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Marcia Karen Wallace (November 1, 1942 – October 25, 2013)[1] was an Emmy-winning actress from Creston, Iowa, United States, best known for her roles in The Bob Newhart Show and The Simpsons. She was a Delta Zeta alumna. She voiced Edna Krabappel. She had also voiced Ms. Mellon in "Bart the Genius."


Wallace was best known for her roles as Carol Kester Bondurant, the receptionist for Bob Newhart (to people over 40) in The Bob Newhart Show and as the voice of Edna Krabappel in The Simpsons, for which she won an Emmy for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in 1992.

She was an occasional celebrity panelist on Match Game and played "Mrs. Carruthers" in a few episodes of the ABC sitcom Full House. She also played the maid on the short-lived TV series That's My Bush! and appeared in episode #227 of Bewitched ("Laugh, Clown, Laugh"), as Darrin's secretary, in 1971.

Wallace was a breast cancer survivor and activist who lectured on the subject [1]. On January 27, 2007, she won the Gilda Radner Courage Award from Roswell Park Cancer Institute for helping educate Americans about the importance of early cancer detection and inspiring others through her 2 decades as a breast cancer survivor.

Her book, Don't Look Back We're Not Going That Way, is a biography that recounts the early detection of her breast cancer, the loss of her husband Denny to cancer, her nervous breakdown, her single motherhood, and other experiences.


Four Regrettings and a Funeral (Chalkboard Gag)

Al Jean stated that due to Wallace's passing, the character Edna Krabappel would be retired, as it wouldn't feel like the same character with a different voice actor and it was paying their respects.[2] While her retirement was confirmed in "The Man Who Grew Too Much", the cause of her retirement remains unknown. In said episode, the credits showed a small tribute to Marcia and her work as the voice actress of Edna.


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  • Wallace was the first and most recurring guest star throughout the series.


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Cast and Crew
Dan Castellaneta | Julie Kavner | Nancy Cartwright | Yeardley Smith | Hank Azaria | Harry Shearer
Also Starring
Pamela Hayden | Tress MacNeille | Maggie Roswell | Russi Taylor | Karl Wiedergott | Christopher Collins | Doris Grau | Jo Ann Harris | Marcia Mitzman Gaven
Special Guest Voices
Kelsey Grammer | Maurice LaMarche | Joe Mantegna | Marcia Wallace | Greg Berg | Albert Brooks | Phil Hartman | Jan Hooks | Jane Kaczmarek | Jon Lovitz | Frank Welker