Elmarie Wendel, best known for her role on TV's 3rd Rock From the Sun as Mrs. Dubcek, has died, her daughter confirmed. She was 89.
Jennifer "J.C." Wendel confirmed the news Saturday night in an Instagram post, sharing an image of her actress mother along with her 3rd Rock castmates for the series' centennial episode.
"#ripelmariewendel. You were a great mom and a badass dame," J.C. Wendel wrote.
Wendel's 3rd Rock co-star Jim Beaver, who played Happy Doug on the series, also paid tribute to the actress on Twitter, recalling Wendel's "raucous" personality and "terribly sweet" demeanor.
"I've just heard from her daughter JC that my friend and colleague from 3rd ROCK FROM THE SUN, Elmarie Wendel, has died. She was raucous, funny, endearing, and terribly, terribly sweet. Goodnight, Mrs. Dubcek, wherever you are," the actor tweeted Sunday.
Prior to landing her role on 3rd Rock in 1996, Wendel had guest stints on Seinfeld, NYPD Blue, General Hospital, Murphy Brown, Knight Rider, The Jeffersons, The Facts of Life and Murder, She Wrote. After the series' 2001 finale, Wendel's later roles included voicing Aunt Grizelda in the 2012 film The Lorax. She also did voice work for the video game Fallout 4 in 2015.