Young Frankenstein star Cloris Leachman dies at 94
Since her breakout work in the late ’60s and early ’70s, Cloris Leachman has held a special place in audiences’ hearts throughout her 70-year career but ComingSoon.net is saddened to report (via The Wrap) that the Oscar-winning star has passed away at the age of 94.
“It’s been my privilege to work with Cloris Leachman, one of the most fearless actresses of our time,” 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 made her feature film debut in Robert Aldrich’s 1955 film noire Kiss Me Deadly and would begin landing more key roles on the big screen just over a decade later with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, her Oscar-winning turn in 1971’s The Last Picture Show and her Golden Globe-nominated performances in 1973’s Charley and the Angel and Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein. She would also find her breakout work on the small screen around this time with her performances in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, on which she would win two of her eight Primetime Emmy awards and whose popularity also saw her character Phyllis receive a spin-off series and she would be nominated for an Emmy during its two-season run.
Her film work would carry on largely in the world of animation as she provided voice work for the English dub of Hayao Miyazaki’s Castle in the Sky and My Little Pony: The Movie in 1986 and supporting turns in The Iron Giant, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America and The Croods films, while also appearing on screen with roles in Sky High, Bad Santa, The Longest Yard, You Again and I Can Only Imagine. Leachman also returned to the world of television in the early 2000s with her Emmy-winning work on Malcolm in the Middle and Emmy-nominated Raising Hope, as well as guest appearances in everything from Phineas & Ferb to The Office to Girl Meets World, American Gods and many more.
Many of Leachman’s fans and former collaborators have taken to social media to mourn the loss of the acting icon, some of whom include: