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Cloris Leachman, the Oscar-winning actress with a profile television career who collected two of her record nine Emmys for playing the quirky Phyllis Lindstrom on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, died Wednesday at the age of 94. Leachman died of natural causes Wednesday in Encinitas, California, according to her manager, Juliet Green.
The Iowa native was known for her hilarious turns in the Mel Brooks-Gene Wilder classic Young Frankenstein (1974) and on the TV shows Malcolm in the Middle and Raising Hope. Leachman is perhaps best known for playing Mary Richards’ landlady Phyllis on the legendary CBS sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show and then on her own spinoff show in which her character moved from Minneapolis to San Francisco.
Following news of her passing, stars took to social media to pay tribute to the actress and “funny lady stole her way into our hearts.”
Mel Brooks remembered Leachman as an “insanely talented” actress who could “make you laugh or cry at the drop of a hat.”
Ed Asner shared a photo of himself with Leachman from the last time he saw her: “Nothing I could say would top the enormity of my love for you. Until we meet again darling,” he wrote.
“Salute to Cloris Leachman, who brought comedy’s mysteries to the big and small screen,” wrote Steve Martin on Twitter.
And Julia Louis-Dreyfus noted that her fellow Emmy record-holder’s “perfect performance as Frau Blucher had an enormous impact on my life.” Adding, “She was sublime.”
Read more tributes to Leachman below.
Such sad news—Cloris was insanely talented. She could make you laugh or cry at the drop of a hat. Always such a pleasure to have on set. Every time I hear a horse whinny I will forever think of Cloris’ unforgettable Frau Blücher. She is irreplaceable, and will be greatly missed.
— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) January 27, 2021
— Ed Asner (@TheOnlyEdAsner) January 27, 2021
Salute to Cloris Leachman, who brought comedy’s mysteries to the big and small screen.
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) January 27, 2021
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) January 28, 2021
A one-of-a-kind actor, she could do everything! She made anything she appeared in much better & her versatility was astonishing. Thank you for a lifetime of unforgettable performances. #ripClorisLeachman pic.twitter.com/NjCHaD3ojY
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) January 27, 2021
So sad over the loss of the brilliant Cloris Leachman. Beyond being an Academy award winner, her hilarious role in “Young Frankenstein,” and being “Phyllis,” I had the pleasure of being roasted by her on television. My deepest sympathies to her loved ones. pic.twitter.com/P2cUedaPlL
— bob saget (@bobsaget) January 27, 2021
Cloris Leachman played my mother on my second sitcom. I always considered myself lucky for having the chance to work with her. She will be missed.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 27, 2021
Cloris Leachman was a comedy legend. From a groundbreaking role on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" to the films of Mel Brooks and her Oscar-winning turn in Peter Bogdanovich's "The Last Picture Show," she never lost her ability to shock, delight and surprise us. She will be missed. pic.twitter.com/tcyfF1uzWj
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) January 27, 2021
So sad to hear that the brilliant Cloris Leachman has passed. She was a longtime supporter of LGBTQ equality and acceptance. Our hearts are with her loved ones. pic.twitter.com/0GJJ7inKU1
— GLAAD (@glaad) January 27, 2021
— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) January 27, 2021
— Sandra Bernhard (@SandraBernhard) January 27, 2021
RIP Cloris Leachman, a comic genius and a fine actress. Audiences cherished her, as Phyllis Lindstrom or Frau Blucher and so many more indelible characters. Her instincts were impeccable and she's irreplaceable. Bea Arthur and Madeline Kahn are welcoming her to comedy heaven pic.twitter.com/b8XGrWKyIE
— Paul Rudnick (@PaulRudnickNY) January 27, 2021
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Oscar-winning actress Cloris Leachman. She joined us back in 2009 sharing some of her favorite films including WATERLOO BRIDGE ('40) and THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD ('38). @THR remembers her here: https://t.co/ApPuY0PtlU pic.twitter.com/YymrfiIyQz
— TCM (@tcm) January 27, 2021
Very sad to find out we lost an absolute legend today, Cloris Leachman. I can’t squeeze into a tweet all the fun times I had with this woman and how much I loved her so I’ll just say she’ll be extremely missed. She was the definition of one of a kind. pic.twitter.com/xmOCTHYeBh
— Greg Garcia (@whoisgreggarcia) January 27, 2021
RIP Cloris Leachman. So fearless, so funny, so surprising. One of the all-time greats. Find "The Lars Affair" on YouTube and treat yourself. pic.twitter.com/vdQD6cFDU9
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) January 27, 2021
— Al Jean (@AlJean) January 27, 2021
Rest in peace to our beloved Maw Maw, Cloris Leachman. ❤ pic.twitter.com/QGXizE5IFu
— Raising Hope (@Raising_HopeTV) January 27, 2021
Working on BEERFEST with Cloris Leachman was the thrill of my life. Sharing the screen with the star of THE LAST PICTURE SHOW and YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN made me feel for the first time that I was a part of Hollywood history. RIP. 😢
— Paul Soter (@PaulSoter) January 27, 2021
Cloris Leachman had a razor sharp wit that I’ll always admire. Rest peacefully, love. 😢♥️ pic.twitter.com/phMdVUHorp
— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) January 27, 2021
As a guest star on The Muppet Show, Cloris Leachman kept the show going despite an invasion of pigs and in The Muppet Movie she opened the door to our standard rich and famous contract. A legend and a great friend. Cloris, we will never forget you.
— The Muppets (@TheMuppets) January 27, 2021
Rest in peace Cloris Leachman you will always inhabit my sense of humour. Thank you
— Peter Frampton (@peterframpton) January 27, 2021
RIP Cloris Leachman. Thank you for the laughs. 🙏🏻
— Lauren Holly (@LaurenHolly) January 27, 2021
RIP Cloris Leachman. She was so good in THE LAST PICTURE SHOW. Remember her throwing the coffee pot?
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) January 27, 2021
One of the great joys of my life – writing dialogue for Cloris Leachman. One of the funniest people to ever live. RIP. https://t.co/uvNUArH4MJ
— ben mekler (@benmekler) January 27, 2021
I’ve been lucky to work with some of the best artists in my 20+ year career. Cloris Leachman on “Joan of Arcadia was one of them. What a brilliant, fearless firecracker she was and will be remembered as. Fly safe now, dear Cloris. #RIPClorisLeachman pic.twitter.com/xl19Hanfmn
— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) January 27, 2021
RIP #ClorisLeachman I feel so honored to have had an opportunity to work with such an incredible talent.
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) January 27, 2021
The 1st time I met #ClorisLeachman was at a fundraiser. Without even saying hello, she came over to our table & started clearing our plates while we were mid bite. She took them & stacked them on a neighboring table. She did this until everything was gone, then walked away. RIP.
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (he/him/his) (@jessetyler) January 27, 2021
Clrois Leachman was a genius. She will be dearly missed. You should watch something she’s in tonight. You’ll be better off for it. RIP, Mawmaw. Hope you haunt me. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/8T6DTC5tFo
— Shannon Woodward (@shannonwoodward) January 27, 2021
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