Veteran US performer Cloris Leachman, best known for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Facts of Life and Mel Brooks comedies, has died, aged 94.
She died in California of natural causes on Tuesday.
Her longtime manager Juliet Green said, “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 played landlady Phyllis Lindstrom on The Mary Tyler Moore Show from 1970 – 75, landing her a spin-off series Phyllis, and two Emmy Awards -she ties with Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the most awarded actress in Emmy history (8).
A versatile star she was skilled in both comedy and drama, with roles -many including telemovies- in A Brand New Life, The Migrants, Ladies of the Corridor, Backstairs at the White House, In Broad Daylight, Little Piece of Heaven, Fine Things, Deadly Intentions, The Oldest Living Graduate, Advice to the Lovelorn, Miss All American Beauty, Dixie, Mrs. R’s Daughter, Fade to Black, Between Love and Honor, Miracle Child, Double Double Toil and Trouble, Lassie, Gunsmoke, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Facts of Life, Malcolm in the Middle, The Ellen Show, The Simpsons, Touched by an Angel, Diagnosis Murder, Joan of Arcadia, Two and a Half Men, The Office, Phineas and Ferb, Hawthorne, and Raising Hope.
Film credits were many including The Last Picture Show, Texasville Daisy Miller, Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety, The History of the World Part I, Walk Like a Man, The Beverly Hillbillies, Bad Santa, Beavis and Butthead, Spanglish, The Longest Yard, Scary Movie 4, Beerfest, The Women, New York I Love You, The Fields, Gambit, The Home The Story of Bonnie and Clyde and Timberwolf.
Leachman was also a noted Broadway star, there were numerous TV Variety appearances and she was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2011.