See The Simpsons's Last Goodbye to Mrs. Krabappel

The Simpsons Bids Farewell to Marcia Wallace and Mrs. Krabappel

One of the hallmarks of The Simpsons has been the show’s chalkboard gag: The audience is introduced to Bart Simpson as he scrawls some message repeatedly on a chalkboard during detention.

Through the show’s history, the tone of the chalkboard gag has veered from pop culture commentary (“I can’t see dead people”) to sheer absurdity (“The First Amendment does not cover burping”).

Marcia Wallace, Simpsons and Bob Newhart Show Actress, Dies at 70

Marcia Wallace, the voice of The Simpsons Edna Krabappel and the wise-cracking secretary on The Bob Newhart Show, died on Friday. She was 70.

Her friend Cathryn Michon says that Wallace died “due to complications from breast cancer of which she was a long and proud survivor and advocate for women and healing,” according to Deadline.