Emmy and Oscar award winning actress, Cloris Leachman is dead. At the age of 94, Oscar nominee and multiple Emmy winner Cloris Leachman is gone.
“The most remembered actress for playing the role of a lonely housewife in “The Last Picture Show” and a comedic delight as the fearful Frau Blücher in “The Last Picture Show “Young Frankenstein” and self-absorbed neighbor Phyllis on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” died in her sleep of natural causes at her home in Encinitas, California.
Her publicist, Monique Moss said Leachman’s daughter was by her side. In the other hand, her former boss, Juliet Green, said there was no one like her.
Green said in a statement;
“It was my honor to work with one of the most fearless actors of our day, Cloris Leachman.
“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.”
During the mid-’70s, the daffy, self-absorbed Phyllis, a character she claimed was similar to her own persona, gave the actress two Emmys as a featured actress in a series and made a household name for Leachman.
In the early part of the decade, Leachman also won a supporting actress Oscar for a much different character, an embittered small-town housewife in the elegiac role of Peter Bogdanovich “The Last Picture Show”; she would later reprise the role in the film’s less successful sequel “Texasville.” Both films were based on the writings of Larry McMurtry.
Overnight success for the actress, however, came only after two decades of hard work in theater, television and some films. When stardom finally struck, Leachman was in her 40s.
Even though she started out in the Miss America Pageant as Miss Chicago, Leachman adopted unglamorous screen roles happily.