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Marcia Wallace: Voice of Bart's Simpson's teacher dies aged 70

Marcia Wallace, the voice of teacher Edna Krabappel on "The Simpsons," has died.

Simpsons executive producer Al Jean said in a statement Saturday that her death is a terrible loss. He says Wallace's "irreplaceable character" would be retired from the show.

Marcia Wallace at the Hollywood Collectors & Celebrities Show, California in 2009. Credit: Gregg DeGuire/AFF/EMPICS Entertainment

The longtime TV actress' credits ranged from playing a wise-cracking receptionist on The Bob Newhart Show to appearances on Candice Bergen's Murphy Brown.


Guillermo del Toro directs eery intro for The Simpsons

Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro has been let loose on The Simpsons and directed an eery intro for the show's 24th Treehouse of Horror Halloween episode.

Del Toro, whose films include Blade II and Hellboy, turns the town of Springfield into a place where evil forces have taken over, zombies and monsters reside and nightmares are a reality.

There are around 30 to 40 direct horror movie references in the opening couch gag sequence, including Alfred Hitchcock), Del Toro's 2006 film Pan's Labyrinth and The Shining.

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