Tributes Are Flowing Like Vodka Tonic For The Late, Great Comedy Icon Jessica Walter

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After the tragic passing of Jessica Walter – famously known as the matriarch of the Bluth and Archer families – celebrities and fans are posting tributes online, sharing their memories of her work and moments where she made them laugh so hard they probably peed a little.

Walter passed away in her sleep in New York City on Wednesday at the age of 80, and her daughter confirmed her death in a statement overnight.

“A working actor for over six decades, her greatest pleasure was bringing joy to others through her storytelling both on-screen and off,” the statement read.

“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.”

Celebrities she worked with like Aisha Tyler, Henry WinklerDavid CrossJason BatemanH. Jon Benjamin, and more took to social media to remember Walter, and how she was a true comedy powerhouse.

Tony Hale, who played her beloved bumbling son Buster Bluth in Arrested Development, also shared a touching post that has 100% made me piss tears already.

Alia Shawkat, who played Maeby Fünke, posted one of Walter’s headshots on Instagram, with the simple message, “love you Gangie”.

Hell, even Will Arnett – who played the son she didn’t care for, Gob Bluth – shared his memories of Walter, who he had known since meeting on a show’s pilot in 1996.

Outside of her co-stars from her lengthy career, many film critics, writers, and people from across the film industry took a moment to express their deep grief over the sudden loss.

Many spent time remembering Walter for her sharp wit and dry humour, and how she delivered even the simplest lines with the perfect amount of sting to transform them into blisteringly funny moments.

Walter’s passing also reminded many people of her heartbreaking interview with The New York Times in 2018, where she addressed the verbal harassment she experienced on-set with Jeffrey Tambor, and directly telling him that nobody had ever yelled at her in her 60 years of acting the way that he did.

The Jim Henson Company also paid tribute to Walter, who was the voice behind Fran Sinclair, the matriarch of Dinosaurs – a fact I only realised when I started rewatching the 90s cursed puppet show again recently.

I think this tweet sums it up pretty well, honestly.

May we all start our day with a hearty breakfast of a vodka tonic and a piece of toast, just how Lucille Bluth would have wanted.