A day in History| Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace (Formula TV)

Marcia Wallace
(Formula TV)

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. Source NY Times

USA Today reported that just before a Bob Newhart Show reunion in 2007, co-star Suzanne Pleshette told USA TODAY she and Wallace had bonded over both surviving cancer. “We’ve been able to be completely open with each other, which I don’t even do with my other girlfriends,” said Pleshette.

In 2004, Wallace published an autobiography, Don’t Look Back, We’re Not Going That Way. The comedian aired out the book’s contents in the subtitle, which read How I Overcame a Rocky Childhood, a Nervous Breakdown, Breast Cancer,Widowhood, Fat, Fire & Menopausal Motherhood and Still Managed to Count My Lucky Chickens.

The actress was also a common fixture on game shows, including Hollywood Squares, The $25,000 Pyramid, To Tell the Truth and Match Game. Wallace’s husband of six years, hotelier Dennis Hawley, died in 1992. Their son, Michael Hawley, recently appeared with her in Muffin Top.

Marcia Wallace was born on November 1, 1942 and died on Oct 25, 2013  (age 70)

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