Jessica Walter's Most Iconic Roles Beyond 'Arrested Development'

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Jessica Walter's Most Iconic Roles Beyond 'Arrested Development'

On Thursday, March 25, it was announced that Jessica Walter died in her sleep at age 80. "A working actor for over six decades, her greatest pleasure was bringing joy to others through her storytelling both on screen and off," her daughter, Brooke Bowman, said in a statement. "While her legacy will live on through her body of work, she will also be remembered by many for her wit, class and overall joie de vivre."

Walter's career in TV shows and films began in 1960, and she's worked steadily ever since. From guest spots on classic television shows — a 1964 episode of Flipper to a 2009 episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit — to her more well-known roles in Play Misty For Me and on Archer, Walter did it all, amassing an astounding 161 credits on IMDB. And that's not even mentioning her theater work.

Of course, Walter is best known for playing the absolutely ruthless Lucille Bluth, delivering devastating one-liners throughout Arrested Development's five season run. But as fans celebrate Walter's iconic matriarch, there are a few other big roles throughout her career you should know about.

Play Misty For Me (1971)

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Walter starred in this Clint Eastwood-directed thriller, playing a stalker, Evelyn, obsessed with Eastwood's Dave. The performance earned her a Golden Globe nomination.

Amy Prentiss (1974)

Walter earned her first Emmy nomination — and only win — for her 1974 show, Amy Prentiss. The actor played Amy, a cop who becomes the new Chief of Detectives when the former chief suddenly dies. As one of the few women there, she struggles to get the male detectives in line. Reflecting on her career in a 2018 interview with NPR, Walter reflected on Amy Prentiss. "Nobody knows that one! It was good for me, though. I got an Emmy!"

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