Actress Cloris Leachman, one of the most iconic stars of stage and screen, has died at the age of 94. Rest in peace. Let’s remember Leachman with a look back at her incredible body of work…
Rest In Peace, Cloris Leachman
Juliet Green, Cloris Leachman’s manager and one of her closest confidants, confirmed the comedian’s death on January 27. “It’s been my privilege to work with Cloris Leachman, one of the most fearless actresses of our time. There was no one like Cloris,” she said. “With a single look she had the ability to break your heart or make you laugh ’till the tears ran down your face. You never knew what Cloris was going to say or do and that unpredictable quality was part of her unparalleled magic.”
Leachman passed away from natural causes, in her home in Encinitas, California. Of course, before her passing, she enjoyed one of the long-lasting careers in all of Hollywood. While she’s portrayed countless characters over the years, her roles as landlady Phyllis Lindstrom from The Mary Tyler Moore Show remains her most iconic. In fact, Mary Tyler Moore kicked off a career few other actresses can hope to achieve!
“I Lived My Life”
From her work on the beloved sitcom, Leachman moved on to film. From the hysterical Frau Blücher in Young Frankenstein to the role of nurse Diesel in High Anxiety, she did it all! Later in her career, Leachman returned to television. Younger audiences will recognize her as grandmother Ida on Malcolm in the Middle and Maw Maw in Raising Hope. Thanks to all these incredible parts, she earned a Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2011. Along the way, she also earned 22 Emmy nominations, eight Primetime Emmy Awards, and one Daytime Emmy Award. What a resume!
“I’ve lived my life; I haven’t trotted alongside it,” Leachman wrote in her 2010 autobiography. “I’ve opened the doors of opportunity wherever I’ve seen them. I’ve walked into discoveries and dreams, disappointments and death. I bear the scars of not having obeyed rules made by others, and I wear the deep satisfaction of knowing I never bent to conventions I didn’t believe in.”
As you might imagine, many stars came out to remember Leachman after her passing…
As fans can attest, Leachman remained active and hilarious, even in her older years. For those that don’t know, she accredited her energy to her lifelong vegetarian diet. Her energy also meant that Leachman worked with a wide variety of people over many years. So, it’s no surprise that many came out and remembered her fondly after her death.
“Such sad news – Cloris was insanely talented. She could make you laugh or cry at the drop of a hat. Always such a pleasure to have on set. Every time I hear a horse whinny I will forever think of Cloris’ unforgettable Frau Blücher,” wrote Mel Brooks. The famed director of Young Frankenstein also had Leachman star in many of his other films.
“So sad over the loss of the brilliant Cloris Leachman,” actor and comedian Bob Saget wrote. “Beyond being an Academy award winner, her hilarious role in ‘Young Frankenstein,’ and being ‘Phyllis,’ I had the pleasure of being roasted by her on television. My deepest sympathies to her loved ones.”
Rest in peace, Cloris Leachman. We will always remember you, thanks to your incredible skills and art!