Mel Brooks’ favorite actress, then unforgettable old lady from the cult series Malcolm with Bryan Cranston, the American actress died on January 27 of natural causes.
She was Ida’s face for almost six years. This crippled, cruel and tyrannical grandmother, chaining cigarettes in the cult series Malcolm. Although his role was most despicable, the public and the world of cinema today mourn his passing. Oscar winner in 1972 for her role in The last session by Peter Bogdanovich, Cloris Leachman passed away on Tuesday, January 27, at the age of 94.
According to her agent Juliet Green, she died of natural causes at her home in the coastal town of Encinitas, California. “I had the privilege of working with one of the most fearless actresses of our time. There was no one like Cloris. With one look, she had the ability to break your heart or make you laugh until tears flow“He told the magazine Variety .
From boards to the big screen
Born in 1926 in Des Moines (Iowa) in the United States, Cloris Leachman began her career in the theater. Landed a few years later in New York, to study comedy at the Actor’s Studio, she made her first appearance in 1947 with the film Carnegie Hall by Edgar G. Ulmer. If at this period the roles on television follow one another (she landed a permanent role in season 4 of Lassie from 1957), it is in the cinema that the actress receives her first major consecration. In 1972, she was awarded the Oscar and the BAFTA for best actress in a supporting role for the film. The last session.
Her career took off, and Cloris Leachman became Mel Brooks’ favorite actress. She notably plays in three of her greatest films, Frankenstein Junior in 1974, The Big Thrill in 1977, and The crazy story of the world in 1982. “Cloris was incredibly talented. She could make you laugh or cry in the blink of an eye. She will be sadly missed“, Wrote the director in a tribute on Twitter, calling her an actress”irreplaceable“.
In parallel, Cloris Leachman will also give the answer to actors of legends like Paul Newman in Butch Cassidy and the Kid or Audrey Hepburn. It was not until 2001 that she will intervene in season 2 of the series Malcolm, in full Malcolm in the Middle. With Ida, she will deliver a performance so comical that the writers will decide to give her more regular appearances. Thanks to this role, she was nominated for six consecutive years at the Primetime Emmy Awards, which she won twice, in 2002 and 2006.
Since his disappearance, the tributes of his stage partners have multiplied on social networks. Frankie Muniz, star actor of the series, posted several photos of herself under the caption “RIP grandma“. “She wasn’t afraid to try anything on a set. Not laughing and ruining the grips with her was always extremely difficult. She was also incredibly nice to everyone», He specifies.
For his part, Bryan Cranston was not afraid to call her a legend “… and grandmother”, In a post on Instagram. “ Cloris Leachman was Ida, Lou’s mother in Malcolm. Jane and I loved his superb talent and his fun spirit.The actor, known for his role in breaking Bad , deliciously compares it to “a slice of sweet potato pie“. An image he draws from one of the episodes of the series, during a food fight. Both tender and explosive.