.The entertainment community has lost a wonderful talent

  8. Chris says:

    Awww. “Krabappel? I’ve been calling her Krandal.” RIP, Mrs. Wallace.

  9. Laurie keck says:

    Marcia rip you. Will be missed. You were a great actress. May your. Legend live on thru you son and reruns

  10. bart simpson says:

    kiss on the cheek. I’ll miss you Mrs. Krabappel!

  11. edith police says:

    r.i.p. Carol….

  12. Sad! I really liked her in Newhart!

  13. kc says:

    Poor Flanders…now he’s lost two wives.

  14. sachanikoll says:

    Oh no. I love her character on the Bob’s New Hart show.

  15. Hope Holiday says:

    Well very sad news –an old buddy —we go back to the old ”Theater West ”days —early seventies–sleep well dear Marcia—you will be missed—

    • Frank W says:

      Awwww I’m so sorry. Hugs for you. I loved her on Newhart. A very important cog in the wheel that ran the show to success.

  16. Willow says:

    ~~Rest in Peace~~

  17. Kelly says:

    Always a Class Act. She will be missed by her many loyal fans.

  18. Chris says:

    All the moving parts of the Newhart show worked brilliantly. As did Marcia Wallace. As a nerdy kid in the 1970s I always sat down to watch on Saturday night. She was a truly great talent.

  19. cadavra says:

    She was always a howl on “The Match Game” as well. 70 is way too young for a talent like hers.

  20. Roxanne Santoro says:

    I loved her as Carol on The Bob Newhart Show.She was a very gifted and talented performer-She will be missed.

  21. Sean Bagley says:

    How lucky we were to know the work of this fabulous lady! As a kid growing up in the late 60’s & 70’s, Marcia’s Carol Kester character on The Bob Newhart Show was a cherished, integral element in an extraordinary cast. Truly the favorite character of mine– I’m so sad the real-life “pilot” of Carol Kester had to leave. I wish wish that spirit soars high and free.

  22. Denise says:

    Sweet lady! This is very sad news.

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