Late actress Cloris Leachman was much more than Malcolm's grandmother

Cloris Leachman has died at 94
From Iowa to Hollywood
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Last Picture Show
Golden Globe for 'Phyllis'.
Cloris Leachman in 'Malcolm In The Middle'
An actress with great charisma
Cloris Leachman: nominated for 'Spanglish'
Cloris Leachman: 'Dancing with the stars'
She had five children
Stars remember Cloris Leachman
An actress like no other
Cloris Leachman has died at 94

She had a face that was recognizable for generations of cinema and TV audiences. Cloris Leachman was an actress talented enough to win an Oscar, play iconic roles in film and television and, as an octogenarian, to shine on a dance talent show. She died on January 27 at her home in Encinitas, California. This was her life.

From Iowa to Hollywood

Cloris Leachman was born in Desmoines (Iowa) in 1926. In 1947 she moved to New York and worked as a model. She trained at the legendary Actor's Studio, the academy where James Dean and Marlon Brando also played. Her teacher was Elia Kazan. After a short period in Broadway musicals, she soon entered the world of television.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Her first major role was in the television sitcom 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show,' a hit series of the 1970s. She was the protagonist's neighbor.

The Last Picture Show

In 1971 she had her breakthrough role in cinema with 'The Last Picture Show'. Under the direction of director Peter Bogdanovich, she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, a BAFTA, and a Golden Globe nomination (an award she just narrowly missed out on).

Golden Globe for 'Phyllis'.

Shortly after, Leachman did also receive the Golden Globe Award. It would be for her role as Phyllis Lindstrom in the series 'Phyllis.' The award recognized her great work as the Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical on television.

Cloris Leachman in 'Malcolm In The Middle'

After a handful of performances in film and television, she became the grandmother in the series 'Malcolm in the Middle' in the 2000s. The role earned her two Emmy awards.

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An actress with great charisma

Over the years, Cloris Leachman continued to be linked to television and film through minor roles. She did so without losing her characteristic touch of humor, as shown in this photo where she appears alongside the great Betty White.

Cloris Leachman: nominated for 'Spanglish'

In 2004 she joined the cast of 'Spanglish', a comedy starring Adam Sandler. Her performance in this film once again earned her a nomination for one of the big awards of the season, the Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Supporting Actress, although she did not win it.

Cloris Leachman: 'Dancing with the stars'

At the age of 82, Cloris Leachman impressed ABC's audience as she appeared in 'Dancing with the stars.' She didn't win its seventh edition, but she did get to an honorable seventh place.

(Picture: ABC)

She had five children

On a personal level, Cloris Leachman was married to George Englund and had five children. Her marriage to Englund ended in 1979 and she never remarried.

Stars remember Cloris Leachman

"It was a privilege to work with her," Cloris Leachman's representative Juliet Green said in an official statement. She called her "one of the bravest actresses of our time."

An actress like no other

"There was no one else like her. With just one look, Cloris had the ability to break your heart or make you laugh until the tears came to your eyes. You never knew what she was going to say or do and I think that was the unpredictable quality of her magic."

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