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Creston’s Marcia Wallace brings humor to every role

By Tom Longden, Register Staff Writer
(originally published in The Des Moines Sunday Register, April 10, 2005)

Marcia Wallace is a funny lady. Her quick quips and wisecracks have been the basis of her long career in comedy.

In many people’s minds she is still Carol Kester-Bondurant, the glib receptionist on the long-running TV classic “The Bob Newhart Show,” still popular in reruns after its initial six-year run from 1972 to 1978.

Contemporary audiences love her on “The Simpson,” as the voice of Bart’s teacher, Edna Krabappel. The role brought her an Emmy Award in 1992 for best voice-over performance.

After that came an Emmy nomination in 1994 for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series for her performance as Secretary 66 on “Murphy Brown.” The reprise of her “Carol” character was a great success.

More recently Wallace was a hit in the satirical “That’s My Bush” comedy series on Comedy Central in 2001. She played the president’s “sassy housekeeper.”


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