Lily Tomlin remembers her late Beverly Hillbillies costar and ‘great scene partner’ Cloris Leachman: ‘She was the most extraordinary person’
The world lost Oscar winner and comedy icon Cloris Leachman on Wednesday, and one of her former costars is making sure to reminisce and pay tribute to her.
Grace And Frankie star Lily Tomlin stopped by The Talk on Thursday for a virtual chat, during which she took some time to remember Cloris.
Tomlin, 81, costarred with Leachman in the 1993 comedy film The Beverly Hillbillies, based on the television series of the same name.
Fond memories: Grace And Frankie star Lily Tomlin stopped by The Talk on Thursday for a virtual chat, during which she took some time to remember the late Cloris Leachman
‘She was the most extraordinary person,’ Tomlin said.
‘She would come into the makeup room every morning and just regale us with stories. Our mouths would be dropped open, half the time we’d be laughing out loud.
‘You just never knew what she was going to come up with,’ she continued.
The 9 To 5 actress went on to recall a specific scene from the comedy film, calling Cloris ‘a great scene partner.’
RIP: The world lost Oscar winner and comedy icon Cloris Leachman on Wednesday, at age 94; seen here in 2016
‘I was rescuing her from a hospital where she had shock treatments,’ Lily recollected, going on to described Cloris’s crazy electrified hair in the scene.
‘We’re running down the hall together, and somehow we got our bags mixed up. We absolutely improv-ed the whole thing. We had no idea it was going to happen, and we didn’t know it would stay in the movie.’
Tomlin went on to say she ‘was just crestfallen; when she heard the news of Leachman’s passing.
‘I felt she was going to live forever,’ she concluded.
Seen in the movie they costarred in: Tomlin (upper right) costarred with Leachman (lower right) in the 1993 comedy film The Beverly Hillbillies, based on the TV series of the same name
Cloris, an Oscar winner for 1971’s The Last Picture Show and multiple Emmy winner for her role of Phyllis on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, died at age 94 of natural causes earlier this week in Encinitas, California.
Another former costar took to social media on Wednesday to commemorate Cloris as well.
It was one other than the original Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter.
Decorated: Cloris, an Oscar winner and multiple Emmy winner, died of natural causes earlier this week in Encinitas; seen here in 1975
Leachman, of course, appeared on the pilot of Carter’s Wonder Woman series in 1975, as WW’s mother Queen Hippolyta.
‘Cloris Leachman was queen of the Amazons and a queen of industry, breaking barriers and inspiring women in film and TV for decades,’ Carter wrote, alongside a stock image of the pair from the time.
‘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. ❤️ ‘
Another former costar took to social media on Wednesday to commemorate Cloris as well: None other than the original Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter