Jessica Walter


Date Of Birth

January 31, 1941


Jessica Walter is an actress who became a household name, thanks to her infamous character Lucille Bluth on the cult hit series Arrested Development. Born on January 31, 1941, she grew up in Queens, New York and attended Manhattan's High School of Performing Arts before training at Neighborhood Playhouse. In 1962, she made her television debut as Julie Murano on the soap opera Love of Life, which he became a part of until 1965.

On the big screen, Walter quickly earned praises for her work in Grand Prix, in which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 1966 for Most Promising Female Newcomer. Six years later, she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her role as Evelyn Draper in the movie Play Misty for Me. Additionally, she also took home an Emmy for playing the titular character in the movie Amy Prentiss.

After being cast in more than 10 more movies, Walter returned to the small screen to play the matriarch of the Bluth family on Arrested Development, which earned her a couple more nominations from various award giving bodies. Though the show only lasted for four years, Walter's character has become a TV icon who won't be easily forgotten.

Walter, who has also appeared on TV shows like 90210, Rules of Engagement and Archer, starred as Elain Robbins on TV Land's Retired at 35. She is also set to reprise her role as Lucille Bluth on the much awaited Arrested Development movie.

Place of Birth

Brooklyn, New York, USA

Birth Name

Jessica Walter



Fun Facts

-She shares a birthday with her Arrested Development co-star Portia de Rossi.

-She enjoys doing yoga and aerobics.

- She married Ross Bowman in March of 1966 but divorced him in 1978. They have a daughter together, Brooke Bowman born in 1971. She then wed Ron Leibman on June 26, 1983.


2004: Golden Satellite Award - Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Comedy or Musical for: "Arrested Development"

2004: TV Land Awards - Future Classic Award for: "Arrested Development". Shared.

1975: Emmy Awards - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series for: Amy Prentiss



2011: Bending the Rules
2011: Retired at 35 (TV series) - Elaine Robbin
2010: Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (TV series) - Jason's Mom
2010: Make It or Break It (TV series) - Lauren's grandmother
2010: Gravity (TV series) - Henrietta
2007-2010: Saving Grace (TV series) - Betty Hanadarko/Betty
2009-2010: Archer (TV series) - Malory Archer
2009: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV series) - Petra Gilmartin
2008: Happy Hour (TV series) - Nanette
2008: Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV series) - Eleanor Reynolds
2006-2007: The Life and Times of Juniper Lee (TV series) - Cordoth's Daughter/Demones/Unnamed Demoness: Cordoth's Daughter
2007: The Wedding Bells (TV series) - Candace Sinclair
2007: Rules of Engagement (TV series) - Constance Williams
2007: The Land Before Time (TV series) - Old One
2006: Unaccompanied Minors - Cindi
2003-2006: Arrested Development (TV series) - Lucille Bluth
2004: I Do (But I Don't) (TV movie) - Gennifer
2003: Touched by an Angel (TV series) - Naomi
2002: Dummy - Fern
2001: My Best Friend's Wife - Mrs. Epstein
2000-2001: Jack & Jill (TV series) - Mrs. Louise Zane
2000: Oh Baby (TV series) - Celia
1998: Slums of Beverly Hills - Doris Zimmerman
1998: Just Shoot Me! (TV series) - Eve Gallo
1998: Poltergeist: The Legacy (TV series) - Suzanne Barnard
1997: You Wish (TV series) - Estelle, Genie's Mother
1997: Doomsday Rock (TV movie) - Secretary
1997: Mother Knows Best (TV movie) - Joan
1996-1997: One Life to Live (TV series) - Eleanor Armitage
1996: The Magic School Bus (TV series) - Ashlee Walker Club Dupree
1995: Temptress - Dr. Phyllis Evergreen
1991-1995: Dinosaurs (TV series) - Fran Sinclair
1995: Law & Order (TV series) - Anna Kopell
1994: Coach (TV series) - Susan Miller
1994: Babylon 5 (TV series) - Senator Elise Voudreau
1985-1994: Murder, She Wrote (TV series) - Gwen Noble/Jane Dawson/Joan Fulton/…
1994: Leave of Absence (TV movie) - Bess
1994: PCU - President Garcia-Thompson
1993: Ghost in the Machine - Elaine Spencer
1992: The Round Table (TV series) - Anne McPherson
1992: Jack's Place (TV series) - Claire
1991: The Pirates of Dark Water (TV series) - Additional Voices
1989: Dad's a Dog (TV movie) - Bonnie Balian
1988: Aaron's Way (TV series) - Connie Lo Verde
1988: J.J. Starbuck (TV series) - Brin Coltan
1988: Tapeheads - Kay Mart
1988: Jenny's Song (TV movie) - Peggy Shields
1988: Aaron's Way: The Harvest (TV movie) - Connie Lo Verde
1987: ABC Afterschool Specials (TV series) - Dr. Stein
1986: Wildfire (TV series) - Diabolyn
1986: Magnum, P.I. (TV series) - Joan Fulton
1986: Killer in the Mirror (TV movie) - Francesca DeLorca
1986: Hotel (TV series) - Irene Fitzgerald
1979-1986: Trapper John, M.D. (TV series) - Melanie Townsend McIntyre/Melanie McIntyre
1984-1985: Three's a Crowd (TV series) - Claudia Bradford
1978-1985: The Love Boat (TV series) - Holly Hartman/Marcia Smith/Jocelyn Hyatt Matthews/…
1985: The Execution (TV movie) - Gertrude Simon
1984: The Flamingo Kid - Phyllis Brody
1984: The Return of Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV movie) - Astrid Carlisle
1984: Secret Places - Girl #1 in art room
1983: Bare Essence (TV series) - Ava Marshall
1983: Hallmark Hall of Fame (TV series) - Roz Richardson
1982: Spring Fever - Celia Berryman
1982: Matt Houston (TV series) - Glynnis Durand
1982: Joanie Loves Chachi (TV series) - Vanessa
1982: Knots Landing (TV series) - Victoria Hill
1981: Scruples (TV movie) - Maggie
1981: Going Ape! - Fiona
1981: Aloha Paradise (TV series)
1981: Miracle on Ice (TV movie) - Pat Brooks
1979: She's Dressed to Kill (TV movie) - Irene Barton
1979: Vampire (TV movie) - Nicole DeCamp
1979: Goldengirl
1978: Quincy M.E. (TV series) - Catherine Benton/Jessica Ross
1978: Secrets of Three Hungry Wives (TV movie) - Christina Wood
1978: Dr. Strange (TV movie) - Morgan LeFay
1978: Wheels (TV mini-series) - Ursula
1978: Wild and Wooly (TV movie) - Megan
1977: What Really Happened to the Class of '65? (TV series) - Fran
1977: Black Market Baby (TV movie) - Louise Carmino
1977: Wonder Woman (TV series) - Gloria
1977: All That Glitters (TV series) - Joan Hamlyn
1977: Visions (TV series) - Anna II
1977: Gibbsville (TV series)
1976: Victory at Entebbe (TV movie) - Nomi Haroun
1976: McMillan & Wife (TV series) - Donna Drake
1973-1976: The Streets of San Francisco (TV series) - Glen Conway/Glen Williams/Maggie Jarris/…
1976: Having Babies (TV movie) - Sally McNamara
1975: McCloud (TV series) - Mrs. Jessica Wright
1974-1975: Amy Prentiss (TV series) - Amy Prentiss
1974: Hawaii Five-O (TV series) - Carla Crystal
1974: Barnaby Jones (TV series) - Bernice Kellner/Brooke Leighton
1974: Hurricane (TV movie) - Louise Damon
1974: Ironside (TV series) - Amy Prentiss
1974: The Magician (TV series) - Marian
1974: Columbo (TV series) - Margaret Nicholson
1969-1973: Love, American Style (TV series)
1971-1973: Medical Center (TV series) - Dr. Carrie Benson/Maggi Spencer/Phoebe/…
1973: Tenafly (TV series) - Joyce
1970-1973: Mannix (TV series) - Althea Blake/Kathy Graves/Laura Danford/…
1973: Jigsaw (TV series)
1973: Banacek (TV series) - Erica Osburn
1966-1973: The F.B.I. (TV series) - Eleanor Prior/Ellen Rainey/Flight Attendant Miss Gibbs/…
1971-1973: Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV series) - Jenny Alquist/Marian Lawrence
1972: Home for the Holidays (TV movie) - Frederica Morgan
1972: Cannon (TV series) - Jane Butler
1972: Banyon (TV series) - Emily
1972: Women in Chains (TV movie) - Dee Dee
1972: The Sixth Sense (TV series) - Jordana Theland
1971: Alias Smith and Jones (TV series) - Louise Carson
1971: Play Misty for Me - Evelyn
1968-1971: The Name of the Game (TV series) - Allie/Linda Ramsey/Rita
1971: Storefront Lawyers (TV series)
1970: The Most Deadly Game (TV series) - Leslie
1970: Mission: Impossible (TV series) - Valerie
1969: Three's a Crowd (TV movie) - Jessica Carson
1969: Then Came Bronson (TV series) - Morgana Mendoza
1969: The Immortal (TV series) - Janet Braddock
1969: Number One - Julie Catlan
1969: It Takes a Thief (TV series) - Lori Brooks
1968: Kiss Me Kate (TV movie) - Lois Lane/'Bianca'
1968: Bye Bye Braverman - Inez Braverman
1966: Grand Prix - Pat Stoddard
1966: Preview Tonight (TV series) - Vivian Scott
1966: The Fugitive (TV series) - Pat Haynes
1966: The Group - Libby
1965: The Trials of O'Brien (TV series) - Carole Ann Muffit
1965: For the People (TV series) - Phyllis Koster
1964-1965: The Defenders (TV series) - Myra Maxwell/Sharon Ruskin
1964: The Rogues (TV series) - Linda Tennant
1964: The Reporter (TV series) - Jennifer
1964: The Nurses (TV series) - Edith Robertson
1964: Lilith - Laura
1964: Flipper (TV series) - Elena Darmon
1964: Ben Casey (TV series) - Flora Farr
1964: The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV series) - Lorna Richmond
1964: East Side/West Side (TV series) - Phyllis Dowling
1963: Route 66 (TV series) - Liz
1962-1963: Naked City (TV series) - Taunting Woman/Upstairs Maid
1962-1965: Love of Life (TV series) - Julie Murano




5' 8" (1.73 m)


"I'm nothing like Lucille. Nothing. My daughter will tell you. I'm really a very nice, boring person."

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