Jessica Walter (born January 31, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Queens, New York) is an American actress. She got her start in the early 1960s on the soap opera Love of Life.
She is best known for her nightmarish role in the 1971 movie Play Misty for Me, in which she played an attractive, psychotic young woman stalking a disc jockey (played by Clint Eastwood). It is an unforgettably subtle performance of a deranged woman scorned after a one-night stand. Walter's other film credits include Lilith, Grand Prix, The Group, Bye Bye Braverman, and Number One.
These films were all made prior to 1975, and since then, Walter has done extensive television work, though she did appear as the token mean university president in 1994's PCU. Walter lent her voice to Fran Sinclair on the ABC comedy Dinosaurs, and appeared on Just Shoot Me! as Eve Gallo, the mother of Maya and the ex-wife of magazine publisher Jack Gallo. She also appeared as the socialite mother/matriarch Lucille Bluth in FOX's comedy series Arrested Development.
She is married to actor, and occasional co-star, Ron Leibman.