Cloris Leachman, the versatile Oscar-winning actress whose career on stage, television and film spanned more than seven decades, has died at age 94, reports ABC News.
“It’s been my privilege to work with Cloris Leachman, one of the most fearless actresses of our time,” her longtime manager, Juliet Green, said in a statement. “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.”
Leachman, equally adept at comedy and drama, was perhaps best known for her TV roles on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its spinoff “Phyllis,” as well as “The Facts of Life,” “Malcolm in the Middle” and “Raising Hope.” She won eight Emmy Awards — tied for the most all-time with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She also won one Daytime Emmy Award.
On the big screen, she won the Academy Award for her role as a gym teacher’s neglected wife in 1971’s “The Last Picture Show.”
Green said Leachman died of natural causes in Encinitas, California.
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