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In her later years, Wallace enjoyed scrubbing pots and pans with her hair.

In her later years, Wallace enjoyed scrubbing pots and pans with her hair.

Actress and former executive assistant to Bob Newhart, Marcia Wallace, died at the spry age of 70.

Wallace got her big break playing the secretary in “The Bob Newhart Show,” where for six seasons, she gained the power to get people to drink just by saying “Hi, Bob.”

After that, she wallowed in the celebrity-game-show pit of mediocrity.  Right along with Charles Nelson Reilly.

Over the years, Wallace appeared on “Hollywood Squares,” “Password Plus” and its 1980s spin-off “Super Password,” “Whew!,” “Crosswits,” “Hot Potato,” “Body Language,” “The $25,000 Pyramid,” “Double Talk,” “Win, Lose or Draw,” “To Tell the Truth” and “Match Game.” She was also on special celebrity episodes of “Family Feud” and “Card Sharks.”

All this caused Paul Lynde to fire his agent and hire Marcia’s.

But Wallace didn’t just do game shows.  Hell no!  She was on two episodes of “Alf.”  She appeared in “Full House,” “Bewitched,” “The Brady Bunch,” and, of course, “The Love Boat.”  Marcia believed in quality, so she took the smaller roles that she wanted to do instead of that role on that fly-by-night “LA Law.”  It was a career that inspired the likes of Ewan McGregor.

Marcia was pulled out of her three-decade tailspin of the pedestrian when she landed the role of Edna Krabappel in “The Simpsons.”  Edna was the perpetual first grade teacher to the eternal first grader, Bart Simpson.

In addition to not teaching Bart, Edna also had an affair with Principle Skinner and, without knowing it, a crush on Gordie Howe, whom she sent a racy lingerie photo. Edna was a burned out teacher by day and a saucy, desperate minx by night.  But one of my favorite things about Edna Krabappel, her catch phrase: HA!  How awesome is that?

This year, for their 25th season (just stop already, guys!  End it!) the producers of the Simpsons announced that they planned on killing off a character.  Apu was thought as the favorite character to die (according to my five-second Google Search).  Now I think that Edna Krabappel is even money.

This hot goes to: Erika!  She catapults herself from being shut out to being in 7th place!  This may sound impressive, but remember that there are five people tied for 6th place.

But at least she got a hit!  I have come close top being shut out before, and brother, it doesn’t feel good.  So, congrats to Erika on her first solo hit!

Happy Pooling,

SPMI

PS: Draft day: T-minus six days and counting!

Current Standings:

Dawn-n-Mike – 170 (Oscar Niemeyer – 0, Norman Joseph Woodland – 10,Patti Page – 20, Reg Presley – 30, Hugo Chavez – 50, Frank Thornton – 10 – George Jones – 20, Tompall Glaser – 30)

Babysitter – 140 (Clive Dunn – 10, Ravi Shankar – 10, Margaret Thatcher – 20, Chi Cheng – 60, Pat Summerall – 20, Douglas Englebart – 20)

The New Dick in Town – 120 – (Jack Klugman – 10, Mindy McCready – 70, Jonathan Winters – 20, Jeanne Cooper – 20)

“Imaginary” Steve – 100 (Al Neuharth – 20, Ken Venturi – 20, Art Donovan – 20, Elmore Leonard – 20, Julie Harris – 20)

Joanne – 100 – (Freddy Schmidt – 10, Robert Bork – 20, C. Everett Koop – 10, Moon Mullen – 10, Virgil Trucks – 10, Dr. Joyce Brothers – 20, Eydie Gorme‏

– 20)

Gianna – 100 – (Lucille Bliss – 10, Bonnie Franklin – 40, E. L. Konigsburg – 20, Deanna Durbin – 10, Margaret Pellegrini – 20)

Tailgating with Jesus – 90 – (Marvin Miller – 10, Earl Weaver – 20, Jerry Buss – 20, Gus Triandos – 20, Bum Phillips – 10, Bud Adams – 10)

Team Sushi – 90 – (Conrad Bain – 20, Roger Ebert – 30, Deacon Jones – 30, Helen Thomas – 10)

Occupy the Casket – 50 (Phil Chevron – 50)

Sean P. McFeeley I – 50 – (Patty Andrews – 10, Dick Trickle – 30, Jean Stapleton – 10)

Council of Geeks – 50 (Richard Griffiths – 40, Ray Harryhausen – 10)

Jami – 50 – (Larry Hagman – 20, Annette Funicello – 30)

The Girl on Fire – 50 – (Dear Abby – 10, Ed Koch – 20, Milo O’Shea – 20)

Erika – 30 (Marcia Wallace – 30)

Carol – 20 – (Stan Lynde – 20)

Nikki the Bad-Ass – 10 – (Stan Musial – 10)

“Sister” Mary Sheila – 10 (Lee MacPhail – 10)

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