Cloris Leachman, Actress and Comedienne, Has Passed Away

January 28, 2021 · CLASSMATES FUN

Cloris Leachman died on Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 at the age of 94. Her career spanned over seven decades, and she was the most nominated and most awarded actress in Emmy history, winning eight awards out of 22 nominations. She also won an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, and a Golden Globe Award.

Leachman was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1926, the eldest of three daughters. Her father worked at their family-owned business Leachman Lumber Company.

After graduating from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1944, she enrolled at Northwestern University’s School of Education in Evanston, Illinois.

Leachman appeared as Miss Illinois in the 1946 Miss American Pageant, where she won a scholarship. Shortly after, she jumpstarted her acting career, studying at the Actor’s Studio in New York City and appearing in plays. Unfortunately, she didn’t make it to Broadway in those early theater productions. However, she began acting in television and films by the late 1940s and early 1950s and didn’t slow down until her death. Her last film is slated to be released sometime this year.

Although she has appeared in hundreds of movies and shows, some of her most-known work are her roles in three Mel Brooks films and his short-lived sitcom, as well as the Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spinoff series, and her Academy Award-winning performance in The Last Picture Show (1972).

She was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2011 and received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1980.

Leachman died of natural causes in her sleep and is survived by five children, several grandchildren, and one great-grandson.