Cloris Leachman, the Emmy- and Oscar-winning actress beloved by generations for endearing and comedic roles, died of natural causes on Tuesday in Encinitas, CA, according to her longtime manager Juliet Green. She was 94, APA reports citing Rolling Stones.
Leachman was perhaps best known for her role as Phyllis Lindstrom from The Mary Tyler Moore Show and her own subsequent sitcom Phyllis, but she also won an Oscar for her work in The Last Picture Show and had hilarious turns in the Mel Brooks movie Young Frankenstein, and on the TV shows Malcolm in the Middle and Raising Hope. She also appeared for Brooks as the evil Nurse Diesel in High Anxiety (1977) and as tavern owner Madame Defarge in History of the World: Part I (1987). Leachman was nominated 14 times for Emmys, winning nine awards and had the singular accomplishment of appearing on television in every decade from the 1940s to the 2010s.