Award-winning actress Jessica Walter – best known for starring in Clint Eastwood’s directorial debut ‘Play Misty For Me’ and for her hilarious portrayal of Lucille Bluth in Arrested Development – has passed away in her sleep. She was 80.
“It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of my beloved mom Jessica,” Walters’ daughter, Brooke Bowman, said in a statement to Deadline.
“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.”
Walter was born in 1941 in Brooklyn and grew up in the Queens neighbourhood of Astoria.
She got her start in the 1960s, winning the Clarence Derwent Award in 1963 for Outstanding Debut Broadway Performance for ‘Photo Finish.’ Her first TV role came on the soap opera ‘Love of Life’ in 1962.