Cloris Leachman, the Emmy and Oscar-winning actress whose career crossed more than seven decades, has died. She was 94.
The famed actress’ rep confirmed to ET that Leachman died in her sleep of natural causes at her Encinitas, California, home on Wednesday. Her daughter, Dinah Englund, was by her side.
“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,” her longtime manager Juliet Green told ET in a statement. “You never knew what Cloris was going to say or do and that unpredictable quality was part of her unparalleled magic.”
“She loved her children and her grandchildren ferociously. A lifelong vegetarian, she was a passionate advocate for animal rights,” the statement continues. “The family requests that any donations in her name be made to PETA or Last Chance for Animals.”
“I adore comedy,” the acting legend dished to ET during a 1982 interview. “I like to do it over and over again until I just get sick of it. If something is funny, oh do it again. Part of it is common experience. I have experienced everything that any woman could have experienced. There is nothing you can name that I have not experienced, that I can think of.”
Leachman is survived by her four children and six grandchildren.