Inside Cloris Leachman and Betty White’s Tight-Knit Friendship

by Madison Miller
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On January 27, Cloris Leachman passed away at her home at the age of 94. Her son, Morgan Englund, confirmed her death but did not share a cause.

Leachman was an Acadamy-Award winning actress for her portrayal of a housewife in “The Last Picture Show.” She was also most known for her roles in humourous shows like “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Malcolm in the Middle.”

Cloris Leachman also has won more Primetime Emmy Awards than any other actress. She has a total of eight.

She was an iconic Hollywood figure with more than seven decades spent making viewers laugh. Leachman had never slowed down. She took several roles in the last few years in titles like “Not to Forget,” “High Holiday,” “The Croods: A New Age,” “American Gods,” and “Jump, Darling.”

On “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” she played Phyllis Lindstrom. In this role, she was alongside other cast members like Betty White.

The two had grown close during their time together on the show. In fact, their closeness even translated over to social media. In April 2016, Leachman took to Twitter to wish herself a happy birthday and poke fun at her friend.

Defining the Relationship

Betty White and Cloris Leachman certainly saw a lot of each other.

While starring in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” together as well as playing rival grandmas in “You Again,” the two were an iconic pairing for Hollywood.

While the two were close on camera, their relationship was more like close co-workers rather than hardcore BFFs.

According to Des Moines Register, Leachman talked about her relationship with White.

“I hear from people all the time who think we hang out and talk and go places together, I don’t know why. We work together and then we go our own separate ways. My family is who I spend my off-time with,” she said.

At the same time, however, the two had a lot of mutual respect for one another. This is likely because the two had both been in the industry for so long so they both just really understood each other.

“I remember when (Betty) was roasted (on Comedy Central) I sat across from her and every time someone said something we looked at each other and just laughed. We know what it’s like to be a woman and work in Hollywood, we’ve been doing it for so long, so I guess that’s why everyone puts us together,” Leachman said.

So while they may not have been super close outside of the studio, they did both understand what it was like to grow up as a woman in Hollywood. The two spent a lot of time together and when they did they were often smiling and hugging.

H/T: Nicki Swift

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