Cloris Leachman is an American actress and comedian, whose career spans over seven decades. She has won various accolades, including eight Primetime Emmy Awards from 22 nominations, making her the most nominated and, along with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, most awarded actress in Emmy history.
Cloris Leachman is probably best known for playing "Phyllis Lindstrom" in the Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 1970s. She also appeared in several Mel Brooks films, notably 1974's Young Frankenstein and 1981's History of the World Part 1. She won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for 1971's The Last Picture Show. Cloris died on January 26, 2021 at the age of 94.
Over an extensive career that spanned more than six decades, at the time of her death Cloris held the record for most Emmy nominations received by an actress. Her 8 wins was a record for many years until Julia Louis-Dreyfus received her eighth and tying win.
Her portrayal of a lonely housewife in the 1971's drama The Last Picture Show fetched her critical praise and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. However, it was playing the nosy, self-centered and manipulative landlady, Phyllis Lindstrom, on the 1970s TV series Mary Tyler Moore, and later on her own spinoff series, Phyllis that made Cloris Leachman world famous.
After moving on from the Mary Tyler More Show and Phyllis, Leachman was featured in the last two seasons of The Facts of Life, and more recently on Fox's show Malcolm in the Middle (2000-2006) and Raising Hope (2010 – 2014).
She appeared on the seventh season of Dancing with the Stars, paired with Corky Ballas. At the time aged 82, she became the oldest contender on the show. In 2015, she also appeared on the hit reality series Celebrity Wife Swap, where she traded lives with actress, Pia Zadora. Back in her heyday, Cloris Leachman competed as Miss Chicago in the 20th Miss America pageant and placed in the Top 16.
Cloris Leachman was an American actress who had a net worth of $10 million at the time of her death.