Cloris Leachman, who won eight Emmy Awards covering six programs and 22 nominations, and also won an Oscar for Supporting Actress for The last photo show during a sterile career of seven decades, he died Tuesday of natural causes at his home in Encinitas, California. She was 94 years old.
Her manager confirmed the news.
Among her most famous roles were repeated as Phyllis Lindström in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and his spinoff 1975-77 Phyllis. She also played cigar playing, violin playing, over-accented and excited funny Frau Blucher in Mel Brooks’ classic 1974 horror. The young Frankenstein. She reunited with Brooks to play Sister Diesel in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1977 takeoff. Severe anxiety.
Most recently, she won an Emmy nomination for playing the overly modern Maw Maw in the Fox series Increasing hope and won two Emmys and four other nomes for her role as Grandma Ida in the 2000 network sitcom Malcolm in the middle, against Brian Cranston and Jane Kachmarek.
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She also scored an Emmy among four nominations for Mary Tyler Moore and lead actress nomination for Phyllis.
Born on April 30, 1926 in Des Moines, Island, Leachman began her career in show business after competing in the Miss America pageant in 1946 and began appearing in such early television series as Ford Theater, Suspens, Acting Studio and The Bob and Ray Show. She continued to work in television as the media evolved and matured, with roles in such classic series as Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke, Rawhide, The Untouchables, Route 66, Train Train, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, 77 Sunset Strip and a recurring part of more than two dozen episodes of Lassi.
She also began winning roles on Broadway in the postwar era. After several unlearned and small parts, she was chosen as a replacement for the lead role of Ens. Nelly Forbush in the original Main Stem performance of the classic musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein South Pacific. Leachman continued to appear on eight other Broadway shows in the 1950s, inclusive As you like, King of Hearts and Masquerade.
Until the early 1970s, Leachman focused on features and the emerging genre of television film. On the big screen, she plays Ruth Popper, the middle-aged single wife of a close gay high school football coach who begins a relationship with one of the players (Timothy Bothams) in Peter Bogdanovich. The last photo show. Her powerful role won an Oscar for Supporting Actress – one of eight nominations and two victories for the 1971 film, which also starred Jeff Bridges, Sybil Shepard, Ellen Burstin and Ben Johnson, who won the Academy Award for Supporting Actor.
Leachman continued to play the role of John Milius Dillinger (1973) and refitted with Bogdanovich and Pastir for Daisy Miller (1974). Later that year, Leachman nearly stole the show from an ensemble of scene thieves in Brooks’ crushing parody. The young Frankenstein.
Her character was admirably superb – as was the black-and-white film about Transylvania, which also starred Gene Hackman, Terry Garr, Marty Feldman and Madeleine Kahn. A repetitive gag in the gag-filled photo saw often unseen horses erupt nervously at the mere mention of her name. The film remains one of the most entertaining ever made.
Speaking of “the funniest, legal ever”, Leachman in the mid-70s continues to repeat The Mary Tyler Moore Show. During the first four seasons, he grabbed the Emmy-nominated Outstanding Comedy Series – twice losing to the Olin family and M * A * S * H - before winning the back-to-back category from 1975-77. In 1974, just before this remarkable run, CBS singled out Valerie Harper’s character Rhoda Morgenstern for the comedy Kind of.
Leachman appeared in the highly acclaimed wedding episode of Kind of in 1974, and the show finished in the top 10 of the first years among the prime time programs in the first two seasons – before Mary Tyler Moore. It follows Roda ‘With tremendous success, Eye Network singled out Leachman’s character for the 1975 series. Phyllis. The broadcast as a conclusion for Kind of on Monday night the new series was also an instant hit, actually pulling out a full season rating with over Kind of in 1975-76 But both series were overshadowed by NBC’s hit drama A small house on the prairie, who moved to Monday night this season. Phyllis wrapped in 1977, and Kind of disappeared a year later.
Leachman won an Emmy nomination for his first season Phyllis a year after winning hardware back to back for the role in Mary Tyler Moore.
She went on to earn film and television credits in the 1970s and 1980s before getting her second regular role as a replacement for longtime star Charlotte Ray in the hit NBC sitcom The facts of life. Leachman took on the role of a woman in 1986 for the last two of his nine seasons, playing Beverly Ann Sickle, the sister of Rae’s chattermaker Edna Garrett.
Leachman followed suit Nut’s house, a short-lived NBC sitcom created by Alan Spencer and Brooks, in which she plays a double role against another Severe anxiety alum Harvey Corman. The slap farce for a hotel that once fell in difficult times lasted only a few episodes.
A few seasons later, NBC paired Leachman with another popular star, Stacy Keach, for Walter and Emily, a multigenerational comedy that lasted one season in 1991-92. She also had a one-time voice role this season The Simpsons, and she had a short but memorable voice role in the 1996 film. Beavis and Butt-head Do America. She played an elderly woman who encountered the boys on the roads several times, relentlessly calling them “Travis and Bob.”
Leichman continued to work quickly in the 1990s – by then he was 60 and even 70 years old. She won another regular role as “The Excited Mother of Ellen DeGeneres at CBS.” Ellen’s show, which aired in 2001-02. Around the same time, she first appeared as Granny Ida in Fox Malcolm in the middle. The role will cover about a dozen episodes over several seasons, earning her a pair of guest actress Emmy and a total of six nominations.
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