US Comedy Legend Cloris Leachman dies at 94

Acclaimed American actor Cloris Leachman died on Wednesday at her home in California. She was 94 and she died of natural causes as per the reports. The actor had won eight Emmys for her work in ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ and other TV programs. She was also honored with the Academy Award for ‘The Last Picture show’.

Her manager Juliet Green said in a statement that it was a privilege working with Cloris, who was one of the fearless actresses of their time. She added that there was no one like her. She could break your heart or make you laugh with tears rolling down the face, with just one look. She was very unpredictable, which formed the basis of her unparalleled magic.

Cloris worked regularly in her 90’s. She had contested on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ at the age of 82 and also performed in the reboot of the comedy series ‘Mad About You’ in 2019. She also made two films in 2019 and 2020, which are yet to be released.

Brooks called her insanely talented. He wrote on Twitter that whenever he would hear a horse whinny, he would forever think of Cloris’ unforgettable Frau Blucher, by referring to her role in Young Frankenstein. 

She had won Emmy for playing a cranky Grandmother Ida on Malcolm in the Middle in 2002 and 2006. And for her roles in a drama like Promised Land in 1998, appearance in Cher’s Variety Show in 1975, performance in a Screen Actors Guild variety show in 1984, and for A Brand New Life, a TV movie, in 1973. She was also nominated 12 other times and did win a Daytime Emmy in 1972.  

Her work in movies was also very distinguished, highlighted by ‘The Last Picture Show’ in which she played the role of Ruth Popper, an emotionally crippled wife of a small-town football coach and who had affair with one of his players. She also won an Oscar for the same, as predicted by Peter Bogdanovich.

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