Veteran actress was much more than Lucille Bluth
Jessica Walter was a character actor’s character actor, the kind of consummate performer whose name might not ring a bell but certainly her face and her work did.
Perhaps the project with which she’s best identified is “Arrested Development.” As Lucille Bluth, the tipling matriarch of the formerly wealthy Bluth clan on the 2003-06 Fox sitcom (which was later revived on Netflix), Walter fairly disappeared into the skin of the self-serving, manipulative and scheming socialite, who was hypercritical of those around her and could cut them down with a savagely hilarious zinger – many of which were aimed at her gaggle of equally self-serving, manipulative and scheming offspring.
The show became a cult hit and Walter – who passed away last month at the age of 80 – was nominated for a best actress Emmy in 2005 for her portrayal of Lucille. Viewers can catch “Arrested Development” by streaming it on Netflix.