Marcia Wallace
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"Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance/Outstanding Voice-Over Performance"

1992 The Simpsons

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"Marcia Karen Wallace" (November 1, 1942 – October 25, 2013) was an American actress, voice artist, comedian, and game show panelist, primarily known for her roles in television situation comedies. She is perhaps best known for her roles as receptionist Carol Kester on the 1970s situation comedy/sitcom The Bob Newhart Show, and as the voice of elementary school teacher Edna Krabappel on the animated series The Simpsons, for which she won an Emmy Award/Emmy in 1992.

Wallace was known for her tall frame, red hair, and distinctive laugh. She had a career spanning six decades in TV, in film, and on stage. A frequent guest on The Merv Griffin Show, she was personally recruited for the soon-to-appear network sitcom The Bob Newhart Show, in a role created especially for her. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1985, she became a cancer activist. She was active throughout her life, with her long-term role as Edna Krabappel retired upon her death.

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Be good to yourself. Listen to your body, to your heart. We're very hard on ourselves, and we're always feeling like we're not doing enough. It's a terribly hard job.

I have a deep conviction that our lives are eternal, that it is waking and sleeping, that we are born together with the people we love lifetime after lifetime.

Nurses are my heroes... We dealt with a lot of oncology nurses... They are unsung and underpaid.

Being a caregiver is the most thankless role in the world. Everybody gives the patient some slack, as they should, but the caregiver has the stress of life and then you put a catastrophic illness on top of it, and the stress goes through the roof.

When you're going through all of this, the last thing you're thinking of as a patient, and especially as a caregiver, is to give yourself something that nurtures you and something that helps you not to get overwhelmed and burned out. Poetry, silence, walks, back rubs, or swimming, whatever, it's the thing you need most, and it's the thing you have to give yourself.

I asked for help, which is the hardest thing in the world.

I think illness is a family journey, no matter what the outcome. Everybody has to be allowed to process it and mourn and deal with it in their own way.

There is no such thing as an unreasonable question, or a silly question, or a frivolous question, or a waste-of-time question. It's your life, and you've got to get these answers.

You know, this is a business where only 15% make a living wage and only 9% of those are women. But I figured somebody has to be that 15%, somebody's got to be one of those women.