Actress and comedian Marcia Wallace began her career as a stage actress, appearing with the improv troupe The Fourth Wall and in off-Broadway plays in the late '60s. After a guest appearance on the Merv Griffin Show, Wallace began a thriving TV career playing secretary Carol Kester Bondurant on The Bob Newhart Show and making countless appearances over the coming decades on game shows like Hollywood Squares and To Tell the Truth, as well as shows like Full House and The Young and the Restless. In 1990, she began voicing Edna Krabappel, Bart's jaded 4th grade teacher, on The Simpsons, winning an Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in 1992. Wallace continued to appear on the show in a recurring role up until her death in 2013.
Biography by Cammila Collar
- Was cast in The Bob Newhart Show without an audition after CBS founder William S. Paley saw her on The Merv Griffin Show.
- The title of her 2004 autobiography---Don't Look Back, We're Not Going That Way!---was based on one of her father's sayings.
- Was a breast-cancer activist who in 2007 won the Gilda Radner Courage Award from Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
- In 2009 was named Delta Zeta Woman of the Year by her college sorority.
- Following her death, her character on The Simpsons, Edna Krabappel, was retired from the series.