The latest episode of ‘The Simpsons’ paid a special tribute to the character of Edna Krabappel, also known as, Mrs. K after her death. However, what happened to her? Here’s a look at Edna’s voice-over actor Marcia Wallace and her relationship with the show.
‘The Simpsons’ decided to relive some of the old memories as the latest episode showed Bart Simpson reading Edna’s diary. The episode was titled ‘Dairy Queen’ and brought back some of the familiar faces on the show. This episode was supposed to air last week but was postponed due to the NASCAR event.
What happened to Edna on the Simpsons?
The show had teased about the special tribute earlier as they tweeted, “There are some advantages to being the teacher’s pet. In loving memory of Mrs. Krabappel,” read the caption. The post was accompanied by a video that had a slideshow of pictures of Edna from the show.
The show paid special tribute to Edna because they wanted to remember the late voice-over actress Marcia. She had passed away in 2013, and a cause of death was not revealed. Marcia was 70 at the time of death. Over the years she had gained popularity for her outstanding role on the show.
“I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace. She was beloved by all at The Simpsons and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character,” said Simpsons executive producer Al Jean in a statement at that time.
Special tribute for Marcia explored
Some viewers might be wondering why the show decided to pay tribute to her years after her death. Jean had stated before that the news of Marcia’s death came as a shock to everyone and was sudden. He admitted they never had a chance to give her character proper goodbye. Now, years after her death, they have finally found a sweet way to remember Marcia.
“Sadly, it was very surprising passing,” Jean said. “I didn’t know she was that ill until very close to when it happened. So we never got the chance to give sort of a proper goodbye to her in the show, and this is a small attempt to do that. And, you know, she was so beloved by everybody that worked on The Simpsons, that we just sort of wanted to give her one last moment on the show in her memory. It’s just that, it’s nothing more, but, we thought she was the best.”