Cloris Leachman (with Ralph Meeker) in Kiss Me Deadly

 

Cloris Leachman (1926 - )

Miss Illinois 1946 (runner-up for Miss America)

Film Deaths[edit | edit source]

  • Kiss Me Deadly (1955) [Christina Bailey]: Tortured to death by thugs; we only see her legs kicking, then dangling limply off the edge of the table. Afterwards, her body is put in a car with the unconscious Ralph Meeker, and pushed over an embankment to make it look like an accident. Her body is shown again much later in the movie when Ralph visits the morgue.
  • Haunts of the Very Rich (1972) [Ellen Blunt]: Dies from a reaction to a rabies shot after being bitten by a dog, shortly before the movie begins; the rest of the movie takes place in the afterlife. (Thanks to Amy)
  • High Anxiety (1977) [Nurse Charlotte Diesel]: Falls out of a tower when she attacks Mel Brooks and he ducks out of the way; we see her falling towards the ground in a parody of Jean Corbett's fall from Vertigo. (Played for comic effect) (Thanks to Garr)
  • Hansel and Gretel (1987) [Griszelda the Witch]: Dies in an oven after being dipped in a batter after Nicola Stapleton uses Cloris' scepter to save her brother Hugh Pollard
  • Alex & Emma (2003) [Grandmother]: Dies of a heart attack (collapsing out of her wheelchair) in the story-within-the-story sequences. (Thanks to Hamish)
  • Lake Placid 2 (2007) [Sadie Bickerman]: Eaten by a crocodile.
  • Bad Santa 2 (2016) [Granny]: Cloris doesn't actually appear in this film, but Brett Kelly tells Billy Bob Thornton she passed away between films.
  • The Comedian (2016) [May Conner]: Dies of a heart attack.

TV Deaths[edit | edit source]

  • The Facts of Life: Seven Little Indians (1987) [Beverly Anne Stickle]: Killed/poisoned by Lisa Whelchel in a dream-sequence episode parodying The Twilight Zone. We just see her eating then begin choking to death. We're first lead to think it's her own dream (as she wakes up), then it turns out to be Kim Fields' within it. (Played for comic effect.) (Thanks to PortsGuy)
  • Twice in a Lifetime: Grandma's Shoes (2000) [Ruth Harper]: Dies of old age/natural causes; her spirit is given a chance to go back in time and undo the death of her brother (Aaron Ashmore) many years before.
  • Adventure Time with Jake & Finn: Jake the Dog (2012) [Old Marceline]: Dies after dissolving into a skeleton in toxic waste while talking to Finn (voiced by Jeremy Shada).

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