Beloved actress Clorie Leachman dies aged 94

Thursday, January 28
Ciarán Mather

Veteran actress Clorie Leachmen has passed away at the age of 94, her publicist has confirmed.

It has also been revealed that the late Ms. Leachmen died of natural causes. 

Leachman was best known for her work in comedy shows such as Malcolm in the Middle, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Ellen Show, as well as the original series of Lassie.

She was also a prolific film star that showcased both her abilities as both comedic and dramatic strengths, and won an Oscar for her role as in the 1971 drama film The Last Picture Show. 

Various celebrities and fans of her work took to Twitter to pay their respects, including Ellen DeGeneres, who said: 'Cloris Leachman played my mother on my second sitcom.' 

'I always considered myself lucky for having the chance to work with her. She will be missed.'

Filmmaker, comedian and self-proclaimed 'failed dairy farmer' Mel Brooks also paid tribute to the late Ms. Leachman, where he said: 'Such sad news—Cloris was insanely talented.' 

'She could make you laugh or cry at the drop of a hat. Always such a pleasure to have on set. '

He also made reference to the fact that she starred in his 1974 parody film Young Frankenstein: 'Every time I hear a horse whinny I will forever think of Cloris’ unforgettable Frau Blücher. She is irreplaceable, and will be greatly missed.'

Ed Asner, Cloris' long-time friend and the actor best known as the grumpy Carl Fredrickson in Pixar's 2009 film Up, also chimed in by saying: 'Always beautiful.  Nothing I could say would top the enormity of my love for you. Until we meet again darling. #clorisleachmanrip.'

Asner and Leachman first met while working on the Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 1970s and stayed good friends ever since.

Following her death, Ms. Leachman, who was a life-long vegetarian, requested that any donations in her name be made to the groups PETA and Last Chance for Animals.

Cloris Leachman is survived by her three sons and her daughter.

Leachman's last film role is in the upcoming drama film Not To Forget, while her voice can also be heard in the upcoming animated-comedy film The Croods 2: A New Age, where she plays the character Gran.