Cloris Leachman - funny woman extraordinaire has died. Bummer.
Oh, sure, we all loved the Mary Tyler Moore Show and while it's easy to defer to Rhoda or Sue Ann Nivens (with SueAnn it's always first name and last name!) as highlights of the show, I was a Phyllis guy. They lost a lot when she left the show. (And her solo show, Phyllis, SUCKED).
Of course, Cloris was so much more than Phyllis Lindstrom.
I mean - c'mon - look above. Frau Blücher. Her Young Frankenstein character portrayal was an instant classic. It is highly unlikely that could have happened had the part gone to anyone else. Leachman played it to perfection.
Ditto with Nurse Diesel in High Anxiety, though to be honest, I'm not sure that would have been as good if not playing off Harvey Korman.
I now feel the need to go back and watch the Last Picture Show, for which Cloris won an Oscar. Dith will be shocked (shocked! I tell ya!) that I haven't seen a Larry McMurtry film adaptation, but I haven't.
I did love the first season of Raising Hope, which was on a few years ago. Oddly enough, Leachman was the weakest link in that show. She was fine and all, but Martha Plimpton stole that show completely.
Still, on MTM, I think her confrontation with Sue Ann Nivens having an affair with Lars was still funnier than any time she played off Rhoda - which were great too. That there alone made me love her.
....and when Mel Brooks thinks you're one of the funniest people around, folks should take notice. Though I think they did.
Sorry to see Phyllis go. But 94 is good long life. And she made me laugh - and no doubt will do it again, when I watch her body of work.
Song by: the Angels