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Jessica Walter dies aged 80

 

The award-winning US actress Jessica Walter has died aged 80, her family have announced.


"It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of my beloved mom," Walter's daughter Brooke Bowman said.


"A working actor for over six decades, her greatest pleasure was bringing joy to others through her storytelling both on screen and off," Ms Bowman said.


Walter is best known for playing icy matriarch Lucille Bluth in the Arrested Development TV sitcom in the 2000s.


She also won an Emmy for starring as a detective in the police drama Amy Prentiss in the 1970s.


"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," Ms Bowman said.


The Deadline website, which first reported the news, quoted the family as saying that Walter had died in her sleep at her home in New York.


Some of Walter's most memorable lines in Arrested Development were delivered over a Vodka Martini or between glasses of wine.

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