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Jessica Walter 2021 Photos. Remembering . 1941.2021

Jessica Walter 2021 Photos. Remembering . 1941.2021

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Jessica Walter, who played a scheming matriarch in TV's "Arrested Development," has died

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She was 80

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Jessica Walter, who played a scheming matriarch in TV’s “Arrested Development,” has died.

She was 80.

FILE – In this May 17, 2018 file photo, Jessica Walter attends the LA Premiere of “Arrested Development” Season Five in Los Angeles.

Walter, who played a scheming matriarch in television series, has died.

She was 80.

Walter’s death was confirmed Thursday, March 25, 2021, by her daughter, Brooke Bowman.

The actor’s best-known film roles included playing the stalker in Clint Eastwood’s 1971 thriller, “Play Misty for Me.” (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Creator and Cast of “Arrested Development” TV series Mitchell Hurwitz, Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Bateman, Jessica Walter and Will Arnett pose at the Jason Bateman Star ceremony at the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Los Angeles.

(Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

FILE – Peter Falk of “Columbo” gives Jessica Walter of “Amy Prentice” a kiss after both won Emmys on May 19, 1975.

Walter won for best actress in a limited series while Falk was named best actor in a lined series.

Walter, who played a scheming matriarch in TV’s “Arrested Development,” has died.

She was 80.

Walter’s death was confirmed Thursday, March 25, 2021, by her daughter, Brooke Bowman.

The actor’s best-known film roles included playing the stalker in Clint Eastwood’s 1971 thriller, “Play Misty for Me.” (AP Photo, File)

FILE – Jessica Walter arrives at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan.

18, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Walter, who played a scheming matriarch in TV’s “Arrested Development,” has died.

She was 80.

Walter’s death was confirmed Thursday, March 25, 2021, by her daughter, Brooke Bowman.

The actor’s best-known film roles included playing the stalker in Clint Eastwood’s 1971 thriller, “Play Misty for Me.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

FILE – Jessica Walter arrives for the 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept.

18, 2005, Los Angeles.

Walter, who played a scheming matriarch in TV’s “Arrested Development,” has died.

She was 80.

Walter’s death was confirmed Thursday, March 25, 2021, by her daughter, Brooke Bowman.

The actor’s best-known film roles included playing the stalker in Clint Eastwood’s 1971 thriller, “Play Misty for Me.” (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

FILE – Actress Jessica Walter applauds after “Arrested Development” wins for outstanding comedy series during the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept.

19, 2004, in Los Angeles.

Walter, who played a scheming matriarch in the television series, has died.

She was 80.

Walter’s death was confirmed Thursday, March 25, 2021, by her daughter, Brooke Bowman.

The actor’s best-known film roles included playing the stalker in Clint Eastwood’s 1971 thriller, “Play Misty for Me.” (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

FILE – This Sept.

18, 2005 file photo shows Ron Leibman, left, with his wife Jessica Walter at the 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.

Leibman, who appeared in movies, theater and television in a career that spanned six decades and won a Tony for Tony Kushner’s iconic play ”Angels in America,” has died after an illness at age 82.

Leibman’s agent, Robert Attermann, said the actor died Friday, Dec.

6, 2019.

(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

Aisha Tyler, left, and Jessica Walter pose together at the FOX All Star Party, Monday, Aug.

2, 2010, in Santa Monica, Calif.

(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Jessica Walter arrives at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Saturday, Jan.

18, 2014, in Los Angeles.

(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Jessica Walter arrives at the season 4 premiere of “Arrested Development” at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Monday, April 29, 2013 in Los Angeles.

(Photo by Katy Winn/Invision/AP)

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LOS ANGELES — Jessica Walter, whose roles as a scheming matriarch in TV’s “Arrested Development” and a stalker in “Play Misty for Me” were in line with a career that drew on her astringent screen presence more than her good looks, has died.

She was 80.

Walter’s death was confirmed Thursday by her daughter, Brooke Bowman, an entertainment industry executive.

A cause of death and other details were not immediately provided.

“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,” Bowman said in a statement.

Walter will also be well-remembered for “her wit, class and overall joie de vivre,” or life of love, her daughter added.

“She was a force, and her talent and timing were unmatched,” Tony Hale, her “Arrested Development” co-star said on Twitter.

“I loved you Jessica Walter.

I grew up watching you AND admiring you.

Always consistently excellent,” Viola Davis tweeted.

Although Walter’s photogenic appearance qualified her for standard leading lady roles, she claimed no regrets about being viewed as a character actor.

She loved playing difficult women because “those are the fun roles.

They’re juicy, much better than playing the vanilla ingénues, you know — Miss Vanilla Ice Cream,” Walter said in an AV Club website interview.

Her most memorable film part was in Clint Eastwood’s 1971 thriller “Play Misty For Me” — her first significant lead — in which she plays Evelyn Draper, the woman who becomes obsessed with Eastwood’s disc jockey character.

Walter was widely praised for her unnerving performance.

A Roger Ebert review compared her to “something like flypaper; the more you struggle against her personality, the more tightly you’re held.”

Walter’s comedic flair as the deeply flawed mom of a dysfunctional family in “Arrested Development” won her a new generation of fans.

She addressed the second-act success in candid style.

“It exposed me to a demographic of people who thought I was sick or dead,” Walter said in a 2013 interview with The Associated Press.

“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 on ‘Arrested Development,’” the series’ producer, 20th Television, said in a statement.

Younger viewers also discovered her gifts in “Archer,” in which she played a petty, martini-swilling spymaster whose deeply dysfunctional relationship with her title character son was the subject of most of the show’s early plots when it launched in 2009.

Walter’s feature debut was in the 1964 film “Lilith,” with Warren Beatty, Jean Seberg and Gene Hackman, who was also on his first film.

She won a role in John Frankenheimer’s racing epic “Grand Prix,” from 1966, as the glamorous but discontented wife of a Formula One racer who falls for another driver.

That same year she appeared in Sidney Lumet’s “The Group,” a female-led ensemble about the graduates of a prestigious university (Walter played the catty Libby), and acted for Lumet again in 1968’s “Bye Bye Braverman.”

Walter was the Brooklyn-born, Queens-raised daughter of a Soviet immigrant mother who was a teacher and a father who played bass in the NBC Symphony Orchestra.

She graduated from New York’s High School of the Performing Arts and by her early 20s was an established actress who would work steadily for the rest of her life.

She made her Broadway debut in 1963’s “Photo Finish” and starred in the TV series “Love of Life” from 1962 to 1965.

She made numerous appearances on popular ’60s shows including “Naked City,” “Route 66,” “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour,” “The Fugitive” and “Flipper.”

Walter earned an Emmy for best actress in a limited series in 1975 for “Amy Prentiss,” in which she played the title character, the first woman to become chief of detectives in the San Francisco Police Department.

The show, a spin-off of “Ironside,” featured Helen Hunt as Walter’s teenage daughter.

Walter was married to Ross Bowman from 1966 to 1978, with whom she had daughter Brooke.

Walter was married to actor Ron Leibman from 1983 until his death in 2019.

Walter and Leibman, who won a Tony Award for playing Roy Cohn in 1993’s “Angels in America,” were often co-stars, including a Broadway run in 1988 of Neil Simon’s “Rumours,” and on “Archer,” where Leibman also voiced a recurring role as her husband.

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AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr and AP Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton contributed to this report.

Lynn Elber, The Associated Press

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