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Voice of Simpsons' schoolteacher Edna Krabappel dies

Marcia Wallace did the voice of Edna Krabappel, Bart Simpson’s fourth-grade teacher.

Marcia Wallace.
Marcia Wallace.
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THE WOMAN WHO did the voice of scoffing schoolteacher Edna Krabappel on “The Simpsons,” has died.

Marcia Wallace was 70 years old. The Simpsons executive producer Al Jean in a statement that her “irreplaceable character,” the fourth-grade teacher who contended with Bart Simpson’s constant antics, would be retired from the show.

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He said:

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

Jean said: “It’s “a terrible loss for all who had the pleasure of knowing her.”

The statement did not provide a date for her death, or a cause.

The longtime TV actress’ appeared on many TV shows but it was on The Simpsons where Wallace provided the voice for world-weary Edna Krabappel, who smoked cigarettes, made sarcastic comments and finally found love in the arms of Simpson’s neighbor Ned Flanders after fans voted online at the end of season 22 to keep the unlikely couple together, where she was best known.


Wallace’s trademark “Ha!” punctuated Krabappel’s frequent wisecracks, and her character was also known for the catchphrase, “Do what I mean, not what I say.”

Harry Shearer, the voice of Ned Flanders on the show, said Wallace “brought this huge, positive energy” to her work on The Simpsons.

“She was just a warm and wonderful person,” Shearer said.
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