Actress Cloris Leachman, with a decades-long career in film, television, and theatre, has passed away at the age of 94 due to natural causes.
Acclaimed actress Cloris Leachman throughout her long and abundant career, she appeared in many shows on Broadway, numerous acclaimed television shows, and over 40 films.
Leachman won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a record nine Emmy Awards out of a whopping 23 nominations, one of which being a Daytime Emmy Award. She is tied with Julia Louis-Dreyfus for the most Primetime Emmy Awards for acting, both in drama and comedy.
Leachman’s career began in the 1946 Miss America pageant, before studying at the Actors Studio under Elia Kazan, after which she moved into Broadway, appearing in plays and musicals such as South Pacific, King of Hearts, and Come Back, Little Sheba.
Her television stardom came for playing Phyllis Lindstrom on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, during which she starred in Peter Bogdanovich’s The Last Picture Show as the lonely housewife Ruth Popper and won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. She would later reprise Phyllis Lindstrom in her own spinoff, Phyllis.
Leachman continued to branch out in her career, appearing in films including, but not limited to Young Frankenstein with Mel Brooks and Spanglish, while also guest-starring in series like Malcolm in the Middle, Raising Hope, and The Office. She did voices for a myriad of animation such as Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, the English-language version of Ponyo, and The Simpsons.
Variety has announced that Leachman died of natural causes on Tuesday, January 26, in Encinitas, California, with her daughter Dinah by her side. She was 94 years old.