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Actress Marcia Wallace appeared in scores of TV shows, from The Bob Newhart Show to Taxi. But Wallace, who died on Oct. 25 at age 70 in Los Angeles, made her biggest impression in The Simpsons, as the voice of Edna Krabappel, an embittered, chain-smoking fourth-grade teacher with the misfortune of having Bart as a student. >> Sign up for the AARP Leisure Newsletter On Nov. 3 the show paid a poignant tribute to Wallace in the opening credits, during which Bart …
If I didn’t know better, I would have sworn Sideshow Mel was trying to escape. For years, he’s stood there on my office book shelf, next to his cannon, stoically guarding the way to my desk. It’s a distinguished position for Mel, who as every Simpsons fan knows, has for the better part of two decades served as the loyal, silent sidekick to Krusty the Clown.