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Also Known As: Died:
Born: January 31, 1941 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, voice actor

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A formidable screen presence, Jessica Walter worked steadily on television but made her first impression on critics as the frigid gossip Libby in Sidney Lumet's "The Group" (1966). She delivered on her promise as a woman romantically obsessed with Clint Eastwood in the influential thriller "Play Misty for Me" (1971). She won an Emmy for playing "Amy Prentiss" (NBC, 1974-75), a groundbreaking female police chief and earned another nomination for recurring as the ex-wife of "Trapper John, M.D." (CBS, 1979-1986). She played a bored housewife in Garry Marshall's "The Flamingo Kid" (1984), the campily named "Kay Mart" in the cult hit "Tapeheads" (1988), and the college president facing off against Jeremy Piven in "PCU" (1994). On television, she played a series of family matriarchs: the voice of Fran on "Dinosaurs" (ABC, 1991-94); the brilliantly boozy and manipulative Lucille Bluth on the much beloved "Arrested Development" (Fox, 2003-06); the alcoholic grandmother on "90210" (The CW, 2008- ); and the voice of the slinky, oversexed superspy Malory Archer on the animated cult fave "Archer" (FX, 2009- ). As fans cheered upon hearing that a new "Arrested Development" series was in production, Walter was...

A formidable screen presence, Jessica Walter worked steadily on television but made her first impression on critics as the frigid gossip Libby in Sidney Lumet's "The Group" (1966). She delivered on her promise as a woman romantically obsessed with Clint Eastwood in the influential thriller "Play Misty for Me" (1971). She won an Emmy for playing "Amy Prentiss" (NBC, 1974-75), a groundbreaking female police chief and earned another nomination for recurring as the ex-wife of "Trapper John, M.D." (CBS, 1979-1986). She played a bored housewife in Garry Marshall's "The Flamingo Kid" (1984), the campily named "Kay Mart" in the cult hit "Tapeheads" (1988), and the college president facing off against Jeremy Piven in "PCU" (1994). On television, she played a series of family matriarchs: the voice of Fran on "Dinosaurs" (ABC, 1991-94); the brilliantly boozy and manipulative Lucille Bluth on the much beloved "Arrested Development" (Fox, 2003-06); the alcoholic grandmother on "90210" (The CW, 2008- ); and the voice of the slinky, oversexed superspy Malory Archer on the animated cult fave "Archer" (FX, 2009- ). As fans cheered upon hearing that a new "Arrested Development" series was in production, Walter was tapped alongside George Segal to return to live-action sitcoms to play the parents of a young man who "Retired at 35" (TV Land, 2011- ). An impressively arch comedic force who only improved with age, Jessica Walter enjoyed an amazingly career trajectory, proving that true talent was the most invaluable asset an actor of any age could have.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Dummy (2002) Fern Schoichet
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 Grownups (2001) Mrs Epstein
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 Mother Knows Best (1997) Joan
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 Temptress, The (1995) Dr Phyllis Evergreen
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 Leave of Absence (1994) Bess Kaufman
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 PCU (1994) President Garcia-Thompson (The Establishment)
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1958:
Stage debut in a Bucks County Playhouse production of "Middle of the Night"
1961:
Broadway debut as Liz in "Advise and Consent"
1962:
Joined the CBS soap opera "Love of Life" as a regular cast member
1964:
Made feature film debut in "Lillith" starring Warren Beatty
1965:
Played William Shatner's wife on the short-lived CBS series "For the People"
1966:
Had a memorable screen role as Libby in "The Group"
1969:
Made TV-movie debut in "The Immortal" (ABC)
1970:
Returned to the stage in "The Women" for the Repertory Theatre of New Orleans
1971:
Had one of her best screen roles as a psychotic in Clint Eastwood's "Play Misty for Me"
1974:
Starred in the NBC series "Amy Prentiss"
1977:
Cast on the short-lived syndicated series "All That Glitters"
1978:
Made miniseries debut in "Wheels" (NBC)
1980:
Had recurring role on "Trapper John, M.D." (CBS)
1983:
Was a member of an ensemble cast in "Bare Essence" (NBC)
1984:
Played a bored affluent housewife in "The Flamingo Kid"
1988:
Returned to Broadway in Neil Simon's "Rumors"
1988:
Had regular role on "Aaron's Way" (NBC)
1991:
Provided the voice of the mother on "Dinosaurs" (ABC)
1992:
Cast on the short-lived series "The Rountable" (NBC)
1997:
Had short-term role on the ABC drama "One Life to Live"
1998:
Appeared in the comedy feature "Slums of Beverly Hills"
1998:
Played Cynthia Stevenson's mother in the Lifetime sitcom "Oh Baby"
2003:
Cast as Lucille Bluth, the boozy, controlling mother on the FOX sitcom "Arrested Development"; earned a Supporting Actress Emmy (2005) nomination
2007:
Appeared in three episodes of the TNT series "Saving Grace"
2008:
Cast as Tabitha Wilson on "90210" (CW) a spin-off of the 90s series "Beverly Hills, 90210"
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Education

Bucks County Playhouse: Bucks County , Pennsylvania -
Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York , New York -
The High School of Performing Arts: New York , New York - 1958

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husband:
Ross Bowman. Married in 1966; divorced in 1978.
husband:
Ron Leibman. Actor. Liebman had previously been married (until 1980) to actor Linda Lavin.

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father:
David Walter. Musician.
mother:
Esther Walter. Teacher.
daughter:
Brooke Bowman.

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