Singer, Actress & Comic Legend Cloris Leachman Dies at 94. Leaving us with Tears of Laughter

Road Schooled by Joe Trey: AKA Adventure Hermit

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Wikipedia: Cloris Leachman in a publicity photo in July 1970

Cloris Leachman April 30, 1926 — January 26, 2021 (aged 94)

Today the world lost one of the great female comedians of the past several decades. Cloris Leachman was 94 years old. I eternally felt a slight personal connection to Ms. Leachman for three reasons. Mostly because we share the same birthday month, albeit 45 years apart. But, I've always imagined we'd laugh at the same jokes. If we were at a diner party, I could envision us sitting apart from the other guests. She'd whisper to me wicked secrets about each one of them as wine squirted out of our noses.

Before the age of 10, I remember watching her pretending to be drunk on the Mary Tyler Moore show and singing Opera with Link on The Muppet Show. She played it straight and sang beautifully — all the while surrounded by pigs dressed as Canadian (Bacon) Mounties. She was beautiful, dramatically talented, and so very funny.

In the movies, I remember seeing her in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. But it was her work with Mel Brook's that is burned into my memory.

Frau Blücher : I am Frau Blücher. [horses whinny]

Her Frau Blücher in Young Frankenstein and Madame Defarge in History of the World, Part I are comic gold. In Young Frankenstein Mel Brooks convinved peopel that Blücher, in German meant glue. Hence, every time her name was uttered the horses would react strongly. At 82, being the legendary actress set a record when at age 82, she appeared on Dancing with the Stars (2005).

“I was in love once. He was a hunter, I was a gatherer. It was quite the scandal. We fed each other berries, we danced. Then father bashed him on the head and traded me to your grandfather.” CLORIS LEACHMAN - Gran in The Croods

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In 2020 she starred in Jump, Darling, Where she takes in her rookie-drag queen grandson, played by Thomas Duplessie. Younger fans can enjoy seeing her reprise her role of Gran in The Croods, A new Age, with her impeccable comic timing and unmistakable voice.

We can all look forward to two films, High Holiday and Not to Forget, that is in post-production and scheduled to appear later in 2021.

Are Sandra Bullock and Cloris Leachman the Same Person?

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On another personal note, looking at the picture above. I couldn't help but do a little armchair casting. It's not hard to imagine Sandara Bullock playing an excellent tribute to Ms. Leachman in a future biopic. Fans can only hope. Ms. Bullock's people are free to call me for my ideas.

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The only surprise around her eight Primetime Emmy Awards is that she didn't win more. She was nominated 22 times. An accomplishment matched only by Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Additionally, she won an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Daytime Emmy Award.

Goodnight Frau Blücher. I mean Ms. Leachman. Thank you for the laughs! [Cue the Horses!]

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Joe Trey is the Adventure Hermit! A moniker fitting of his ambivert nature. Visions of rock stardom drove him to get a BFA in music from the University of Connecticut. Not long after, he abandoned his dreams of NYC and relocated to the Rocky Mountains! He has drunk the occasional "toe." When in Dawson, one might say. Don't ask. Or do! His work and love of travel have brought him nearly around the world. Writing, Hiking, Camping, Music, Motorcycles get him up and out each day. Hugging his wife and teenage daughters at night, bring him home! Not a tortoise, not a hare (but a bit hairy in all the wrong places), Joe only competes with himself. Through his writing and adventures, he encourages others to do the same!

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