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Jessica Walter, the award-winning actor that portrayed Lucille Bluth in Arrested Development and voiced Malory Archer on FX's cult-favorite Archer, passed away in her sleep on Wednesday, March 24, Deadline reports. She was 80.
Walter won an Emmy Award in 1975 for her role in Amy Prentiss, a spin-off of Ironside, Deadline notes. She was also nominated for her roles in Trapper John M.D. and Streets of San Francisco. Her portrayal of Lucille Bluth on Arrested Development earned her Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations and Emmy nods, as well.
Walter was the second national vice president of the Screen Actors Guild and was an elected member of the SAG Board of Directors for more than 10 years. She is survived by a daughter, Brooke Bowman, the senior vice president of drama programming at Fox Entertainment.
"It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of my beloved mom, Jessica," Bowman said in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "A working actor for over six decades, her greatest pleasure was bringing joy to others through her storytelling both on-screen and off. 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."
20th Century also released a statement, Variety adds, noting that "heaven just got a whole lot funnier."
"Jessica Walter's spectacular turn as the devilish Lucille Bluth is one of the great comedic performances of television history, and we loved working with her as much as audiences loved her on Arrested Development," the statement reads. "Our hearts go out to her family and friends, particularly her daughter, and our former colleague, Brooke. We know that heaven just got a whole lot funnier with Jessica now in residence."