Jessica Walter lifeless: ‘Arrested Improvement’ actress was 80

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Jessica Walter, an actor whose profession spanned six a long time and included signature roles on “Arrested Improvement” and “Archer,” has died, her publicist has confirmed. She was 80.

The Emmy winner for lead actress in TV’s “Amy Prentiss” died in her sleep Wednesday at her residence in New York Metropolis.

“It’s with a heavy coronary heart that I verify the passing of my beloved mother Jessica,” her daughter, Brooke Bowman mentioned in a press release Thursday. “A working actor for over six a long time, her biggest pleasure was bringing pleasure to others by her storytelling each on display screen and off. Whereas her legacy will stay on by her physique of labor, she may even be remembered by many for her wit, class and total joie de vivre.”

Lately, Walter performed Malory Archer on the FX tv collection “Archer” and Lucille Bluth on Fox’s “Arrested Improvement.”

Along with her Emmy win, Walter was nominated three different instances for the award, for work on “Arrested Improvement,” “Trapper John, M.D.” and “The Streets of San Francisco.” She was nominated for 2 Golden Globes, for the movies “Grand Prix” (1966) and “Play Misty for Me” (1971).

After beginning her profession on stage, Walter labored with New York’s famed Playwrights Horizons and the Los Angeles Theatre Heart. She additionally served as second nationwide vp of the Display Actors Guild and was an elected member of the SAG board of administrators for greater than a decade.

Walter, who was predeceased by husband Ron Leibman in 2019, is survived by daughter Bowman, who’s senior vp for drama programming at Fox Leisure, and grandson Micah Heymann.

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