Celebrities React To Jessica Walter's Death

Arrested Development and Archer star Jessica Walter died in her sleep on March 24, 2021, according to Deadline. She was 80 years old.

Walter's daughter, Brooke Bowman, who serves as SVP Drama Programming at Fox Entertainment, confirmed the news to Deadline. "It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of my beloved mom Jessica. A working actor for over six decades, her greatest pleasure was bringing joy to others through her storytelling both on screen and off," she said. "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." 

She is survived by both her daughter and grandson. Walter's celebrity friends and fans immediately reacted to her death, posting notes of admiration and love for the Emmy award-winning actor. Here is what they had to say.

Celebrities are heartbroken over Jessica Walter's death

First getting her start on Broadway and eventually moving into big-name motion pictures and television, Jessica Walter's career spanned several decades. Over the years, she gained an immense amount of respect from her peers and fans alike, earning two Golden Globe nominations and four Emmy nominations throughout her career. She was clearly a beloved Hollywood star, as evidenced by the many messages of love she received after the news of her death was released.

Comedian Patton Oswalt called the Play Misty for Me actor an "absolute sweetie," while actor Dan Levy dubbed her as "the greatest." Writer Saeed Jones tweeted an impassioned note, saying, "Oh, I am MAD. Of course, this is how I'd react to news of Jessica Walter's death. I wanna fight somebody, especially the male cast members of #ArrestedDevelopment for talking over her during that interview. Let me go fix myself a drink," he said, clearly shaken. 

Country singer Maren Morris remembered the actor by sharing her favorite line uttered by her Arrested Development character, Lucille. "RIP Jessica Walter. One of the funniest lines still ever delivered is: Michael: Get rid of the Seaward. Lucille: I'll leave when I'm good and ready," she wrote. Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon also expressed his love of the iconic actor, saying he "laughed some of [his] hardest laughs because of Jessica Walter."

As the messages of love pour in, it's clear that Walter will be remembered as an incredibly talented actor.