Prolific actress Cloris Leachman, who won an Oscar for her role in the drama in 1971 View the last photo, And played Phyllis Lindstrom in the classic sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show She died alone at the age of 94.
Its representatives said that she died Wednesday of natural causes in Encinitas, California.
“It has been an honor for me to work with Cloris Leachman, one of the bravest actresses of our time,” Juliet Green, her manager, said in a statement to Yahoo Entertainment. “There was no one like Cloris. At one look she had the power to break your heart or make you laugh until tears flow down your face. You never know what Cloris will say or do and that unexpected quality was part of her unparalleled charm. She loved it.” Her children and grandchildren fiercely. She was a vegetarian all her life, and was a passionate advocate for animal rights. The family requests any donations in her name to a house or last chance for animals. “
In fact, Leachman has excelled in both comedies and dramas, garnering nearly 300 acting credits over the course of seven decades. Along the way, she won eight Primetime Emmys for acting – more than anyone else except Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Who has the same number – plus an Oscar.
Leachman seems to have genuinely retained her love for acting, even in her later years.
“[The work] She told her hometown newspaper, The The Des Moines Register In August 2019. “Many times I was like, Oh my God, what were they thinking? How did they get me to this part? If you asked me, I wouldn’t think of myself for this role or this production, but they do and this comes to me and that means more to me than anything.” .
Leachman was Decided by the third gradeAfter her teacher asked her to read to the class that she wanted to be in front of a crowd. When she was 11 years old, she won a part on a radio show, and went on to study drama at Illinois State University and Northwestern University. During that time, she won the Miss Chicago title and competed in the Miss America contest in 1946. While not winning, she ended up moving to New York City to study acting under Elia Kazan.
She made her Broadway debut in 1948, and starred alongside Katharine Hepburn As you like it For several months.
Among her early television credits was an episode of Philip Morris Theater And original Lacy.
She had over 20 years acting career behind her before she landed the Oscar-winning role of Ruth Popper in Peter Bogdanovich. View the last photo. She has also been impressed on screen in several Mel Brooks films, including the 1974 comedy classic Young Frankenstein. On Wednesday, Brooks praised his frequent collaborator as “insanely talented”.
Such sad news – Cloris was insanely talented. She can make you laugh or cry when the hat falls off. Always a pleasure to be on set. Every time I hear the neighing of a horse, I will forever think of Cloris’ unforgettable Frau Blücher. It is indispensable, and we will miss it very much.
– Mel Brooks (MelBrooks) January 27, 2021
In between, Leachman joined the cast of the lead sitcom Mary Tyler Moore. The Litchman character of Mary’s owner and neurotic friend was so popular that she even got her own, PhyllisThat lasted two seasons starting in 1975.
“I’ve heard [Phyllis is] Neurotic. I didn’t find any pleasure in that word, “said Leachman Television Academy. “I decided to be perfect. There is nothing more boring than a perfect person. You know, you are a bitch in the bedroom and a driver in cars, and you are a chef in the kitchen … I think it was just unbearable.”
She later appeared regularly Facts of life And the Malcolm in the east, raised hope And the crazy of you. In September 2008, she competed Dancing With The Stars And the seventh place.
Throughout this time, she has also acted in films DumpsAnd the Beverly HillbelisAnd the Spanglish And dozens of others.
She has four children: Adam, Dinah, George Jr.and Morgan.
In the wake of her death, her friends, colleagues, and admirers praised her. Here are a few:
A tribute to Cloris Leachman, who has brought comedy mysteries to the big and small screen.
– Steve Martin (@ SteveMartinToGo) January 27, 2021
I loved your job !!! Just love !! I grew up watching Phyllis and The Last Picture Show. You will miss your constant supremacy, transformative ability, and courage. RIP Cloris Leachman! Reconciliation 💛https://t.co/hnWjdomZ3x
– Viola Davis (violadavis) January 28, 2021
Cloris Leachman is dead. The Oscar-winning cheerful lady and Amy stole her way into our hearts and always left us smiling. She was 94 years old.
Rest in peace and keep laughing for us when we get there.
George Takei January 27, 2021
As a guest star on The Muppet Show, Cloris Leachman kept going the show despite an invasion of pigs and in The Muppet Movie, it opened the door to our rich and famous record-breaking decade. Legend and great friend. Cloris, we will never forget you.
TheMuppets January 27, 2021
Rest in peace Cloris Leachman, you will always live my sense of humor. Thank you
Peter Frampton (@petframpton) January 27, 2021
I had the privilege to work with Cloris Leachman on the A CBS TV pilot. it was amazing. But I’ll always love it in Young Frankenstein. “It was my friend!” rest in peace
Williams Treatment (Rtreatwilliams) January 28, 2021
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