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The Life and Work of Cloris Leachman

Posted 03/22/21 by Eric P

The actor Cloris Leachman, who died in January, enjoyed a distinguished seven-decade career that won her Emmys and an Oscar. She performed opposite Paul Newman, Ben Kingsley, and several Muppets. She was in The Facts of Life, Dancing with the Stars, and My Little Pony.  

So is it bad if, to me, she’ll always be Frau Blücher?  

In Mel Brooks’ meticulously shot and unapologetically lowbrow comedy classic Young Frankenstein, the grandson of Mary Shelley’s megalomaniacal monster-maker Dr. Frankenstein returns to his family’s foreboding property in Transylvania – good square footage, low-maintenance yard, outdated fixtures – and is greeted by the housekeeper, Leachman’s Frau Blücher. Wearing a bun as severe as her demeanor, Blücher emerges throughout the movie as a soother of beasts, a frightener of horses, a stealer of scenes. And lest the movie’s Gothic trappings and James Whale-esque lighting lead you to conclude that Frau Blücher is stuck in the past, just check out how she’s rocking that very 2021 center part. When Leachman passed, Brooks said “Every time I hear a horse whinny I will forever think of Cloris’ unforgettable Frau Blücher.”  

I mean, sure, being in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Last Picture Show is a big deal and everything. But me, I’ll always picture Cloris Leachman offering Gene Wilder Ovaltine.  

Here’s just a sampling of the Cloris Leachman movies and shows you can watch via the Library.

Cover of Kiss Me Deadly

Kiss Me Deadly

Cover of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Cover of The Mary Tyler Moore Show

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Cover of The Last Picture Show

The Last Picture Show

Cover of Daisy Miller

Daisy Miller

Cover of The Muppet Movie

The Muppet Movie

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Cover of Prancer

Prancer

Cover of My Little Pony: The Movie

My Little Pony: The Movie

Cover of New York, I Love You

New York, I Love You

Cover of Mel Brooks: Make a Noise

Mel Brooks: Make a Noise

Cover of The Croods

The Croods

Cover of The Wedding Ringer

The Wedding Ringer

Cover of Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Cover of The Iron Giant

The Iron Giant

Cover of The Comedian

The Comedian

Cover of I Can Only Imagine

I Can Only Imagine

Cover of Cloris

Cloris

Cover of Young Frankenstein: A Mel Brooks Book: The Story of the Making of the Film

Young Frankenstein: A Mel Brooks Book: The Story of the Making of the Film

Cover of The Women The Women
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Cover of So B. It So B. It
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