Comedy legend Cloris Leachman died earlier this week at age 94. The Academy Award and Emmy winner (nine Emmys total!) gave the world so many memorable performances, in comedies and dramas, but she might be known best as Phyllis Lindstrom, the self-obsessed landlady in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”
Leachman was so popular in the role, she helmed her own spinoff “Phyllis” for two seasons. The theme song just might be one of the funniest and most apt for any sitcom ever.
Give it a listen:
And while you’re here, enjoy the final episode of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in which Lou (Ed Asner) brings back Phyllis and Rhoda (Valerie Harper) to console Mary.
The fun starts at about the 10:55 mark.
Leachman gave Phyllis such a delicious edge.
We can’t just leave any Cloris Leachman appreciation post without mentioning her uproarious turn as Frau Blucher (horses whinny) in “Young Frankenstein.”
A person who can give so much joy to the world has truly led a great life.
That was Cloris Leachman.