Walter began her career in her home town of New York City where she conquered numerous Broadway productions including “Advise and Consent,” Neil Simon’s “Rumors,” “A Severed Head,” “Nightlife” and “Photo Finish,” a role that earned her the Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Newcomer. Also on stage, Walter has worked at New York’s famed Playwright’s Horizons and the Los Angeles Theater Center, where she starred in “Tartuffe” opposite Ron Leibman, her Emmy® and Tony® Award-winning husband. She recently starred in the Broadway revival of “Anything Goes,” which picked up several Tony® Awards.
Walter’s feature film work includes Clint Eastwood’s “Play Misty for Me,” for which she received a Golden Globe® Award nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture. A short list of Walter’s additional film work includes “The Group,” “Slums of Beverly Hills,” “Lilith,” “The Flamingo Kid,” “Dummy,” “Number One” and “Grand Prix,” for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer.
Her numerous television roles include Malory Archer on “Archer,” the title character in the series “Amy Prentiss” (Best Actress Emmy® Award win), “Trapper John,” “M.D.” (Emmy® Award nomination), “The Streets of San Francisco” (Emmy® Award nomination) and “Arrested Development” (Emmy Award® nomination, SAG® Nomination). New episodes of “Arrested Development” aired on Netflix in 2013.
Walter has also appeared in several miniseries including “Wheels,” “Scruples,” “Bare Essence” and “Victory at Entebbe.” She has guest-starred in over 60 episodic television roles and appeared as a regular in several recent television series.
She provided her voice for ABC's primetime Jim Henson series “Dinosaurs” and additional voice-over work has included serving as a spokeswoman for Southern California Edison, Albertsons supermarkets and Chase Bank. In addition to her work in theatre, film and television, Walter has served as 2nd National Vice President of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and was an elected member of the SAG Board of Directors for over a decade.