Last night, fans of The Simpsons were saddened to learn the news about the death of Marcia Wallace.
For Simpsons’ fans, she was Edna Krabappel, who was a 4th grade teacher having the same student for 24 years. But before lending her voice to such beloved character, she portrayed as the wisecracking secretary while on The Bob Newhart Show.
Marcia suffered from one of the most popular cancers in the world – breast cancer. But, for 28 years, she has been cleared from that disease. She became an activist for breast cancer and had been seen talking in front of young and old women to discussing about how it can be prevented and how sufferers can handle it.
It was in 1985 when she was diagnosed to have breast cancer but she was able to fight it back. Because of early detection procedures she had undergone, she was freed from the clutches of this medical condition.
And in 2007, she had won the Gilda Radner Courage Award of Roswell Park Cancer Insititute because of the time she had spent building a community for breast cancer sufferers and survivors.
At the time of her death, 9 pm last night, Marcia Wallace was breast cancer free. According to her representatives, her death was the result of several complications from other illnesses.
Who Was She
To those who didn’t know her:
1. Bob Newhart Show
In the 1970s, she played the role of Carol Kester on the Bob Newhart Show. Then, in the 1990s, she reprised her role on the Murphy Brown.
2. Battle of the Network Stars
In 1978, she appeared on ABC’s competition known as the Battle of the Network Stars. She joined other then-famous celebrities in this friendly competition.
3. Love Boat
She was also seen on The Love Beat as a guest. It was in 1978.
In 1982, she appeared as Marcia Wallace on a TV show. She appeared along with Christopher Lloyd, who played the role of Reverend Jim Ignatowski.
5. Full House
She was Mrs. Carruthers on Full House, a recurring character of that popular TV show.
6. That’s My Bush
In 2001, she was a guest on That’s My Bush showed in the Comedy Central.
Future of Simpsons
Now that Marcia Wallace passed away, what’s the future of Mrs. Krabappel?
Representatives of The Simpsons announced before that the life of this veteran character would have to end. But, we’ll just have to wait and see if this is going to happen.
She was married to Dennis Hawley for six years, until he passed away from pancreatic cancer in 1992. They’ve a son together, Michael Hawley.
She wrote about her illness and how she has lost her husband in her book Don’t Look Back, We’re Not Going That Way. Although it tackles dark issues, the book is not free from her sense of humor and optimism of her life.
This is truly a terrible loss for her family and for the fans of The Simpsons. We’ll surely miss her trademark laugh – Ha!