Emmy Award-winner, Jessica Walter, is an American actress best known for her role as Amy Prentiss on the series Dinosaurs for which she won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie. Walter made her acting debut in 1960 from the stage play Advice and Consent.

Since then, Jessica Walter has appeared in numerous TV shows and films to date. Some of her notable works are Play Misty for Me, Grand Prix, The Group, Slums of Beverly Hills, and more. As of 2022, Jessica is worth $4 million.

The Journey From Stage To Films

Jessica began her acting journey from the stage when she played Liz in Advise and Consent in 1960. In 1963 Walter played Clarice, Ada Cooney in Photo Finish for which she won the Clarence Derwent Award.

She then moved to television and portrayed Julie Murano on the television series Love of Life from 1962 to 1965. Within these years, she also appeared in several other popular TV series like Naked City, Ben Casey, Route 66, The Rogues, and The Defenders.

Actress Jessica made her debut in 1960 from Advise and ConsentImage Source: Silver Screen Suppers
Actress Jessica made her debut in 1960 from Advice and ConsentImage Source: Silver Screen Suppers

Walter made her film debut in 1964 from Lilith as Laura. She then appeared in Grand Prix as Pat Stoddard for which she won a Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer.

Jessica Walter made her breakthrough from the 1971 movie Play Misty for Me, where she played a young woman named Evelyn Draper with behavior consistent with a borderline personality disorder. For her outstanding performance in the movie, she received a Golden Globe Award nomination in the Best Motion Picture Actress – Drama category.

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From 2003-06, Walter appeared in a regular role as Lucille Bluth, a scheming alcoholic socialite matriarch on Fox’s critically acclaimed comedy series Arrested Development. In the show, she co-starred alongside Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, and Alia Shawkat.

Jessica as Lucille Bluth in Arrested DevelopmentImage Source: Deadline
Jessica as Lucille Bluth in Arrested Development

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In 2005, Walter won a nomination for Emmy Award in Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role.

In 2013, the series was adapted by Netflix, and Jessica reprised her role as Lucille in season five, which premiered in 2018.

Similarly, some of her film work include Ghost in the Machine, PCU, Dummy, Unaccompanied Minors, Bending the Rules, and Undercover Grandpa.

How Much Did She Earn From Arrested Development?

As per various sources, Walter was paid around $125,000 per episode for her work in the show. From her career of over five decades, Jessica has amassed $4 million net worth as of November 2022.

In the United States of America, an actor earns around $11.21 per hour to $37,430 – $56,500 annually. On the other hand, A-List actors are paid thousands or even millions of dollars.

Where Does Walter Live?

The 80-year-old actress currently resides in Pound Ridge, New York. She and her husband Ron purchased the property about 25 years ago for $680,000.

Actress Jessica Walters selling her Pound Ridge house for $900,000Image Source: Variety
Actress Jessica Walters selling her Pound Ridge house for $900,000

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As per Variety, the property hit the market for $900,000 recently on 19th November 2019. The house features four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and measures 3,200 square feet. They also have a guest house with two bedrooms and a master suite.

The average house price in Poland Ridge, NY, ranges around $813,200, which goes up to millions depending on the house.

Know More About, Jessica

Jessica Walter was born on 31st January 1941 in Brooklyn, New York, the United States of America to Esther Grosser and David Walter. She is American by nationality and has Russian-Jewish descent.

Did You Know? Jessica and her Arrested Development co-star Portia de Rossi share the same birthday.

She was brought up in her hometown alongside her brother Richard Walter who is a screenwriter. She went to New York City’s High School of Performing Arts.

Who Is Her Husband?

Walter is married to Rumors co-star Ron Leibman. They tied the knot on 26th June 1983 amidst family and friends and celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary this year.

Walters with her husband Ron LeibmanImage Source: Fandago
Walters with her husband Ron Leibman

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Before Ron, Walter was married to actor Ross Bowman. They exchanged their vows on 27th March 1966 and shared a daughter named Brooke Bowman (b. in 1972). They ended their marriage in 1978.