Late star Jessica Walter leaves at least $ 2 million in property behind


The late “Arrested Development” actress Jessica Walter left behind an estate worth at least $ 2 million, according to court documents.

Walter, an Emmy winner who played the drunken mom Lucille Bluth on the cult classic sitcom, died in his sleep in March at the age of 80.

Documents filed in Walter’s estate case in the Manhattan Substitute Court indicated that she owned “tangible personal property” worth $ 1,999,000.

Newspapers did not give further details on the property.

Walter left her entire estate to a trust and did not state who will inherit the trust or how much it was worth, according to a will she signed in February.

“I bequeath my estate, real and personal, tangible and intangible, and wherever it is located to the trustee (s) then acting under the revocable trust Jessica Walter”, one can read in the will.

A lawyer for New York Trusts and Estates said tangible property can include items such as art, antiques, jewelry and furniture.

“If her tangible assets are $ 2 million, then I think it’s safe to say that she has other substantial assets,” the attorney said.

Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Bateman, Tony Hale, David Cross, Will Arnett, Alia Shawkat and Jessica Walter attend SiriusXM Town Hall with the cast of Arrested Development on May 21, 2018.
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“It is likely that the revocable trust was funded with other assets such as marketable securities and possibly a home or private business,” the attorney said, adding that there could also be the money in the trust.

Walter nominated his only daughter Brooke Bowman – who is senior vice president of drama programming at Fox Entertainment, according to the deadline – be the executor of his estate, says the will.

Walter’s second husband, Emmy-winning actor Ron Leibman died in 2019 at the age of 82. And she only had one surviving brother, according to court documents.

Ron Leibman and Jessica Walter
Jessica Walter’s late husband Ron Leibman passed away in 2019.
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“The bottom line is that the probate estate and will not tell the whole story of his wealth,” said the lawyer. “But we can safely assume that she had other assets in the revocable trust before her death, as these trusts are generally funded for life.”

“As she is survived by a daughter, it is likely that her daughter will receive almost all of the wealth from her mother. At first glance, the estate plan looks pretty typical. said the lawyer.

The Brooklyn-born actress won an Emmy in 1975 for her role in the NBC drama “Amy Prentiss”. She has also been nominated for an Emmy three other times, including roles in “Arrested Development”, “Trapper John, MD” and “The Streets of San Francisco”.

She voiced Malory Archer on the FXX animated show “Archer” and starred in films such as Clint Eastwood’s “Play Misty for Me” and the 1964 film “Lilith”, which also starred Warren Beatty and Gene Hackman.

“An actress who has worked for over six decades, her greatest pleasure has been bringing joy to others through her storytelling on and off screen,” Bowman told Deadline after her mother passed away. “Although her legacy will continue through her work, many will remember her for her wit, class and general zest for life.”

An estate attorney did not immediately return a request for comment. Bowman did not immediately respond to a message left at her home.

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