‘Arrested Development’ Actor Jessica Walter Dies At 80

Jessica Walter, the Emmy-winning actor best known for her role in “Arrested Development,” has died. She was 80 years old.

Walter’s lengthy and distinguished career ended Wednesday when she died in her sleep at her New York City home, according to Deadline

Her daughter Brooke Bowman, a Fox Entertainment executive, also confirmed the news. 

“It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of my beloved mom, Jessica,” Bowman said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “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 husband of more than three decades and her voice acting partner in the animated series “Archer,” Ron Leibman, had died in 2019 at age 82. 

Born in Brooklyn on Jan. 31, 1941, Walter got her start in New York City, appearing on Broadway before moving to the screen. 

She was nominated for four Emmy awards, including for her role as the manipulative, out-of-touch alcoholic Lucille Bluth in “Arrested Development.” She won once, in 1975, for playing the title character in the short-lived crime drama “Amy Prentiss.” 

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