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Jessica Walter, 'Arrested Development,' 'Archer' star, dead at 80


Jessica Walter attends the premiere of Netflix's 'Arrested Development' Season 5 in 2018. The prolific actress died Wednesday in New York City at 80, according to reports.

Jessica Walter, star of TV shows and films from “Arrested Development” to “Play Misty for Me,” died Wednesday in New York City. She was 80. 

“It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of my beloved mom Jessica,” said her daughter Brooke Bowman 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 had a long, prolific career in Hollywood, most recently in comedies like “Arrested Development,” which aired on Fox and later, Netflix, where she earned legions of fans as snarky, snobby matriarch Lucille Bluth. “As far as I’m concerned, we can never push things enough,” Walter told USA TODAY of the boundary-pushing sitcom in 2005. “We try to do it all with class and elegance.”


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