LOS ANGELES – Jessica Walter, whose roles as a scheming matriarch in TV’s “Arrested Development” and a stalker in “Play Misty for Me” were in line with a career that drew on her astringent screen presence more than her good looks, has died. She was 80.
Walter's death was confirmed Thursday by her daughter, Brooke Bowman, an entertainment industry executive. A cause of death and other details were not immediately provided.
“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," Bowman said in a statement.
Walter will also be well-remembered for "her wit, class and overall joie de vivre,” or life of love, her daughter added.
“She was a force, and her talent and timing were unmatched," Tony Hale, her “Arrested Development” co-star said on Twitter.
“I loved you Jessica Walter. I grew up watching you AND admiring you. Always consistently excellent," Viola Davis tweeted.
Although Walter's photogenic appearance qualified her for standard leading lady roles, she claimed no regrets about being viewed as a character actor.
She loved playing difficult women because “those are the fun roles. They’re juicy, much better than playing the vanilla ingénues, you know — Miss Vanilla Ice Cream,” Walter said in an AV Club website interview.