Following the recent death of the legendary "Mary Tyler Moore Show" actress Cloris Leachman, here is a reflection of her final reunion with her co-stars before she passed.
The iconic "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" actress Cloris Leachman recently passed away after a long successful career. Former Hollywood Reporter columnist Sue Cameron opened up about the show's unforgettable 2013 reunion and said:
"Everybody was near tears most of the time."
Cloris Leachman at the American Film Institute's 44th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to John Williams on June 9, 2016 | Photo: Getty Images
Narrating this story, Cameron shared that Leachman and her "Mary Tyler Moore" co-stars were asked to sit around a table while the team fixed up some things and reset the lights. She interestingly noted that none of them got up from the table.
As though a flip had been switched, they dropped the characters and started chattering like good old friends that had never departed from one another.
This reunion took place in 2013 when the show's cast, including Leachman, Valerie Harper, Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White, and Georgia Engel, met up for an episode of the TVLand sitcom "Hot In Cleveland."
Cameron described the eccentric Leachman as "exactly the same" as she was during those days when she was still starring in the iconic show. The former THR columnist said Leachman was funny and crazy alongside her equally colorful and amusing co-stars.
Leachman and her co-stars always shared a strong and ever-connected bond even through the decades.
According to Cameron, the co-stars were truly bonding with each other despite being apart since 1977, when the show ended. She also narrated a touching moment when the women convened backstage and had an emotional moment.
Years after that teachable moment that Cameron witnessed, Moore passed away at the age of 80. Leachman, who was 90 at the time, shared her grief for her friend's death with People via a statement. She shared:
"My heart goes out to her husband, Robert — he was never more than a touch away from her...she was— sweet, kind, so tender, so delicate."
The late Leachman described her friend and co-star as America's sweetheart. Their 2013 reunion was the last time that they ever saw. Leachman and her co-stars always shared a strong and ever-connected bond even through the decades.
In her statement, she admitted that she had a strange feeling that that would be the last time that she and her dear friend would ever get to see each other. Sadly, she was not wrong.
In 2017, months after Moore passed, Leachman was honored with PETA's Lifetime Achievement Award for her admirable longtime support of animal rights issues as well as becoming a vegetarian to support the cause.