Arrested Development actress Jessica Walter has died at the age of 80. She died on Wednesday at her home in New York City. Walter was most famously known for her role as Lucille Bluth in Arrested Development.
Her daughter, Brooke Bowman, broke the heartbreaking news
“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.”
20th Television, the studio for Arrested Development, also made an official statement regarding Jessica Walter’s death
“Jessica Walter’s spectacular turn as the devilish Lucille Bluth is one of the great comedic performances of television history, and we loved working with her as much as audiences loved her. Our hearts go out to her family and friends, particularly her daughter, and our former colleague, Brooke. We know that heaven just got a whole lot funnier with Jessica now in residence.”
Jessica Walter was also a voice for the character of Malory Archer on FX’s series, ‘Archer’. The show was going into its 12th official season. She also starred in many popular shows such as ‘Retired at 35’, and ‘Amy Prentiss’. Walter even won an Emmy for her performance in ‘Amy Prentiss’.
Whilst promoting the latest season of Arrested Development in 2018, Jessica Walter revealed that her co-star Jeffrey Tambor (who played her on-screen ex-husband) was verbally abusive towards her:
“He never crossed the line on our show, with any, you know, sexual whatever. Verbally, yes, he harassed me, but he did apologize. In like almost 60 years of working, I’ve never had anybody yell at me like that on a set.”
The actress was beloved in the industry and many are devasted at the news
Many tweeted out their condolences to Jessica Walter’s family and had nothing but praise for the late actress. Everyone was remembering her iconic lines and hilarious moments on-screen.
Jessica Walter was an unparalleled talent. So funny. So insanely good in everything she was in. Wonderful to be around. I will miss her.
— h. jon benjamin (@HJBenjamin) March 25, 2021
I am so sad about Jessica Walter. She provided withering acerbic comedy so organically and still retained such warmth. So rare. That is a gift of light!
— Bolu Babalola (@BeeBabs) March 25, 2021
thinking about how archer's producers put out a call for a "jessica walter type" for the role of mallory and her agent was like "do you guys want jessica walter" and from then the selling point of the show became "we have jessica walter"
— sloane (sîpihkopiyesîs) (@cottoncandaddy) March 25, 2021
Jessica Walter’s performance in Arrested Development made me look forward to one day being a mean old bitch. RIP.
— Erin Zero Republicans Ryan (@morninggloria) March 25, 2021
RIP JESSICA WALTER THIS IS THE MOST ICONIC LINE IN TELEVISION HISTORY pic.twitter.com/UWdXthx9Ku
— Naomi (@flurtcobain) March 25, 2021
Jessica Walter was iconic in the only way that really matters to me. Everything she said immediately became a thing nobody else possibly could have said. You will hear her voice when you ask how much things cost for the rest of your life
— Jess Zimmerman (@j_zimms) March 25, 2021
Her voice was unmistakable. Her talent was undeniable.
Thank you for sharing your gifts with us Jessica Walter. Rest in peace, legend. pic.twitter.com/cleCoiXCCL
— Netflix (@netflix) March 25, 2021
This is so incredibly sad. I loved Jessica so much. She was so funny and marched to the tune of her own drummer. A true original whom I had the honor of working with several times. So much love to you, Jessica. Rest In Peace. ❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/Sm0tqvE4Os
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) March 25, 2021
Her Arrested Development co-star, David Cross, also tweeted out:
I just heard the shitty news about Jessica Walter an absolutely brilliant actress and amazing talent. I consider myself privileged and very lucky to have been able to work with her. Lucille Bluth is one of TV's greatest characters
— david cross✍ (@davidcrosss) March 25, 2021
Jessica Walter never missed. If she didn’t get a laugh there was a problem with the script.
— John Levenstein (@johnlevenstein) March 25, 2021
Rest in peace, Jessica Walter.