Iconic Hollywood actress Cloris Leachman dies aged 94

Iconic Hollywood actress Cloris Leachman dies aged 94

Ellen DeGeneres and Reese Witherspoon used social media to pay tribute to the late comedy icon Cloris Leachman, who died of natural causes on Tuesday ( January 26) at the age of 94.

Cloris Leachman grew up on the outskirts of Des Moines, Iowa, where she was born in 1926.

Oscar- and Emmy-winner Cloris Leachman has died.

Leachman also had strong character parts, and good comedic timing. She was spun off of "Mary Tyler Moore" in her own sitcom, "Phyllis", that was flawed but hilarious and ran for one insane season.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals honored Leachman's activism, tweeting, "Animals have lost one of their most dedicated advocates, Cloris Leachman". She could make you laugh or cry at the drop of a hat.

"It's been my privilege to work with Cloris Leachman, one of the most fearless actresses of our time", Juliet Green said in a statement to Variety.

In 2008, she became the oldest contestant ever - and a fan favorite - on Dancing With the Stars and followed that up with an appearance on the reality show Celebrity Wife Swap. Throughout her career, Cloris Leachman proved that she could juggle drama, comedy, horror, and just about everything else with equal brilliance.

With new ambition, she went directly to NY, where she worked as an extra in a movie and understudied Nina Foch in the hit play John Loves Mary.

She would continue to appear in film and television through 2021, including a voice role in "The Croods: A New Age", one of this year's few theatrical box office hits. I always considered myself lucky for having the chance to work with her.

But then Leachman turns a third time, empathy all over her face as she realizes Sonny is a child who lacks her emotional intelligence. She's survived by three sons and a daughter. But Leachman's dramatic performance in Peter Bogdanovich's 1971 masterpiece "The Last Picture Show" not only earned her a supporting actress Oscar, it cemented her as one of the greatest actors of her generation.

Before making it big in Hollywood, Leachman had built an impressive resume in the world of theater, appearing in a number of Broadway productions, including "South Pacific" and "As You Like It".

They had five children together - Dinah, Morgan, Bryan, George Jr. and Adam - but the marriage finally fell apart by 1979.