US ACTOR CLORIS Leachman, who won an Oscar for The Last Picture Show and Emmys for her comedic work in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and other TV series, has died aged 94.
Leachman died of natural causes at her home in Encinitas, California, publicist Monique Moss said. Her daughter was at her side.
Millions of viewers knew the actor as the self-absorbed neighbour Phyllis in The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
She also appeared as the mother of Timmy on the Lassie series.
She played a frontier prostitute in Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, a crime spree family member in Crazy Mama and the infamous Frau Bucher in Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein.
In 1989, she toured in Grandma Moses, a play in which she aged from 45 to 101.
Tributes have been pouring in – Adam Sandler echoed the sentiments of many people, calling her “one of the funniest of all time”.