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Legendary Actress Jessica Walters Passes Away At 80

Legendary actress Jessica Walters, most recently known for her turns as Lucille Bluth on Arrested Development and Malory Archer on FX’s Archer, has died at age 80, has confirmed. She passed away in her sleep in her New York home last night.

Across her decades-spanning career, Walters was nominated for both Emmy and SAG awards and lent her incredible talents to film, TV, and Broadway. In addition to her now iconic (and frequently memed) role as the hilariously cruel Lucille Bluth, Walters also starred in such pieces of cinematic history as Clint Eastwood’s Play Misty For Me which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.

On the stage, Walters performed in multiple Tony award winning productions such as Anything Goes, and most recently a 2016 revival of Steel Magnolias. When she wasn’t turning out gut-splitting live-action performances, Walters lent her talents to animated shows like Archer, where she delivered deadpan zingers as Archer’s mother Mallory across a whopping 110 episodes.

Walters is survived by her daughter, Brooke Bowman, who issued this statement on her mother’s passing: “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.”

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