Voice of Krabappel on Simpsons dies

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Edna Krabappel rarely looked happy.

Marcia Wallace, who voiced the crabby schoolteacher Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons, died at age 70. The Emmy Award-winning actress passed away peacefully at home in Los Angeles on Friday night, with friends and family at her side.

Before The Simpsons, Marcia Wallace was well-known for her comedic performances on the popular 1970s sitcom, The Bob Newhart Show. 

Al Jean, executive producer of The Simpsons, said that the animated character Mrs. Krabappel, who often went head-to-head with Bart Simpsons, will retire. He explained, “I don’t intend to have anyone else play Mrs. Krabappel. I think Bart will get a new teacher.” Jean says the next episode on November 3 will include a tribute to Wallace.

Apparently, she was far friendlier in real life than her character! Jean remembers, “She was sweet, funny, not at all pretentious. You fall in love with these people when you see them as characters on television, but when you met Marcia you loved her even more.”

Featured image courtesy of Simpsons Wiki. Image of Edna Krabappel courtesy of The Simpsons and FOX.