Cloris Leachman Remembered: Ed Asner, Mel Brooks Recall The “Always Beautiful”, “Irreplaceable’ Actress As Hollywood Pays Tribute

Refresh for updates Cloris Leachman, whose performances in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Young Frankenstein, The Last Picture Show and The Croods endeared her to generations of fans, was remembered by her friends, colleagues and costars today, with Ed Asner – Lou Grant himself – tweeting, “Nothing I could say would top the enormity of my love for you.”

Leachman costarred opposite Asner in the classic Mary Tyler Moore Show sitcom, playing Mary’s high-strung neighbor Phyllis to Asner’s grump boss Lou. Asner posted a photograph from the last time he saw his castmate. (See the tweet, and others, below.)

Mel Brooks, who directed Leachman in the classics Young Frankenstein and High Anxiety, remembered Leachman as “insanely talented.”

“She could make you laugh or cry at the drop of a hat,” Brooks tweeted. “Always such a pleasure to have on set. Every time I hear a horse whinny I will forever think of Cloris’ unforgettable Frau Blücher. She is irreplaceable, and will be greatly missed.”

Other celebrities also paid tribute to the great actress. Deadline will update this post as additional remembrances arrive.


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