Cloris Leachman Once Made an Important Admission about Her Big Family
Legendary actress Cloris Leachman sadly passed away in 2021 but she’s left a legacy for herself in her five children. In a past interview, the star opened up about what her family meant to her.
In 1974, Cloris Leachman, then-48, sat down for an interview with People magazine. In 1953, moments before she started shooting a live television drama, she had an epiphany about the man she would marry.
By the time the iconic actress had the interview with People, the couple had been together for around 21 years. Together they went on to have five children - four sons and one daughter.
Their relationship wasn’t always smooth as they had two major separations and a couple of minor ones. The Oscar Award-winning actress told the publication that they split every 10 years.
I had the honor of working with Cloris Leachman on one of her very last films, “High Holiday.” She truly is a comic genius. It was really hard not to laugh when she was in a scene, because she was always coming up with new outrageous bits. #ripclorisleachman ❤️ pic.twitter.com/HTgA16bDuX— Jennifer Tilly (@JenniferTilly) January 28, 2021
However, during that interview, Leachman also noted how she thought she and Englund were now back together for good. Her husband confessed to her that she’d worn him down and was now settled.
Speaking about marriage, the Emmy Award-winning star gave her own ideas about the union. She shared how she thought wives and husbands should live in separate houses.
Cloris Leachman was queen of the Amazons and a queen of industry, breaking barriers and inspiring women in film and TV for decades. She was a sweet TV mom and a riot to work with. I will miss you, along with the smiles and laughter you brought everywhere you went, Cloris. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/R7BiWNypkX— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) January 28, 2021
“The Mary Tyler Moore Show” actress also noted how the children should live in a third and separate house if they have enough money for it! Jokes aside, the star expressed what family meant to her saying:
"The family is the center of my existence. I put all my hopes and caringness and deepest feelings into it.”
All that amazing work would be plenty for most funny people. But Cloris Leachman had so many other funny moments in countless comedy vehicles. Young Frankenstein, for instance... pic.twitter.com/nKhchYfgdj— Pee-wee Herman (@peeweeherman) January 28, 2021
Leachman explained that choosing to have a family first before pursuing her acting work was something she didn’t resent. She shared how she’d chosen to have her children early in life.
Cloris Leachman’s survivors include sons Adam, George Jr., and Morgan, and her daughter, Dinah.
The star divorced Englund in 1979. Sadly, the couple lost one of her children, Bryan Englund, in 1986 after he was found dead in a room in a Manhattan YMCA with no signs of foul play discovered by the police.
Cloris Leachman. A true legend.— Adam Sandler (@AdamSandler) January 28, 2021
One of the funniest of all time.
And such a great lady. Loved her. Will be missed terribly. And such a good family. Sending love to all. RIP pic.twitter.com/whq2qfvxcg
However, they did find two bottles of ulcer medication in his room and his cause of death was said to be a drug overdose. The actress and Englund wrote “Cloris: My Autobiography” and it was published in 2009.
The legendary star sadly died at the age of 94 of natural causes on January 27, 2021, in her Encinitas, California home. Her survivors include sons Adam, George Jr., and Morgan, and her daughter, Dinah.