Fans, Colleagues Share Fond Memories of Jessica Walter and Her 'Arrested Development' Character

Actress Jessica Walter died on Wednesday at 80 in her New York City home, leading to fans sharing tributes to the actress and remembrances of her characters Lucille Bluth on Arrested Development and Mallory Archer on Archer.

Walter's career began in 1960 with a role on the show Diagnosis: Unknown. One of her first recurring parts in a TV series was on the soap opera Love of Life. Other notable appearances included parts in the 1971 Clint Eastwood–directed Play Misty for Me and the 1966 John Frankenheimer racing drama Grand Prix. Walter's career spanned decades with her most recent role being on the TV show American Housewife. Throughout her career she was nominated for two Golden Globes and four Emmy Awards. She won the 1974 Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a limited series for playing the title character in Amy Prentiss.

In a statement to Deadline, Walter's daughter, Brooke Bowman, eulogized the actress. "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. 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," she said.

Many fans shared their favorite memories of Walter to commemorate the actress, with so many sharing pictures and clips from Arrested Development and a few from Archer.

The way Jessica Walter could make you laugh with just a look 😭

— Jess Goodwin (@thejessgoodwin) March 25, 2021

RIP to Jessica Walter aka Lucille Bluth. One of the funniest characters of all time. Lucille Bluth shined brighter than any other character in her scenes on Arrested Development. LEGEND

— KFC (@KFCBarstool) March 25, 2021

Lucille: Get me a vodka rocks

Michael: Mom, it’s breakfast

Lucille: And a piece of toast

RIP Jessica Walter an actress’s actress. A legend. An icon.

— Phillip (@MajorPhilebrity) March 25, 2021

RIP to legendary Jessica Walter aka Mallory Archer

— Chelsea. (@charmdiddy) March 25, 2021

A number of stars from film and TV also offered condolences to Walter. Director Edgar Wright praised her versatility to be able to perform dramatically and humorously with such skill. Director Paul Feig also said that it was an honor to work with the actress on a number of occasions.

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.

— edgarwright (@edgarwright) March 25, 2021

This is so incredibly sad. I loved Jessica so much. She was so funny and marched to the tune of her own drummer. A true original whom I had the honor of working with several times. So much love to you, Jessica. Rest In Peace. ❤️❤️❤️

— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) March 25, 2021

Walter's Arrested Development co-stars including David Cross and Tony Hale also tweeted about her loss. Producer John Levenstein also praised her comedic abilities, saying "If she didn't get a laugh there was a problem with the script."

Jessica Walter never missed. If she didn’t get a laugh there was a problem with the script.

— John Levenstein (@johnlevenstein) March 25, 2021

I just heard the shitty news about Jessica Walter an absolutely brilliant actress and amazing talent. I consider myself privileged and very lucky to have been able to work with her. Lucille Bluth is one of TV's greatest characters

— david cross✍ (@davidcrosss) March 25, 2021

She was a force, and her talent and timing were unmatched. Rest In Peace Mama Bluth.

— Tony Hale (@MrTonyHale) March 25, 2021

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted about a time that she had changed her avatar on Twitter to Lucille, but Walter asked her to change it. In a reply, she wrote that Walter "could not have been funnier or lovelier about it," and the two made plans to have lunch together.

RIP and a true story - when I made her Arrested Development character my Twitter avatar, she sent me an email asking me to take it down

— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 25, 2021

She could not have been funnier or lovelier about it.

— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 25, 2021

Rex Chapman celebrated the actress by sharing a clip where she spoke about two of her favorite moments as Lucille on Arrested Development. One was when the character Buster stole Lucille's "rape horn," and the other was when Lucille was sad and said, "I want to cry so bad, but I don't think I can spare the moisture." Chapman also shared a video compiling some of Walter's most hilarious moments on the show.

Rest In Peace, Jessica Walter.

Here - she talked about her favorite Arrested Development scenes...

— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) March 25, 2021

The best of Lucille Bluth.

Rest, Jessica Walter. And thanks...

— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) March 25, 2021
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Actress Jessica Walter attends the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2017 in Los Angeles. Walter died on Wednesday at 80 in New York City, leading to fans sharing tributes to the actress and remembrances of her characters Lucille Bluth on Arrested Development and Mallory Archer on Archer. Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic/Getty Images