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The Bob Newhart Show

Marcia Wallace

Carol Kester

Marcia Wallace, born in Creston, Iowa, played Carol Kester (Bondurant) on The Bob Newhart Show. She later reprised that role in a guest spot on Murphy Brown, a portrayal that garnered an Emmy Award nomination. She later won an Emmy for her work as the voice of Mrs. Krabappel on The Simpsons.

Wallace studied acting in New York City with the legendary Uta Hagen. She appeared on stage in Hello Dolly, Dark of the Moon, Calling in Crazy and with the off-Broadway group the Fourth Wall. She also did over 50 television commercials. She made numerous appearances on The Merv Griffin Show early in her career and guest starred on The Brady Bunch in the classic episode "Getting Davy Jones." Other guest spots include roles on Columbo, The Love Boat, Taxi, Murder, She Wrote and Magnum, P.I. She has also done numerous films and television movies, including The Castaways on Gilligan's Island. She wrote a book entitled Don’t Look Back, We’re Not Going That Way, in 2004. She also appeared in the 2008 feature Tru Loved.

On The Bob Newhart Show, Daily provided a manic contrast to Newhart's staid, buttoned-down character where he stayed until 1978. It would be a few years before Daily worked again as a regular. Instead, he made numerous guest appearances, including a role in a 1979 episode of CHiPs. Daily's '80s roles were mostly in short-lived series. He also appeared in 1985's I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later. He played the role of Grandpa in 2009’s Harroween.

Character Bio

Carol's job is answering phones, billing patients and making coffee at the reception desk in Bob's office. Her life is nearly as colorful as her bright red hair. A "former fattie," she has to have a tattoo removed at one point because her weight loss has left her beautiful butterfly a shadow of its former self. Carol is quick-witted, fiery and insolent, but has a heart of gold. Early in the series she spends her days as a white-collar worker bee and her nights as a victim of Emily Hartley's ill-fated matchmaking efforts. One of Carol's more successful (and surprising) love connections is with Bob's star patient Elliot Carlin. In later seasons, Carol meets Larry Bondurant, a travel agent and avid amateur photographer whom she eventually marries.