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Jessica Walter dead at 80: Arrested Development stars pay tribute

Tony Hales has paid tribute to his co-star Jessica Walter after her death aged 80 (Picture: Getty Images)

Tributes have been coming in for Arrested Development star Jessica Walter after her death aged 80.

The actress, who played Lucille Bluth in the comedy, died in her sleep at her New York home on March 24 with her daughter Brooke Bowman confirming the news.

She said in a statement to Deadline: ‘It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of my beloved mum Jessica

‘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.’

Those who knew and loved her have been sharing their tributes on social media, led by her Arrested Development co-stars.

Tony Hale wrote on Instagram: ‘She was a force, and her talent and timing were unmatched. Rest In Peace Mama Bluth.’

Alia Shawkat shared a glamorous photo of Walter in her younger years on Instagram and added the caption: ‘love you Gangie’.

Henry Winkler tweeted: ‘OH NO …We worked together for years on ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT ..It was an honor to watch her comedy explode from the very first row.’

Director Edgar Wright said: ‘I loved Jessica Walter. For me, knowing her mostly from dramatic work in films like Play Misty For Me just made the comic genius of her turn in ‘Arrested Development’ even more delightful. You can watch her reactions shots on a loop. Lucille Bluth Forever.’

Deadline states that the family has also asked that donations are made to charity Guide Dogs for the Blind, instead of flowers.

Walter enjoyed an incredible career that spanned five decades, making appearances on stage as well as on the big and small screen.

She began her time in the spotlight on the stage, winning an award for her Broadway performance in Photo Finish in 1963.

The star soon made the switch over to TV, making a name for herself in series Murder, She Wrote, Babylon 5, Three’s A Crowd, The Magician and a brief cameo in The Big Bang Theory.

Jessica Walter

The actress died in her sleep at her New York home (Picture: FilmMagic)

Walter’s role in Ironside spin-off Amy Prentiss nabbed the Hollywood legend her first Emmy win, for outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or movie.

But her most noted TV appearance came in 2003, when she played Lucille Bluth on Arrested Development.

She starred as the sassy matriarch of the family, opposite Jason Bateman, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi and Michael Cera.

She was best known for her role as Lucille Bluth in the comedy Arrested Development (Picture: Fox)
Her career spans more than six decades (Picture: Rex)

Jessica also voiced Mallory Archer on FX sitcom Archer, for more than 100 episodes between 2009 – 2020.

Her final role came last month as she made a cameo on American Housewife.

As well as the small screen, Jessica’s film credits include 1966 hit Grand Prix – which earned her a SAG nomination – Undercover Grandpa and Dummy.

Walter has been survived by daughter Brooke Bowman – who she shares with first husband Ross Bowman – and is grandmother to Micah Heymann.

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