Popular American, Actress Cloris Leachman Is Dead

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FILe - In this Nov. 11, 2016 file photo, Cloris Leachman attends the premiere of "The Comedian" during the 2016 AFI Fest in Los Angeles. Leachman stars in the faith-based film “I Can Only Imagine” which has made over $22 million in just six days of release on a $7 million budget. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Cloris Leachman, a very popular American , has died.

She died at 94 of natural causes Encinitas, Califonia.

Oscar and multiple Emmy winner is best remembered as delightfully neurotic, Phyllis Lindstrom Mary Tyler Moore Show’ and her own subsequent sitcom, Variety.com reports.

Her longtime manager, Juliet Green said, “It’s been my privilege to work with Cloris Leachman, one of most fearless actresses of our time. There was no one like Cloris. With a single look, she had ability to break your heart or you laugh ’till the tears ran down your face. You never knew what Cloris was going to say or do and unpredictable quality was part of her unparalleled magic.”

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

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

Overnight success for the actress, however, came only after two decades of hard work in theatre, television and some films. Leachman was in her 40s when stardom finally hit.

Leachman’s pitch-perfect timing and effortlessness in comedy and her unadorned honesty in drama was the result of many years honing her craft and incorporated her own life experiences as a mother of five children.

Her open, all-American look took her through several decades in a wide variety of roles on Broadway and early television as well as more 40 movies, where she moved easily from leading roles to character parts.

The actress won a of eight primetime Emmys, both for drama and comedy, and one daytime Emmy.

Leachman was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2011.

“Cloris: My Autobiography” was published in 2009. She penned the bestseller with George Englund, whom she divorced in 1979.

Survivors include sons Adam, George Jr., Morgan, an actor; and a daughter, Dinah.

The requests any donations in her name be made to PETA or Last Chance for Animals.