Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Farewell, Cloris Leachman - Phyllis on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"

Oh man, we've lost another member of the brilliant cast of "The Mary Tyler Moore." The great comic actress Cloris Leachman died at age 94 today, according to Variety.

The daffy, self-absorbed Phyllis, a character she claimed was close to her own persona, brought the actress two Emmys as a featured actress in a series during the mid-’70s and made Leachman a household name.

Leachman also won a supporting actress Oscar in the early part of the decade for a far different character, an embittered small-town housewife in Peter Bogdanovich’s elegiac “The Last Picture Show”; she would later reprise the role in the film’s less successful sequel “Texasville.” Both films were based on the writings of Larry McMurtry.

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