Marcia Wallace (November 1, 1942 - October 25, 2013) was the third voice of Mrs. Beaver on the animated series The Angry Beavers.

Early life

Marcia Karen Wallace was born and raised in Creston, Iowa on November 1, 1942, the eldest of three children of Arthur "Poke" Wallace and wife Joann.[1] Her father owned and operated "Wallace Sundries", a general merchandise store, where Marcia, her sister Sharon, and brother Jim would often help out. While in high school, a teacher encouraged Wallace to consider a career in acting after she did well in a school play. Prior to that, Wallace had been interested in journalism.[1] Following graduation from Creston High School, Wallace attended Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa, which had offered her a full scholarship. She was a member of the Delta Nu Chapter of Delta Zeta Sorority. (She was Delta Zeta's 2009 Woman of the Year.) At Parsons, she majored in English and Theater, performing in such productions as Brigadoon and The Music Man.[1]

Personal life

Marcia Wallace married hotelier Dennis Hawley on May 18, 1986, in a Buddhist ceremony.[2] The couple adopted an infant son, Michael Wallace "Mikey" Hawley.[1] Wallace was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1985,[3] after which she became an activist and lecturer on the subject.[4] Dennis Hawley died from pancreatic cancer in June 1992.

On January 27, 2007, Wallace won the Gilda Radner Courage Award from Roswell Park Cancer Institute for helping educate Americans about the importance of early cancer detection and inspiring others through her 20 years as a breast cancer survivor. Wallace was a member of Delta Zeta sorority and was named the Delta Zeta 2010 Woman of the Year at the 2010 Biennial National Convention in Tucson, Arizona. Her autobiography, Don't Look Back, We're Not Going That Way, which was published in 2004, recounts the early detection of her breast cancer, the loss of her husband Dennis, her nervous breakdown, her single motherhood and other experiences. The title of the book she credits to her father, who told her that often in childhood.[1]

Illness and death

Wallace died from pneumonia and sepsis on October 25, 2013, aged 70, a week before her 71st birthday. Breast cancer was also listed as a significant condition on her death certificate.[5] Wallace was cremated following a private funeral service.[6]

Staff on The Simpsons had reportedly been aware of her ill health.[6] Showrunner Al Jean said, "I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace."[7] Yeardley Smith, who voices Lisa Simpson, tweeted, "Heaven is now a much funnier place b/c of you, Marcia."[8] Former co-star Bob Newhart had commented on his Facebook fan page, "Marcia's death came as quite a shock, she left us too early. She was a talented actress and dear friend[.]"[9] Al Jean said that producers plan to retire her "irreplaceable" character Edna Krabappel.[7] The Simpsons episode "Four Regrettings and a Funeral" was shown on November 3, 2013, and dedicated to her.[10] Wallace had recorded lines for several upcoming episodes, and her final episode, "The Man Who Grew Too Much", aired on March 9, 2014.[10]

In 2015, Lego began releasing minifigures based on Simpsons characters. A minifigure of the character she voiced will be part of the next series as a tribute to her.

Characters portrayed

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Longden, Tom (April 10, 2005). "Creston's Marcia Wallace brings humor to every role". Des Moines Register via Parsons College alumni website. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  2. Marcia Wallace profile by Tom Longden,, accessed 11.4.2013
  3. "Marcia Wallace". The Speak Well Being Group. Retrieved 2008-12-23.
  4. Marcia Wallace at Corporate Artists
  5. "Marcia Wallace's death caused by pneumonia and breast cancer". Toronto Sun. November 24, 2013. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Marcia Wallace, actress from 'The Simpsons' and 'The Bob Newhart Show', dies at 70". Entertainment Weekly. 2013-10-26. Retrieved 2013-10-26.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "'Simpsons' star Marcia Wallace dies at 70". Chicago Tribune. Reuters. October 26, 2013.
  8. Best, Jessica (October 26, 2013). "Marcia Wallace dies: Tributes as voice of The Simpsons' Edna Krabappel passes away aged 70".
  10. 10.0 10.1 Hughes, Jason (4 November 2013). "'The Simpsons' Pays Tribute To Marcia Wallace With Final Chalkboard Message". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors). Wikipedia logo
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.