Marcia Wallace reported dead
Marcia Wallace was one of those people who seemed effortlessly funny…but you knew, deep down, that there was a tremendous amount of work happening.
There are comedians who seem to want people to think, for a brief time, that the world is an amusing place…and do it because they believe that feeling won’t last. That’s how Marcia Wallace struck me.
It’s a humor that is about overcoming the world the way that it is.
Marcia Wallace was perhaps best known for her role as Carol Kester, the full of life receptionist for the complementarily repressed Bob Newhart.
However, contemporary audiences may know her more as Bart Simpson’s teacher, Mrs. Krabappel, on The Simpsons.
Her geek-friendly roles were many, both as a voice artist and in live-action. Those include:
- The Castaways on Gilligan’s Island
- Fantasy Island
- Small Wonder
- Teen Witch
- My Mom’s a Werewolf
- The Munsters Today
- Ghoulies III
- Darkwing Duck
- Batman: The Animated Series
- The Addams Family (the early 1990s revival with Rip Torn as Uncle Fester)
- Captain Planet
- the Aladdin TV series
- Teen Angel
- Angry Beavers
Good-bye, Marcia Wallace…the world is less wacky without you. Know that, although you are no longer with us, your work will continue to provide people who need it that escape from their troubles you wanted to give them.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.