Jessica Walter (born January 31, 1941) is an American actress, known for the film Play Misty for Me and for her role as Lucille Bluth on the sitcom Arrested Development. She had a starring role for the first half of season 1 of 90210. She currently does the voice for Mallory Archer in the FX animated series Archer and stars as Elaine Robbins in Retired at 35.
Walter was born to a Jewish household in Brooklyn, the daughter of Esther (née Groisser) and David Walter, a musician. She was raised in Queens, New York, and graduated from Manhattan's High School of Performing Arts. In the early 1960s, she trained alongside James Caan and Christopher Lloyd at New York City's Neighborhood Playhouse before getting her big break, a regular role on the soap opera Love of Life. She appeared on the show from 1962 to 1965.
She appeared in the premier episode of "Flipper" in September 1964. Also in 1964, she guest starred with Jack Lord, Nick Adams, and Herb Edelman in the episode "How Much for a Prince?" of CBS's short-lived drama The Reporter, with Harry Guardino in the title role. Walter had a recurring role on Trapper John, M.D. as Melanie McIntyre, Trapper John's former wife.