Biography of Marcia Wallace
Marcia Karen Wallace (born November 1, 1942) is an American character actress, comedienne 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 sitcom, The Bob Newhart Show, and as the voice of Edna Krabappel on the animated series The Simpsons, for which she won an Emmy for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in 1992.
Marcia Wallace was born and raised in Creston, Iowa, the oldest of three children of Arthur "Poke" Wallace and wife Joann. Her father owned and operated a general merchandise store, "Wallace Sundries", where Marcia, her sister Sharon, and brother Jim would often help out. While in high school a teacher encouraged Wallace to consider a career in acting after she did well in a school play. Prior to that Wallace had an interest in becoming a journalist. Following graduation from Creston High School Wallace attended Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa, whch had offered her a full scholarship. At Parsons she majored in English and Theater, performing in such productions as Brigadoon and The Music Man.