Walter, Jessica 1941(?)–

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WALTER, Jessica 1941(?)–

(Jessie Walter)


Born January 31, 1941 (some sources cite 1940), in Brooklyn, New York, NY; raised in Astoria, Queens, New York, NY; daughter of David (a musician) and Esther (a teacher; maiden name, Groisser) Walter; married Ross Bowman, March 27, 1966 (divorced, 1978); married Ron Leibman (an actor), June 26, 1983; children: (first marriage) Brooke (daughter). Education: Attended the School of Performing Arts; trained for the stage at Neighborhood Playhouse and Bucks County Playhouse.

Addresses: Agent—Judy Schoen, Judy Schoen and Associates, 606 North Larchmont Blvd., Suite 309, Los Angeles, CA 90004; Jay Kane, TalentWorks, 220 East 23rd St., Suite 400, New York, NY 10010.

Career: Actress. Appeared in commercials.

Member: Screen Actors Guild (member of board of directors, beginning 1973; vice president, 1975–83), American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Actors' Equity Association.

Awards, Honors: Clarence Derwent Award, most promising newcomer, 1963, for Photo Finish; Golden Globe Award nomination, most promising female newcomer, 1967, for Grand Prix; Golden Globe Award nomination, best motion actress—drama, 1972, for Play Misty for Me; Emmy Award, outstanding lead actress in a limited series, 1975, for Amy Prentiss; Emmy Award nominations, outstanding leading actress for a single appearance in a drama or comedy series, 1976, for "Till Death Do Us Part," The Streets of San Francisco, and outstanding supporting actress in a drama series, 1980, for Trapper John, M.D.; Golden Satellite Award, best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a television series, comedy or musical, International Press Academy, 2004, Future Classic Award (with others), TV Land awards, 2004, Emmy Award nomination, outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series, 2005, and Screen Actors Guild Award nomination (with others), outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series, 2005, both for Arrested Development.


Television Appearances; Series:

Julie Murano, Love of Life, CBS, 1962–65.

Phyllis Koster, For the People, CBS, 1965.

Title role, Amy Prentiss, NBC, 1974–75.

Joan Hamlyn, All That Glitters, syndicated, 1977.

Melanie Townsend McIntyre, Trapper John, M.D., CBS, 1979–84.

Ava Marshall, Bare Essence, NBC, 1983.

Claudia Bradford, a recurring role, Three's a Crowd, ABC, 1984–85.

Voice of Diabolyn, Wildfire (animated), CBS, 1986–87.

Connie Lo Verde, Aaron's Way, NBC, 1988.

Voice of Fran Sinclair, Dinosaurs, ABC, 1991–94.

Anne McPherson, The Round Table, NBC, 1992.

Susan Miller, a recurring role, Coach, ABC, 1994.

Eleanor Armitage, One Life to Live, ABC, 1996–97.

Celia, Oh Baby, Lifetime, 1998–2000.

Lucille Bluth, Arrested Development, Fox, 2003–.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Ursula, Wheels (also known as Arthur Hailey's "Wheels"), NBC, 1978.

Maggie McGregor, Scruples, ABC, 1981.

Secretary of Defense McGregor, Doomsday Rock (also known as Cosmic Shock), Family Channel, 1997.

Herself, TV Guide & TV Land Present: The 100 Most Memorable TV Moments (documentary), TV Land, 2004.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Jessica Carson, Three's a Crowd, ABC, 1969.

Dee Dee, Women in Chains, ABC, 1972.

Fredrica Morgan, Home for the Holidays (also known as Deadly Desires), ABC, 1972.

Louise Damon, Hurricane (also known as Hurricane Hunters), ABC, 1974.

Margaret Nicholson, Columbo: Mind over Mayhem, NBC, 1974.

Louise Carmino, Black Market Baby (also known as A Dangerous Love and Don't Steal My Baby), ABC, 1977.

Christina Wood, Secrets of Three Hungry Wives, NBC, 1978.

Megan, Wild and Wooly, ABC, 1978.

Irene Barton, She's Dressed to Kill (also known as Someone's Killing the World's Greatest Models), NBC, 1979.

Nicole DeCamp, Vampire, ABC, 1979.

Pat Brooks, Miracle on Ice, ABC, 1981.

Gertrude Simon, The Execution, NBC, 1985.

Francesca DeLorca, Killer in the Mirror, NBC, 1986.

Ms. Peggy Shields, Jenny's Song, syndicated, 1988.

Bess Kaufman, Leave of Absence, NBC, 1994.

Joan, Mother Knows Best, ABC, 1997.

Gennifer "G" Douglas, I Do (but I Don't), Lifetime, 2004.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Lois Lane, "Bianca," Kiss Me, Kate, ABC, 1968.

Nomi Haroun, Victory at Entebbe, ABC, 1976.

Anna II, "The Prison Game," Visions, PBS, 1977.

The Making of "Golden Girl," 1979.

Roz Richardson, "Thursday's Child," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 1983.

Day-to-Day Affairs, HBO, 1985.

Dr. Stein, "Just a Regular Kid: An AIDS Story," ABC Afterschool Specials, ABC, 1987.

Appeared in other specials.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, The Seventh Annual Genesis Awards, The Discovery Channel, 1993.

Presenter, The Ninth Annual Genesis Awards, The Discovery Channel, 1995.

Herself, The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Fox, 2004.

Herself, The Second Annual TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV (also known as The TV Land Awards), TV Land, 2004.

Herself, The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, CBS, 2005.

Herself, The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"Curse of the Gypsy," Diagnosis: Unknown, CBS, 1960.

"Hold for Gloria Christmas," Naked City, ABC, 1962.

Liz, "A Long Way from St. Louis," Route 66, CBS, 1963.

Edith Robertson, "The Prisoner: Part 1," The Nurses (also known as The Doctors and the Nurses), CBS, 1964.

(As Jessie Walter) Elena Darmon, "S.O.S. Dolphin," Flipper, NBC, 1964.

Flora Farr, "August Is the Month before Christmas," Ben Casey, ABC, 1964.

Linda Tennant, "House of Cards," The Rogues, NBC, 1964.

Lorna Richmond, "The Ordeal of Mrs. Snow," The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, CBS, 1964.

Myra Maxwell, "The Fine Line," The Defenders, CBS, 1964.

Phyllis Dowling, "Takes Sides with the Sun," East Side/West Side, CBS, 1964.

"The Suspect: Parts 1 & 2," The Nurses (also known as The Doctors and the Nurses), CBS, 1964.

Carole Ann Muffit, "Picture Me a Murder," Trials of O'Brien, CBS, 1965.

Sharon Ruskin, "The Unwritten Law," The Defenders, CBS, 1965.

"Act of Violence," The Nurses (also known as The Doctors and the Nurses), CBS, 1965.

Miss Gibbs, "Flight to Harbin," The F.B.I., ABC, 1966.

Pat Haynes, "The White Knight," The Fugitive, ABC, 1966.

Vivian Scott, "Search, Pursue and Destroy" (originally a pilot; also known as "Pursue and Destroy"), Preview Tonight, ABC, 1966.

Ellen Rainey, "Counter-Stroke," The F.B.I., ABC, 1967.

Mireilis, "Rope of Gold," The F.B.I., ABC, 1967.

"Moving Target," Mannix, CBS, 1967.

Eleanor Price, "Death of a Fixer," The F.B.I., ABC, 1968.

Linda Ramsey, "The Ordeal," Name of the Game, NBC, 1968.

Laurie Brooks, "The Baranoff Time Table," It Takes a Thief, ABC, 1969.

Morgana, "Where Will the Trumpets Be?," Then Came Bronson, NBC, 1969.

"Love and the Big Leap," Love, American Style, ABC, 1969.

Kathy Graves/Sylvia, "Who Is Sylvia?," Mannix, CBS, 1970.

Leslie, "Breakdown," The Most Deadly Game, ABC, 1970.

Valerie, "Orpheus," Mission: Impossible, CBS, 1970.

Dr. Carrie Benson, "Circle of Power," Medical Center, CBS, 1971.

Jenny Alquist, "The House of Alquist," Marcus Welby, M.D., ABC, 1971.

Louise Carson, "Everything Else You Can Steal," Alias Smith and Jones, ABC, 1971.

Maggi Spencer, "Web of Darkness," Medical Center, CBS, 1971.

Rita/Allie, "The Showdown," The Name of the Game, NBC, 1971.

"Let the Dier Beware," Storefront Lawyers (also known as Men at Law), CBS, 1971.

"Love and the Jealous Husband," Love, American Style, ABC, 1971.

"Love and the Kidnapper," Love, American Style, ABC, 1971.

"Montserrat," Hollywood Television Theatre, PBS, 1971.

"The Recruiter," The F.B.I., ABC, 1971.

Althea Blake, "Moving Target," Mannix, CBS, 1972.

Jane Butler, "That Was No Lady," Cannon, CBS, 1972.

Jordanna, "The Heart That Wouldn't Stay Buried," The Sixth Sense (also known as Night Gallery), ABC, 1972.

Susan, "A Game for One Player," Medical Center, CBS, 1972.

"The Old College Try," Banyon, NBC, 1972.

Erica Osburn, "The Two Million Clams of Cap'n Jack," Banacek, NBC, 1973.

Glen Williams/Glen Conway, "The Stamp of Death," The Streets of San Francisco, ABC, 1973.

Joyce, "The Cash and Carry Caper," Tenafly, NBC, 1973.

Laura Danford, "The Danford File," Mannix, CBS, 1973.

Marian Lawrence, "A More Exciting Case," Marcus Welby, M.D., ABC, 1973.

Phoebe, "Woman for Hire," Medical Center, CBS, 1973.

"A Gathering of Sharks," The F.B.I., ABC, 1973.

"Kiss the Dream Goodbye," Jigsaw, ABC, 1973.

"Love and the Twanger Tutor," Love, American Style, ABC, 1973.

"Love and the Weirdo," Love, American Style, ABC, 1973.

Amy Prentiss, "The Chief" (also known as "Amy Prentiss: Parts 1 & 2"), Ironside, NBC, 1974, pilot for the series Amy Prentiss.

Bernice Kellner, "Dead Man's Run," Barnaby Jones, CBS, 1974.

Brooke Leighton, "Venus as in Flytrap," Barnaby Jones, CBS, 1974.

Carla Crystal, "The Two-Faced Corpse," Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 1974.

Marian, "The Illusion of the Evil Spikes," The Magician, NBC, 1974.

Mrs. Jessica Wright, "Park Avenue Pirates," McCloud, NBC, 1975.

Guest, $10,000 Pyramid, 1975.

Donna Drake, "All Bets Off," McMillan (also known as McMillan and Wife), NBC, 1976.

Maggie Jarris/Mrs. Reston/Mrs. McCluskey, "Till Death Do Us Part," The Streets of San Francisco, ABC, 1976.

"The Grand Gesture," Gibbsville, NBC, 1976.

Guest, $20,000 Pyramid, 1976.

Gloria, "The Return of Wonder Woman," Wonder Woman (also known as The New Adventures of Wonder Woman), CBS, 1977.

"The Girl Nobody Knew," What Really Happened to the Class of '65?, NBC, 1977.

Gail Matthews, "Crash Diet Course," The Love Boat, ABC, 1978.

Jessica Ross/Catherine Benton, "Images," Quincy, M.E. (also known as Quincy), NBC, 1978.

Mrs. Madeline Harris, "Doc's 'Ex' Change," The Love Boat, ABC, 1979.

Marcia Smith, "Farnsworth's Fling/Three in a Bed/I Remember Helen/Merrill, Melanie & Melanesia/Gopher Farnsworth Smith: Parts 1 & 2," The Love Boat, ABC, 1981.

Sally Walker, "Doc's Dismissal," The Love Boat, ABC, 1981.

"The Best of Friends/Success/Nine Karats," Aloha Paradise, ABC, 1981.

Glynnis Durand, "Joey's Here," Matt Houston, ABC, 1982.

Vanessa Sterling, "Everybody Loves Aunt Vanessa," Joanie Loves Chachi, ABC, 1982.

Victoria Hill, "Reunion," Knots Landing, CBS, 1982.

"Hits and Missus," The Love Boat, ABC, 1983.

Joyce Holleran, "Murder in the Afternoon," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1985.

Melanie Townsend McIntyre, "The Second Best Man," Trapper John, M.D., CBS, 1985.

"Judy Hits a Low Note/Love Times Two/The Problem with Papa," The Love Boat, ABC, 1985.

Irene Fitzgerald, "Child's Play," Hotel, ABC, 1986.

Joan Fulton, "Magnum on Ice," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1986.

Joan Fulton, "Novel Connection," Magnum, P.I., CBS, 1986.

Brin Coltan, "Murder by Design," J. J. Starbuck, NBC, 1988.

Jane Dawson, "Unauthorized Obituary," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1991.

"Clint Eastwood—The Man from Malpaso," Crazy about the Movies, Cinemax, 1993.

Gwen Noble, "Murder in the Afternoon" (also known as "The Murder Channel"), Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1994.

Senator Elise Voudreau, "A Spider in the Web," Babylon 5, syndicated, 1994.

Ann Kopell, "House Counsel," Law & Order, NBC, 1995.

Voice of Ashley Walker-Club-Dupree, "Rocks and Rolls," The Magic School Bus (animated), PBS, 1996.

Estelle, "The Big Ride," You Wish, ABC, 1997.

Eve Gallo, "Eve of Destruction," Just Shoot Me!, NBC, 1998.

Suzanne Barnard, "The Light," Poltergeist: The Legacy, Showtime and Sci-Fi Channel, 1998.

Mrs. Louise Zane, "Bad Timing and Dirty Laundry," Jack & Jill, The WB, 2000.

Mrs. Louise Zane, "California Dreamin'," Jack & Jill, The WB, 2001.

Mrs. Louise Zane, "Pressure Points," Jack & Jill, The WB, 2001.

Naomi, "The Show Must Not Go On," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 2003.

Guest, "Desperate Housewives, Amazing Race, and More," Best Week Ever, VH1, 2004.

Herself, "Character You Love to Hate," TV Land's Top Ten, TV Land, 2005.

Appeared as Claire in an episode of Jack's Place, ABC.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Vivian Scott, Search, Pursue and Destroy (also known as Pursue and Destroy), broadcast as an episode of Preview Tonight, ABC, 1966.

Janet Braddock, The Immortal, ABC, 1969.

Jane Antrim, They Call It Murder, NBC, 1971.

Amy Prentiss, "The Chief" (also known as "Amy Prentiss: Parts 1 & 2"), Amy Prentiss, NBC, 1974, broadcast as an episode of Ironside, NBC, 1974.

Sally McNamara, Having Babies (also known as Giving Birth), ABC, 1976.

Morgan LeFay, Dr. Strange, CBS, 1978.

Astrid Carlisle, The Return of Marcus Welby, M.D., ABC, 1984.

Jessica Craigmont, T.L.C., NBC, 1984.

Connie Lo Verde, Aaron's Way: The Harvest (also known as Aaron's Way and Circle of Love), NBC, 1988.

Bonnie Balian, Dad's a Dog, ABC, 1990.

Toby, Grant & Lee, CBS, 1996.

Lucille Bluth, Arrested Development, Fox, 2003.

Television Additional Voices; Animated Series:

Pirates of Darkwater (also known as Darkwater and Pirates of Dark Water), ABC, 1991–92.

Film Appearances:

Laura, Lilith, Columbia, 1964.

(Uncredited) Herself, Grand Prix: Challenge of the Champions (short documentary film), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1966.

Libby McAusland, The Group, United Artists, 1966.

Pat Stoddard, Grand Prix, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1966.

Inez Braverman, Bye Bye Braverman, Warner Bros., 1968.

Julie Catlan, Number One (also known as The Pro), United Artists, 1969.

Evelyn Draper, Play Misty for Me, Universal, 1971.

Golden Girl (also known as Goldengirl), 1979.

Fiona, Going Ape!, Paramount, 1981.

Celia Berryman, Spring Fever (also known as Sneakers), Com-World, 1983.

(In archive footage from the film Play Misty for Me) Evelyn Draper, Terror in The Aisles (documentary), Universal, 1984.

First girl in art room, Secret Places, 1984.

Phyllis Brody, The Flamingo Kid, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1984.

Kay Mart, Tapeheads, De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, 1988.

Elaine, Ghost in the Machine (also known as Deadly Terror), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1993.

President Garcia-Thompson, PCU (also known as PCU Pit Party), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1994.

Dr. Phyllis Evergreen, The Temptress (also known as Dark Goddess), Paramount Home Video, 1995.

Doris Zimmerman, The Slums of Beverly Hills, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 1998.

Mrs. Epstein, My Best Friend's Wife (also known as Grownups), Curb Entertainment/Screen Media Ventures, 2001.

Fern Schoichet, Dummy, Artisan Entertainment/Curb Entertainment, 2002.

Stage Appearances:

Kid sister, Middle of the Night, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, PA, 1958.

Liz, Advise and Consent, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1961.

Cigarette girl and understudy for Anna, Night Life, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1962.

Clarice and Ada, Photo Finish (also known as Photo Finish: An Adventure in Biography), Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 1963.

Mistress, A Severed Head, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1964.

The Women, Repertory Theatre of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, 1970.

Rosalind Gambol, Fighting International Fat, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, New York City, 1985.

Tartuffe, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Los Angeles, 1986.

Claire Ganz, Rumors, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1988, later Centre Theatre Group, James A. Doolittle Theatre, Los Angeles, 1989–90.

Mother, Going Native, Long Wharf Theatre Stage II, New Haven, CT, 2002.

Appeared in The Murder of Me, New York City.

Major Tours:

Tartuffe, U.S. cities, 1986.



Herself, Play It Again: A Look back at "Play Misty for Me" (documentary), Universal Studios Home Video, 2001.

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