Sadly, it’s troublesome to report that Oscar-winner Cloris Leachman has died. While she was old enough at 94 to know that it wasn’t a huge surprise, it still hurts nonetheless.
She won an Oscar for her role in 1971’s The Last Picture Show and was widely known and loved for her roles on the TV series Phyllis & The Mary Tyler Moore Show and as Frau Blücher in Young Frankenstein 1974.
Leachman died in her sleep of natural causes at her home in Encinitas, California, publicist Monique Moss said Wednesday. Her daughter Dinah Englund was at her side, Moss said.
“Every time I hear a horse whinny I will forever think of Cloris’ unforgettable Frau Blücher,” Brooks tweeted, calling Leachman “insanely talented” and “irreplaceable.”
“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,” Juliet Green, her longtime manager, said in a statement.
She was a character actor for the ages. Her range was immeasurable. From playing Timmy’s mother on Lassie in 1957 to a prostitute in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969. Her prowess as a comedienne was beyond reproach. She appeared in The Love Boat, The Facts Of Life, The Nutt House, The Simpsons, Malcolm In The Middle television shows and so many more.
Over the years she won eight Emmy awards.
Besides Young Frankenstein, she had a genre output that included One Step Beyond (TV Series) 1959, Thriller (TV Series) 1960, The Twilight Zone (TV Series) 1961, Night Gallery (TV Series) 1972, The Sixth Sense (TV Series) 1972, Scary Movie 4 2006, Lake Placid 2 (TV Movie) 2007, and others.
Cloris Leachman was a constant in television and film, with nearly 300 credits to her name. There will never be another one quite like her. She could make you laugh, she could make you cry. She will be greatly missed.
Everyone at Horror Patch would like to offer our sincere condolences to Cloris Leachman’s family, friends, and fans at this time.