Hollywood Legend Cloris Leachman Has Died at 94!
We are sad to report that Cloris Leachman, best known for roles in film and television classics such as “Young Frankenstein” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” has died at age 94. Read on…
CelebnHealth247.com reports that Cloris Leachman died of natural causes according to her longtime manager Juliet Green.
Famed actress, Cloris Leachman, an Oscar winner and nine-time Emmy winner who could do it all — passed away at her home in Encinitas, Calif., on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021.
Cloris Leachman’s longtime manager Juliet Green released this statement:
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. 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.
She loved her children and her grandchildren ferociously. A lifelong vegetarian, she was a passionate advocate for animal rights. The family requests that any donations in her name be made to PETA or Last Chance for Animals.
Cloris Leachman History:
Born in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 30, 1926, Leachman was the eldest of three sisters. Upon graduating high school, she attended Illinois State University to study drama, before enrolling in Northwestern University. After competing in the Miss America pageant in 1946, she began appearing on Broadway and the big and small screens.
Her break-through came in 1957 with a starring role as Timmy’s mom Ruth in the TV series “Lassie.” However, true stardom arrived in 1969 with her scene-stealing turn as Phyllis, the stylish and lovably narcissistic neighbor of Mary Richards in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”
She has been in countless move roles, TV series and guest appearances. In recent years, Leachman earned acclaim opposite Adam Sandler in James L. Brooks’ “Spanglish,” and appeared on numerous television shows, including “Touched by an Angel,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Raising Hope” and Disney’s “Phineas and Ferb.”
Cloris was the other half of Hollywood’s finest alongside to Betty White.
In 2008, the notoriously outrageous Leachman set the record for being the oldest contestant to compete on “Dancing with the Stars,” at the age of 82. She later showed off her flamboyant ballroom skills at a party toasting the Starz series, “American Gods,” last spring.
A partygoer told Page Six at the time, “She was one of the last to leave and joked on the way out she was going to another bar.”
People were ditching their own VIP tables to go hang out with her. She was bumping and grinding with her guests.
Mrs. Leachman received her star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in 1980.
She is survived by four children, Leachman’s marriage to producer George Englund ended in 1979 after 26 years together.
Hollywood Pays Tribute To Cloris Leachman:
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. She is irreplaceable, and will be greatly missed.
— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) January 27, 2021
I saw THE LAST PICTURE SHOW when it came out in 1971. I was 14. In no way was I prepared for the unfathomable, inconsolable loneliness of Cloris Leachman’s Ruth Popper. One of those great performances that takes a year or two off a viewer’s life. RIP to a legend. pic.twitter.com/HS6xkr96jQ
— Ty Burr (@tyburr) January 27, 2021
I had the honor of working with Cloris Leachman on one of her very last films, “High Holiday.” She truly is a comic genius. It was really hard not to laugh when she was in a scene, because she was always coming up with new outrageous bits. #ripclorisleachman ?? pic.twitter.com/HTgA16bDuX
— Jennifer Tilly (@JenniferTilly) January 28, 2021
Every morning, Cloris refused to work on BEERFEST, unless I kissed her in front of the crew. I obliged. The kisses were short for the first few weeks, but by the last day, it was twenty seconds with tongue. Glorious. We were lucky to have known her. pic.twitter.com/cIefX037OJ
— Jay Chandrasekhar (@jaychandrasekha) January 28, 2021