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Jessica Walter Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Jan 31, 1940
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

Learning the ropes at the Bucks County Playhouse and New York's Neighborhood Playhouse, {$Jessica Walter, born January 31st, 1949, made her Broadway debut in 1961's [[Feature~V1082~Advise and Consent~adviseandconsent]]. The raven-haired leading lady was then seen on a regular basis in several Manhattan-based TV programs, including the daytimer Love of Life and the 1965 nighttime series [[Feature~V91950~For the People~forherpeople]]. In films from 1964, Jessica was one of eight young female "newcomers" ([[Performer~P5591~Candice Bergen~candicebergen]], [[Performer~P30824~Elizabeth Hartman~elizabethhartman]], [[Performer~P56433~Joanna Pettet~joannapettet]] et. al.) who went on to greater things after appearing en masse in [[Performer~P74660~Sidney Lumet~simonward]]'s [[Feature~V20987~The Group~thegroup]] (1966). Her flashiest screen role was as the dangerously possessive "number one fan" Evelyn Draper in [[Performer~P74660~Clint Eastwood~simonward]]'s [[Feature~V38349~Play Misty for Me~playmistyforme]] (1971). Of her many weekly-TV assignments, Walter's title role in the mid-'70s cop series [[Feature~V123673~Amy Prentiss~amyprentiss:baptismoffire]] garnered her the most attention; that is, until recently, when Walter found late-career acclaim on the award-winning sitcom Arrested Development. As the insensitive, materialistic matriarch of the Bluth family, Walter garnered a plum comedic role, and Emmy attention to boot. Walter continued to remain active in television appearances following the cancellation of Arrested Development, and joined the cast of the Broadway revival of Anything Goes in 2011. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi