Mrs. Krabappel, Marcia Wallace Has Died

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace, left, met RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, right, on the set of The New $25,000 Pyramid. DiMaio was a contestant and used all of his winnings (roughly $300) to produce his film RECOiL. Wallace agreed to appear in the film to, in her own words, “get him to shut up about it!”

Los Angeles—Marcia Wallace, best known as the voice of Bart Simpson’s 4th grade teacher, Edna Krabappel on “The Simpsons,” has died at 70. The cause of her death has not been released.

Wallace first came to the attention of television audiences playing the role of Carol Kester on “The Bob Newhart Show” for six seasons during the 1970s.

She was also a staple on TV game shows, appearing on “The $25,000 Pyramid,” “Hollywood Squares,” “Match Game” and “Super Password.”

Besides television, Wallace had a prolific theater career. She also appeared on the big screen in such films as “My Mother The Werewolf,” “Teen Witch,” “RECOiL” and “Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go To College.”

Wallace was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1985 and later became an activist and lecturer on the disease. She won an Emmy Award in 1992 for her portrayal of Krabappel. Producers of “The Simpsons” have confirmed the character will be retired.

She is survived by her adopted son, Michael Hawley.