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Cloris Leachman

Updated: Jan 19

Oscar-winning performance

Cloris Leachman was a versatile Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning actress known for roles in films including “The Last Picture Show” and “Young Frankenstein” as well as in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

TV success

While she was receiving acclaim for serious film acting, she was making audiences laugh on TV as Mary Tyler Moore’s (1936–2017) pushy friend and neighbor Phyllis Lindstrom on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” She won two of her eventual eight prime-time Emmy awards for her performances in the role. The character was popular enough with audiences that she starred in a spinoff series, “Phyllis,” which lasted two seasons before it was canceled in 1977.

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