Eight-time Emmy Award-winning Cloris Leachman, who died today at the age of 94, began her acting career after participating in the 1946 Miss America pageant.
Soon after, she began to invite debut TV series such as Ford Theater, Suspense, Actor’s Studio, and The Bob & Ray Show. She continued to work in television as the medium evolved and matured, with roles in classic series such as The Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke, Rawhide, The Untouchables, Route 66, Wagon Train, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, 77 Sunset Strip, and a recurring part over more than two dozen episodes of Kid.
Among her most famous roles were repeat offenders as Phyllis Lindstrom in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off 1975-77, Phyllis. She also played the famous Frau Blücher while snoring the cigar, playing the violin, overemphasizing and rioting in the classic Mel Brooks horror parody in 1974, Young Frankenstein. She reunited with Brooks to play Nurse Diesel in Alfred Hitchcock’s takeoff in 1977 Strong anxiety, and as French revolutionary Madame Defarge in the underrated 1981 dispatch History of the world, part one
Click on the photo above to launch a gallery of Leachman’s most famous works on the big and small screen.