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Beloved actress Cloris Leachman dies, aged 94

Beloved actress Cloris Leachman dies, aged 94
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Veteran actress Cloris Leachman dies at the age of 94 due to natural causes.

Cloris Leachman has died of natural causes at the age of 94, it has been announced.

The actress, whose career in Hollywood started in the 1940s, is the joint most-decorated star in Emmy history, winning eight times from a record 22 nominations.

Leachman is also an Oscar and BAFTA winner for her supporting turn in The Last Picture Show, while her long list of TV comedy credits includes The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Phyllis, Cher and Malcolm in the Middle.

Speaking to TMZ, her son confirmed that she died peacefully at her home in California on Tuesday night with her daughter Dinah at her side.

In a statement, Leachman's agent Juliet Green said: "It's been my privilege to work with Cloris Leachman, one of the most fearless actresses of our time.

"There was no-one like Cloris. With a single look she had the ability to break your heart or make you laugh 'till the tears ran down your face.

"You never knew what Cloris was going to say or do and that unpredictable quality was part of her unparalleled magic."

Leachman continued to act well into her 90s, appearing in three films that were released in 2020.

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