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Jan 27 2021
Cloris Leachman, TV Queen And Oscar Winner, Dead @ 94 Comments (0)

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I'm truly sad to learn of the death of Cloris Leachman on Tuesday at 94. I take heart from her son saying:

She had the best life, beginning to end, that you could wish for someone.

It's true that she had a mostly charmed life, and a wholly charmed career — one that would certainly earn her a spot as a film legend, one of the absolute icons of television and one of the most versatile and tireless actors of all time. And that's me reigning it in.


Full Cloris Leachman Obit HERE

What is so impressive about Leachman is certainly her range, which is behind her having so many iconic achievements on her résumé — which is strange in a way, because I feel like even people who grew up with her might not be fully aware of her whole story in the public eye.

Top 16 Miss America contestant (1946)

Very early TV debut (1948)

Broadway debut (1948)

Appeared in As You Like It opposite Katharine Hepburn on Broadway (1950)

Month-long Nellie Forbush replacement in the original production of South Pacific (1951)

Film noir classic Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

Three Alfred Hitchcock Presents appearances (1955, 1958 & 1962)

Timmy's mom on Lassie (1957-1958)

Appeared in the classic Twilight Zone episode “It's a Good Life” (1961) — and reprised it in 2003

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Mary Tyler Moore (1970-1977) and Phyllis (1975-1977)

Oscar for The Last Picture Show (1971)

Utterly eyebrow-raising interview in first-ever Playgirl issue (1973)

First Emmy (eight wins, one honor, one Daytime win, 22 nominations) for A Brand New Life (1973)

Young Frankenstein for Mel Brooks as Frau Blücher (1974)

Queen of the TV movies, such as A Girl Named Sooner (1975)

Queen Hippolyta on Wonder Woman (1975)

Emmy-winning performance on Cher (1975)

High Anxiety for Mel Brooks as Nurse Diesel (1977)

The North Avenue Irregulars Disney flick (1979)

The Muppet Movie (1979)

Voices in both My Little Pony: The Movie and Castle in the Sky (1986)

Replaced Charlotte Rae on The Facts of Life (1986-1988)

Voice on The Simpsons (1991)

Granny in the movie version of The Beverly Hillbillies (1993)

Two Emmys for Malcolm in the Middle (2001-2006)

Maw Maw on Raising Hope (2010-2014)

Mrs. Mandelbaum on Mad About You (2019)

In all, 287 acting credits listed on IMDb

They don't make them like her anymore — and probably only did it once. I would say she is easily in TV's Top 5 Actresses, along with Betty White, Carol Burnett, Mary Tyler Moore and Julia-Louis Dreyfus, and none of them had her sheer range.