Marcia Wallace, the voice of Edna Krabappel, Bart's acerbic teacher on ‘The Simpsons,’ passes away at the age of 70 on Friday, October 25.
Marcia Wallace, the voice of Edna Krabappel, Bart's acerbic teacher on The Simpsons, passed away at the age of 70 on Friday, October 25, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times. One week shy of her 71st birthday, she died in her home of complications due to pneumonia.
Wallace had a storied history on TV. She first appeared on Bewitched, in 1971, before taking regular roles on The Bob Newhart Show, Full House and many more. Still, it's her delivery of the simple line, "Ha!" for which Wallace will probably be best remembered.
“I don’t intend to have anyone else play Mrs. Krabappel,” Simpsons exec producer Al Jean told The L.A. Times. “I think Bart will get a new teacher.” Jean also said that the Nov. 3 episode of the show will include a tribute to the beloved comic actress. “She was sweet, and funny, not at all pretentious. You fall in love with these people when you see them as characters on television, but when you met Marcia, you loved her even more.”
Wallace won an Emmy in 1992 for her work on the Fox animated series. Among her many other roles were Mrs. Beaver on The Angry Beavers, Maggie Hawley in That’s My Bush, and Clovis/Mrs. Cavanaugh on Darkwing Duck.
She is survived by her son, Michael Hawley, who is also a performer and voiceover actor, her sister Sherry Wallace and brother Jimmy Wallace.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.