Last night's episode of “The Simpsons” featured a heart-felt tribute to late comedy actress Marcia Wallace, voice of Enda Krabappel. Viewers may have noticed that Bart's blackboard in the opening sequence only bore a single line reading “We'll really miss you Mrs. K.” Fox also paid tribute by re-airing the episode “The Ned-liest Catch” in which Krabappel's exciting yet sordid history is revealed when she dates Ned Flanders.
Wallace passed away at the age of 70 on October 25, the show's opening night. She died due to complications from pneumonia in her Los Angeles home. Her character appeared in more than 100 episodes of the popular animated series, and won an Emmy for her role in the 1992 episode entitled “The Bart Lover.” She first became famous in the 1970s for her role as the sassy receptionist Carol Kester in The Bob Newhart Show.
Executive producer of “The Simpsons” was quoted by The Hollywood Reporter as saying, “I was tremendously saddened to learn.. of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace. She was beloved by all at 'The Simpsons' and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character.”
The voice of Lisa Simpson, Yeardley Smith, tweeted: "Cheers to the hilarious, kind, fab Marcia Wallace, who has taken her leave of us. Heaven is now a much funnier place b/c of you, Marcia."
Wallace provided voice work in the recent animated movie “Monsters University” as well as classic television cartoons such as “The Angry Beavers,” “Darkwing Duck,” and “Aladdin.” She has also appeared in a host of popular of television series over the years including (but not limited to): “Bewitched,” “The Brady Bunch,” “Columbo,” “The Love Boat,” “Magnum P.I.,” “Murder She Wrote,” “Alf,” “Charles in Charge,” “Full House,” and “The Young and the Restless.”
Fans will have one more chance to view her in action, as she appeared as herself in the upcoming movie “Muffin Top: A Love Story,” which is currently in post-production.