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"Simpsons" Star Marcia Wallace Dies At 70

by Jennifer Taylor

The star voiced Edna Krabappel on the long-running series.

Marcia Wallace, who voiced Bart Simpson’s teacher Edna Krabappel for all 24 years of The Simpsons, died at her home in Los Angeles while surrounded by her family, according to TMZ. She was 70.

Wallace’s caregiver told TMZ that she had been sick for a few months, but did not go into specifics on what killed her.

Besides being an actor, Wallace who also a breast cancer survivor for 28 years, and had been a huge breast cancer activist.

Comedian Frank DeCaro first broke the news of Wallace’s passing on Twitter Friday night.

Frank DeCaro @frankdecaroshow

Our dear sweet friend Marcia Wallace has died. A walking lesson in comedy. Long live Carol Kester & Edna Krabappel!

The actress started her career with small roles on shows like The Brady Bunch and Bewitched, getting her big break as wisecracking secretary Carol Kester on The Bob Newhart Show. Starting in the ’70s, she also spent three decades appearing on various game shows like Hollywood Squares.

In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, producer Al Jean expressed his grief at the loss of a beloved character and actress.

“I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace,” Jean said. “She was beloved by all at The Simpsons and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character.”

Jean told EW that The Simpsons will be retiring her character.

By  BuzzFeed.Com

The 8 Sassiest Quotes From “The Simpsons”’ Edna Krabappel

1. On romance.

2. On motivation.

3. On managing expectations.

"Some of you may discover a wonderful vocation you’d never imagined. Others may find out life isn’t fair; in spite of your Masters from Bryn Mawr, you might end up a glorified babysitter to a bunch of dead-eyed fourth graders while your husband runs naked on a beach with your marriage counsellor."

4. On consequences.

5. On priorities.

6. On being a glass-half-full person.

7. On knowing when to let them win.

"Well class, the history of our country has changed again, to correspond with Bart’s answers on yesterday’s test. America was now discovered in 1942 by ‘some guy.’ And our country isn’t called America anymore. It’s called Bonerland."

8. On the realities of life as an educator.

By BuzzFeed.Com

But long before "The Simpsons," a generation of TV watchers knew her as Bob Newhart's joke-loving receptionist, Carol Kester, who minded the central desk at Dr. Bob Hartley's shared office suite on "The Bob Newhart Show." The character became so well-known that in 1994, Wallace reprised the role of Kester on "Murphy Brown." She was nominated for an Emmy for that guest appearance.

Wallace was also a game-show regular, making more than a dozen appearances on shows including "Hollywood Squares," "Match Game," "The $25,000 Pyramid" and "To Tell the Truth," among others.

She had numerous TV appearances, and is remembered by "Brady Bunch" fans as the saleswoman who sold middle sister Jan a black wig in an infamous episode about accepting who you are. Other shows on her resume include "Charles in Charge," "ALF," "A Different World," "Magnum, P.I." and "The Young & The Restless."  

Wallace appeared in movies as well, including the 1989 comedy "Teen Witch," and had filmed a part in the 2014 film "Muffin Top: A Love Story." Cathryn Michon, director of "Muffin Top," wrote on Twitter that she was "devastated" by Wallace's death.

In 2004, Wallace published her autobiography, "Don't Look Back, We're Not Going That Way!" In it she discussed her life and career, including the 1992 death of her husband, Dennis Hawley, from pancreatic cancer. The couple had one son, Michael.

By  NBCNews.Com