Creston, Iowa, USA
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The Bob Newhart Show, The Simpsons
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Marcia Joan Wallace (born November 1, 1942-October 25, 2013; Creston, Iowa) is an American character actress, comedienne and game show panelist, primarily known for her roles in television situation comedies. A Delta Zeta alumna, she was perhaps best known for her roles as receptionist Carol Kester on the 1970s sitcom, The Bob Newhart Show, and as the voice of Edna Krabappel on the animated series The Simpsons, for which she won an Emmy for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in 1992. Wallace moved from Iowa to New York the day that she graduated from college. After performing in summer stock and teaching English as a substitute teacher in the Bronx, she began her performing career in 1968, appearing for a year off-Broadway with the improvisational group, The Fourth Wall. Afterwards, she made several other appearances in improvisational show, and, after losing 100 pounds from her previous weight of 230, appeared in a nude production of Dark of the Moon at the avant-garde Mercer Arts Center. She also did commercials and studied with renowned acting teacher Uta Hagen. Wallace was a semi-regular on the The Merv Griffin Show, appearing over 50 times, and moved to Hollywood at Griffin`s request. One of these appearances in March 1972 led to a supporting role on the The Bob Newhart Show as Carol Kester (later Carol Kester Bondurant), receptionist to Bob Newhart. When that series ended its six-season run in 1978, Wallace began three decades of television appearances as a game show panelist, on shows such as Hollywood Squares, Password Plus and its 1980s spin-off Super Password, Whew!, the 1980s version of Crosswits, Hot Potato, Body Language, The $25,000 Pyramid, Double Talk, Win, Lose or Draw, To Tell the Truth and Match Game. She was also on special celebrity episodes of the Ray Combs version of Family Feud and the Jim Perry version of Card Sharks. In April 2008, Wallace appeared on the interactive show GSN Live. In addition to her game show appearances, Wallace was seen on television as a school principal in two episodes of Alf, played "Mrs. Caruthers" in a few episodes of Full House. and appeared in episode #227 of Bewitched ("Laugh, Clown, Laugh") as Darrin`s secretary, in 1971. She and Bob Newhart both reprised their signature roles from The Bob Newhart Show in episode #147 of Murphy Brown ("Anything But Cured"). She also appeared on The Brady Bunch twice, once as Marsha`s teacher and once as the woman who sold Jan a Mod New Wig in "Will The Real Jan Brady Please Stand Up". During this time, Wallace also had guest appearances on Murder She Wrote, Magnum, P.I., Taxi and A Different World, Later, Wallace played the maid on the satirical series That`s My Bush!, and, in 2009, appeared on the daytime soap The Young and the Restless where she played an inefficient assistant kidnapper, Annie Wilkes. She currently has a recurring role on The Simpsons as Edna Krabappel, which earned her an Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in 1992.
Wallace was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1985, after which she became an activist and lecturer on the subject. On January 27, 2007, Wallace 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 20 years as a breast cancer survivor. Her autobiography, Don`t Look Back, We`re Not Going That Way, which was published in 2004, recounts the early detection of her breast cancer, the loss of her husband Dennis to cancer, her nervous breakdown, her single motherhood and other experiences.
Wallace passed away in Los Angeles, California at the age of 70, from complications of breast cancer.
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Marcia Karen Wallace
Marcia Karen Wallace (November 1, 1942 – October 25, 2013) was an American actress, voice artist, comedian, and game show panelist, primarily known for her roles in television situation comedies. She is perhaps best known for her roles as receptionist Carol Kester on the 1970s sitcom The Bob Newhart Show, and as the voice of elementary school teacher Edna Krabappel on the animated series The Simpsons, for which she won an Emmy in 1992.
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Los Angeles, California, USA
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Arthur "Poke" Wallace
Mikey Hawley (Adopted-Son)
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Los Angeles, New York
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