27 January 2021
Cloris Leachman, best known for her comedic work as the self-absorbed Phyllis Lindstrom on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970 – 1977), and in her own spin-off follow-on series, Phyllis (1975 – 1977), has died. She was 94.
She also appeared as the mother of Timmy on the Lassie series. She played a frontier prostitute in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and the infamous Frau Blücher in Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein (1974). She won an Oscar for her role in The Last Picture Show (1971).
Leachman died of natural causes at her home in Encinitas, California.