It’s with a heavy heart that I report Cloris Leachman has died.
The Emmy and Oscar-winning actress passed away in her sleep of natural causes at her Encinitas, California, home on Wednesday (January 27).
Cloris has appeared in over 100 films and television shows.
I came to know and love her on “The Fact of Life,” but she also had roles on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Phyllis,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “American Gods,” and more.
Cloris Leachman’s longtime manager, Juliet Green, told ET in a statement:
It’s been my privilege to work with Cloris Leachman, one of the most fearless actresses of our time. There was no one like Cloris. With a single look, she had the ability to break your heart or make you laugh ’till the tears ran down your face. You never knew what Cloris was going to say or do and that unpredictable quality was part of her unparalleled magic.
She loved her children and her grandchildren ferociously. A lifelong vegetarian, she was a passionate advocate for animal rights. The family requests that any donations in her name be made to PETA or Last Chance for Animals.
My sincerest condolences to the Leachman family and all who knew and loved Cloris.
Rest In Peace.