30 Jan Cloris Leachman Passes Away at the Age of 94
Leaving with ‘A Lot of Love’
Leachman passed away in the comfort of her own home of natural causes with the company of her daughter by her side. Her son stated that she was at peace in her final moments.
“She had the best life beginning to end that you could wish for someone,” he stated. “She left everyone with a lot of love.”
Other notable roles of hers include “The Twilight Zone,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “Yesterday,” “Raising Hope,” and “WUSA.” She also made appearances as a voice actor on “Bob’s Burgers” and “The Croods.” She had an incredible career for over seven decades and made history for her roles.
Leachman had incredible range and never disappointed. She started out as Miss Chicago in the Miss America Pageant and was never afraid of how she looked, especially in her acting roles.
“Basically I don’t care how I look, ugly or beautiful. I don’t think that’s what beauty is. On a single day, any of us is ugly or beautiful,” she explained in an 1973 interview.
She won her first Emmy for Best Leading Actress in the movie “A Brand New Life” in 1973. In 2011, Leachman was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Hall of Fame.
Leachman added to her Emmy’s collection for her work in “Cher” in 1975 for best supporting actress in a variety or musical. In 1984 her performance in the “Screen Actors Guild 50th Anniversary Celebration” was awarded, as well as her guest role in “Promised Land” in 1988.
More recently she was noted for her guest appearances in “Malcolm in the Middle” as “hilariously scheming grandmother” according to NBC. Leachman also performed on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” on the 2008-09 season, always dressed in a fabulous sparkly outfit. She was the oldest competitor in DWTS history, at the time.
An Icon Remembered
Leachman remained humble about her talent and success despite her multiple award-winning roles. She explained that she never expected to win when she attended award shows.
“I never has a speech because I never thought I was going to win. But if you are good at what you do – and I always intent to be good at what I do – then the acclaim is just the follow-through. But it is a wonderful feeling,” she stated in a 2015 interview.
“A picture from the last time I saw you. Always beautiful. Nothing I could say would top the enormity of my love for you. Until we meet again darling. #clorisleachmanrip”
She spent her career breaking casting stereotypes and norms. She was an iconic and remarkable actress who never failed to make someone laugh or cry. She is survived by her children and grandchildren.
Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the beloved Cloris Leachman.