Jessica Walter

  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Her father played double bass in the New York City Ballet Orchestra.
  • As a teen, lied about her age to work as a chorus girl at the Copacabana in New York City.
  • Made Broadway debut in 1961 in Advise and Consent.
  • Was a classmate of Walter Koenig (Chekov on Star Trek) at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse.
  • First TV work was on the soap Love of Life from 1962-65.
  • Introduced to husband Ron Leibman by mutual friend Brenda Vaccaro while he was starring in 1983's Romantic Comedy. The pair have acted together several times, including roles in a 1995 episode of Law & Order and the 2002 film Dummy.
  • In 2011, reunited with actor George Segal (she played his ex-wife on Just Shoot Me) for the TV Land series Retired at 35.
  • Shares a birthday with her Arrested Development costar Portia de Rossi.

Awards

  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1972, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1967, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actress: Nominee
  • 1975, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series: Winner
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1980, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1977, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Esther — Mother
  • Ron Leibman — Husband
  • David — Father
  • Ross Bowman — Ex-husband
  • Brooke — Daughter

College

  • Attended the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, New York, New York, United States

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