You may not know Marcia Wallace, but you’d probably know that bouffant hair and sarcastic smile anywhere. Edna Krabappel snaked her way into our lives as Bart’s teacher on the long-running show The Simpsons. If she wasn’t vying for the heart of the (at least in her mind) local stud or making a witty remark about the latest school policy, she was making her presence known in some form. Who doesn’t know her classic “HA!”? What Simpsons fan hasn’t imagined her as their teacher, giving away grades with flair and a cigarette in her weary hand? If you never wanted her as your teacher, you at least had fun watching her interact with Bart and the other troubled children of Springfield, thanking your lucky stars every day that the most you had to worry about was a swirlie from the local bully. Al Jean, executive producer of The Simpsons, issued a statement on Marcia’s passing.
I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace. She was beloved by all at The Simpsons and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character.
Mr. Jean claims that Edna was not the character intended to die on the show’s 25th season.
This was not Marcia’s Edna Krabappel. Marcia’s passing is unrelated and again, a terrible loss for all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
If you’re as old as I am, you may know her from other shows without realizing it. She had roles on television shows such as ALF, Murder, She Wrote, Magnum, P.I., Full House, and yes, even Darkwing Duck. She may not be my favorite character, but I don’t think the hole left behind on The Simpsons will be filled any time soon. She was a great voice actress, and I’m certainly going to miss her. Where will the show go from here? Only time will tell.