Emmy-Winning Actress Jessica Walter Has Died at Age 80

Chanel Vargas
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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Actress Jessica Walter attends the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Actress Jessica Walter attends the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

Jessica Walter died on Wednesday, March 24, at the age of 80. The Arrested Development and Archer actress passed away in her sleep at her New York City home, according to Deadline. She is survived by her daughter, Brooke Bowman, and 7-year-old grandson, Micah Heymann.

Jessica's career spanned more than 60 years, beginning in her hometown of New York City with her role as Liz in the theatrical production Advise and Consent. Some of her most prominent stage roles include Claire Ganz in Neil Simon's Rumors and Clarice in Photo Finish, for which she was given the Clarence Derwent Award for most promising newcomer. On screen, Jessica was recognized for her role as the title character in the police drama Amy Prentiss, for which she won an Emmy. She also played Tabitha Wilson in 90210 and Phyllis Brody in The Flamingo Kid.

"It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of my beloved mom Jessica," Brooke said in a statement. "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."

In lieu of flowers, Jessica's family ask that donations be made to Guiding Eyes For the Blind, which helps train dogs to lead the blind and visually impaired.