Oscar and Emmy-winning Actor Cloris Leachman Dies at 94

Beloved actress Cloris Leachman has died at the age of 94.

Leachman was best known for her performance as neighbor Phyllis on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” She won an Oscar in 1971 for her portrayal of a lonely housewife in “The Last Picture Show.”

Leachman died in her sleep of natural causes at her home in Encinitas, California, publicist Monique Moss said Wednesday. Her daughter was at her side, Moss said.

“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’s manager, Juliet Green said in a statement to Variety.

In 2008, she became the oldest contestant on “Dancing with the Stars,” at age 82.


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