Arrested Development fans are mourning the death of Jessica Walter, who played the mother of all bad mothers, Lucille Bluth.
Walter’s portrayal of the vodka-martini-slinging, conniving and sassy family matriarch made her one of the show’s most beloved characters.
The sad news that the 80-year-old Emmy Award-winner had died in her sleep on Friday (local time), was revealed by her daughter, Brooke Bowman.
Walter enjoyed success on Broadway in the 1960s, and a role as an obsessive stalker in the 1971 film, Play Misty For Me.
Though she had a number of 1960s films like Lilith, Grand Prix and Bye Bye Braverman under her belt, it was her role as snooty alcoholic Lucille that fans fell in love with.
Walter played the world’s least maternal mother between 2003 and 2006, when it was cancelled due to poor ratings.
However, the show found a home at Netflix, where it gained cult status, and was revived in 2013 for a fourth season, and again in 2019 for a fifth.
But as we grieve the loss of one of comedy’s finest actresses, it’s worth looking back on some of her finest moments.
Lucille was known for being down to Earth.
— Lydia Cornell (@LydiaCornell) March 25, 2021
And for her fondness of nutritious meals.
RIP to Jessica Walter, who gave us the gift of our queen Lucille Bluth pic.twitter.com/lNL28GMnLh
— jam (@jamieerayee) March 25, 2021
Vodka and toast is the breakfast of champions.
— meganbetley 🖤🎶 (@meganbetley) March 25, 2021
With her cutting facial expressions, Walter made Lucille the queen of disdain.
— Kristen Baldwin (@KristenGBaldwin) March 25, 2021
She was also the queen of unapologetic contempt.
— Julianne Guillard (@InquiryFocused) March 25, 2021
It was her childish excitement at every disguise worn by private detective, Gene Parmesan, that delighted fans.
Live every day like you’re Jessica Walter as Lucille Bluth and you’ve just seen Gene Parmesan. pic.twitter.com/PG7foBdnMC
— Kevin Fallon (@kpfallon) March 25, 2021
Fans have called her the original Moira Rose.
— Andy Chen Mathieson 陳根 (@AndyCMathieson) March 25, 2021
She never played favourites.
Oh no. Lucille Bluth is one of my all-time favorite characters. Rest In Peace, Jessica Walter. pic.twitter.com/9WUjSDw88c
— NunyaB🐚🌊 (@NunyaB127) March 25, 2021
She loved all her children equally.
No one will ever be as funny as Jessica Walter was as Lucille Bluth. pic.twitter.com/BfZF2aec45
— Sage Young (@sageyoungest) March 25, 2021
— Howudurrinhunneh (@jbnbrla) March 25, 2021
Lucille was always subtle and understated
— Chantelle Dusette (she/her) 💙 (@ChantelleDusett) March 25, 2021
She had no problem expressing her nurturing, emotional side.
— CinemaListed.com (@CinemaListed) March 26, 2021
She often showed compassion, like when she heard a woman had driven her car into a lake.
— lex ✨ (@alexysslinn) March 25, 2021
Lucille knew how to handle criticism…
— Avenue Strategic Communications (@AvenueComms) March 25, 2021
…and how to dish it out.
Saddened to hear the passing of two of my favorite TV moms, Lucille Bluth and Malory Archer 💔😢 #RIPJessicaWalter
I'll always remember to go on a diet whenever I'm feeling defensive about my weight. pic.twitter.com/OfeemyrD94
— bagz. (@JHBagamasbad) March 25, 2021
But it was her squinty-eyed, suspicious glare at her son Gob’s display of affection that became her most meme-worthy moment.
— Kellie McGinnis (@iamkelliemcg) March 25, 2021