Cloris Leachman
Actress
Cloris Leachman
Cloris Leachman is an American actress of stage, film and television. She has won eight Primetime Emmy Awards (more than any other performer) and one Daytime Emmy Award. She co-starred in the 1971 film The Last Picture Show for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Leachman's longest running role was the nosy, self-centered and manipulative landlady Phyllis Lindstrom on the 1970s TV series Mary Tyler Moore, and later on the spinoff series, Phyllis.
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Taking The Good, Taking The Bad: Charlotte Rae Shares The Facts of Her Life in New Book
Huffington Post - 6 months
You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who grew up in the 1980's who can't sing the famous theme song to TV's The Facts of Life. Of course, it wasn't just the show's catchy opening tune that won the affections of the American public for over ten years. Television audiences fell in love with the sitcom's four girls: Blair, Jo, Natalie, and Tootie. At the heart of the show was Charlotte Rae's iconic Edna Garrett, who ruled over the all-girls Eastland School (and beyond...) with a mix of common-sense advice and quick wit. The Facts of Life was not a hit when it initially debuted in 1979, but the Season Two premiere of the retooled series saw an immediate boom in ratings. By its third season, The Facts of Life had become the number one comedy and the number two overall program for NBC. For the first time, it even beat out its predecessor Diff'rent Strokes, the show that first introduced us to Mrs. Garrett. Facts went on to become one of the longest-running sitcoms of the 1980's, and R ...
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Newcomer Talitha Bateman Shines in "So B. It" Movie -- a Heartbreaking Story that Will Leave You Smiling
Huffington Post - 9 months
Talitha Bateman. Tuck that name away in your memory palace. The teenage actor gives a brave, eye-opening performance in So B. It, a poignantly sweet yet funny movie, a tale about love, loss, and reconnecting with what matters most in life -- family and being authentic. Bateman, who was 13 at the time of filming, is a dynamo, and her acting in one money shot when she falls apart bawling from the very depths of her soul will break anyone's hardened heart. So B. It, which is based on author Sarah Weeks' book, premieres at the LA Film Festival on June 7. It's directed by illustrious Stephen Gyllenhaal, and has a sterling veteran cast of performers including Alfre Woodard, John Heard and Cloris Leachman, as well as Jessica Collins, Jacinda Barrett and Dash Mihok. It's a great talent mix that was brought together by casting director Richard Hicks (Zero Dark Thirty, Gravity) to work on the type of "wonderful movie script that doesn't get made much anymore," suggests producer J. To ...
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Watch Old People Explain Why They Couldn't Care Less About Climate Change
The Huffington Post - 10 months
Why should young people care about climate change enough to vote? Because polls show that senior citizens, some of the nation's most active voters, aren't prioritizing one of our most pressing issues.  "I don't care," 89-year-old American actress Cloris Leachman jokes in a new Earth Day video. "I'll be dead by then." More...
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Eight Holiday TV Movies That Should Air in 2016
Huffington Post - about 1 year
When December's shopping and baking are done and it's time to relax over cookies and TV, we usually turn to feature films like Elf or A Christmas Carol. We might even look for I Love Lucy or Honeymooners Yuletide episodes or check out the newest holiday specials. But television has been producing its own seasonal movies, hundreds of them, ever since the small screen was actually small. They run the gamut from brilliant to awful, but even some of the trashiest can be as sweet and comforting as cocoa on the first chilly night of the year. The problem is that so many new films materialize each year while older ones tend to disappear quickly. And unlike movies released in theaters, too few resurface on DVD, Hulu or Netflix. So I'm starting next year's Christmas list early. Here are eight holiday TV movies, in no special order, that I've enjoyed in the past and hope to see once more. They're only the first to occur to me, so I'm likely to make additional requests in the future. And ...
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Sarasota Film Festival Announces Celebrities, Schedule
Herald Tribune - almost 2 years
Cloris Leachman, Rachel Weisz, Blythe Danner and Jane Seymour will make appearances at this year’s festival.
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Cloris Leachman on Queen Latifah, Monday Nov. 4 (VIDEO)
Monsters and Critics - over 3 years
Cloris Leachman on Queen Latifah, Monday Nov. 4
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18 Totally Random Things I Only Know Because I'm a Gen Xer
Huffington Post - over 3 years
About a week ago, I turned 40 ... I was telling a friend that I'd totally trade in my Gen X status for that of a 30-year-old hipster who wears black-rimmed glasses for statement, not vision, purposes. That way, I wouldn't have to admit that I spent most Saturday nights of my childhood hoping beyond hope that Charo would be the surprise guest on The Love Boat or that somehow, Shari and Lambchop would find themselves in an eerie episode of Fantasy Island where Shari was the puppet. (What, I'm the only one who wished for that story line? I think not.) No, I wouldn't know a ton of things about pop culture, big hair or bad TV had I not been a poster child for Generation X. Things like this: 1. I wouldn't recall the Facts of Life before Edna's Edibles burned down and Cloris Leachman took over. I'd say, "Who's Mrs. Garrett?" and "Tootie on roller-skates, really? I don't think so." 2. I wouldn't know what it would be like to get up to change the channel on the television set or how to a ...
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Our Dream 'Hey Arnold!' Cast In Real Life
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Nickelodeon nostalgia, anyone? From 1996 to 2004, kids got their kicks from Craig Bartlett's cartoon "Hey Arnold!" The show focused on the quietly cool fourth grader Arnold, his grandparents' city dwellings and Arnold's kooky classmates. "Hey Arnold!" covered a laundry list of adolescent issues -- relentless bullies, lovestruck crushes and a grueling search for adoptive parents. These relatable storylines struck a chord with audiences and cemented the show's cult status so much that a feature film, "Hey Arnold! The Movie," was released in June 2002. Sure, 20-somethings can catch their favorite football head as part of "The '90s Are All That" TeenNick lineup. But what if we took the show's influence a step further? In the spirit of a fellow forever missed "funnie" Nicktoon, we dreamed up the ultimate Hollywood cast to portray the P.S. 118 gang. 1. Arnold: Disney Channel veteran Sterling Knight is our pick for Arnold. Thanks to his roles in "Sonny With a Chance" and "17 Agai ...
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'Hot In Cleveland' Reunites Cast Of 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
For the first part of its two-part season finale, "Hot in Cleveland' staged a reunion for "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," bringing together all of the women from the cast. Of course, Betty White and Georgia Engel are already a part of the "Cleveland" cast, so they just had to reunite with Mary Tyler Moore, Valerie Harper and Cloris Leachman. In the world of "Cleveland," the women were part of a championship bowling league that split up 50 years ago. After that breakup, which got ugly, they lost touch with one another. There were, of course, plenty of nods to their old show, which aired from 1970 to 1977 on CBS Saturday nights. After everyone but Moore reunited, the women feared that she hadn't come. But then they saw her at the table already. "Looks like she made it after all!” Elka said. In talking about their bowing league, Harper's character said "We were the best there ever was." "Every Saturday night all eyes were on us," added Moore's character. Valerie Bertinelli said that work ...
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Mary & Rhoda, Back Together
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Mary & Rhoda are back together. Valerie Harper and Mary Tyler Moore will reunite on screen with fellow "Mary Tyler Moore" co-stars in the "Hot In Cleveland" season finale. In the 1-hour Season 4 finale, Elka (Betty White) and Mamie (Georgia Engel) reunite their bowling team -- their former "Mary Tyler Moore Show" co-stars Moore, Harper and Cloris Leachman -- and Joy (Jane Leeves), Victoria (Wendie Malick) and Melanie (Valerie Bertinelli) date a professor, director and surgeon. Other guest stars include George Hamilton and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. The "Hot In Cleveland" episode featuring the "Mary Tyler Moore" reunion filmed in the spring of 2013 after Harper announced her battle with terminal cancer. Since then, Harper's cancer is close to remission, her doctor said. There are rumors that Harper will compete on Season 17 of "Dancing With the Stars." The "Mary Tyler Moore" reunion on "Hot In Cleveland" airs Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 10 p.m. ET on TV Land.
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'Rhoda' Actress's Cancer Miracle
Forward - over 3 years
Actress Valerie Harper’s brain cancer is nearing remission, her physician said in an excerpt of a documentary that was shown on NBC’s “Today” show. “I’d say that we’re getting pretty close to remission,” neuro-oncologist Dr. Jeremy Rudnick said in a documentary that will air next month on the U.S. network. “It defies the odds,” he added, as Harper sat listening to the results of tests conducted in June. Harper, 74, won four Emmy Awards for her signature role of Rhoda Morgenstern on the hit 1970s sitcoms “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and spin-off “Rhoda.” The actress said in March that her diagnosis of leptomeningeal carcinomatosis - cancer in the membrane of her brain - meant she had as little as three months to live. In June, NBC announced that it was shooting a documentary about Harper and her treatment. Rudnick cautioned in the segment that resistance to treatment is all-but-assured, saying, “it’s not a matter of if, but of when.” The actress has received treatmen ...
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Ethan Fixell: Why Men Are Like Cows
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Once, after an especially rowdy night out, a former girlfriend of mine crawled into bed next to me much later than expected. Disrupting a blissful drift to a world filled with sugarplum fairies, she affectionately nuzzled my neck and told me how happy she was to have me around. I confirmed the same, after which she began patting "Little Ethan" slowly, eventually batting it gently as a kitten might play with a ball of yarn. Taking this as a cue, I attempted to reciprocate, but was met with a regretful sigh as my girlfriend grabbed my wrist: "I want to... trust me, I do... it's not just an excuse, but... I've been up since 6 a.m.." "It's cool," I lied. "Get some sleep." "Can we cuddle, at least?" "I have to use the bathroom," I only half-fibbed this time. Of course, my otherwise truthful statement concealed an undisclosed purpose: I got out of bed, closed the bathroom door behind me, and masturbated pitifully. Shortly after, I recounted this story to a close male ...
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Hulu.com: 'Cousin Oliver' Round-Up: 9 of TV's Inexplicably Added Children
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In The Brady Bunch's fifth and final season, all of the Brady kids were looking a little long in the tooth: Marcia had crow's feet, Greg was using a walker, and Cindy traded in her ruffled socks and Mary Janes for sensible support hose and orthopedic shoes. America was sickened to see a Brady over the age of 12. As a last-minute gambit to salvage the show, eight-year-old Cousin Oliver joined the family, and oh, the hijinks and hilarity that ensued. We're guessing the kid had some repressed issues: his parents ditched him with the Bradys while they went on an archeological dig in South America. In the course of his first day with the family, Oliver managed to ruin Jan's painting, cover Greg in ketchup, crack a terracotta pot, undo Carol's knitting, break a stack of dishes, and shatter a lamp. (Every scene with Cousin Oliver ended in the "wuh, wuh, wuh" sound effect.) Five episodes later, Oliver managed to kill the entire series (it was cancelled that season). However, th ...
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Exclusive: Kristin Chenoweth, Kristen Johnston, Cloris Leachman Head to Kirstie
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
Exclusive: Kristin Chenoweth, Kristen Johnston, Cloris Leachman Head to Kirstie Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2013 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 10:00 pm, Wednesday, June 19, 2013 On the show, which was initially titled Giant Baby, Alley plays Broadway star Madison Banks, whose life turns upside down when the son she gave up at birth (Eric Petersen) shows up and wants to reconnect. Seinfeld's Jason Alexander, Michael Richards to reunite on Kirstie Leachman (Raising Hope) will play Shirley Kluszewski, Madison's outspoken, hard-living, show business-hating mother who is estranged from her daughter. Add new fall shows to your Watchlist Johnston (The Exes) will play the other Madison Banks, a one-time aspiring actress who is now a broken-down waitress in a dive coffee shop.
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'Everyone's Free, Loose & Having A Good Time'
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Peace, love and happiness. That was the mantra during Memorial Day weekend for Topanga Canyon residents celebrating its annual Topanga Days Country Fair. "It's like going back to the 1960s," said Mimi Williams, managing coordinator for Topanga Days. "Everyone's free, loose and having a good time. " The 40th annual Topanga Days Country Fair continued Sunday on 12 acres atop Topanga Canyon overlooking the San Fernando Valley. It started out as a modest strawberry festival but evolved largest bohemian bash in Southern California and the longest running event of its kind in Los Angeles, Williams said. The three-day festival during Memorial Day weekend attracts an estimated 2,000 people a day from all over Los Angeles including Topanga's celebrity residents from Andy Dick to Emile Hirsch, Rick Schroeder, Viggo Mortensen and others. "I've been looking forward to this all year," said actress Missi Pyle, who volunteered for the fair. Aside from the live music, food and act ...
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“Mary Tyler Moore” Rewind: It’s wonderful, current, not funny
Salon.com - almost 4 years
“The Mary Tyler Moore Show" began airing in 1970, but its DNA is still all over TV. It is the progenitor of every comedy starring a woman, single, working or otherwise — “30 Rock’s” characterizations are closely modeled on “Mary Tyler Moore’s”; “Sex and the City” took “Mary Tyler Moore” story lines and made them explicit — but also every workplace sitcom, every friends-as-family sitcom, and every sitcom aimed squarely at adults. So most comedies. A book about its making is about to be released. It is all over most "best TV ever" lists. Because of "Mary Tyler Moore" costar Valerie Harper's illness, she has been making the talk show rounds with Tyler Moore, Cloris Leachman and Betty White. Hannah Horvath recently fell asleep watching reruns. It could not be more current, except for one thing — and this is some weapon’s grade sitcom sacrilege — it’s not that funny. Continue Reading...
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Book Review: Bob and Ray: Keener than Most Persons by David Pollock
Seattle Pi - almost 4 years
Book Review: Bob and Ray: Keener than Most Persons by David Pollock Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2013 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 6:18 am, Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Many of their parodies played with broadcasting itself, mocking sports announcers, man on the street interviews, soap operas, and commercials. Drawing from interviews with Elliott and Goulding's widow, Liz, along with many who knew the team or were inspired by them, Pollack successfully traces a story that involves a plethora of radio series on different networks in various formats, their many performances on television, a handful of movie roles, and their hit Broadway show, Bob and Ray-The Two and Only. Along the way, Pollack shares the origins of the team's best-known bits such as "Mary Backstayge, Noble Housewife," "Mr. Trace, Keener than Most Persons," and the inter ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Cloris Leachman
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 87
    On June 20, 2014, Leachman received an honorary degree from her alma mater, Northwestern University.
    More Details Hide Details Leachman appeared in three Mel Brooks' films, including Young Frankenstein (1974) in which the mere mention of the name of her character, Frau Blücher, elicits the loud neighing of horses, (This was an homage to a cinematic villain stereotype. Leachman told Brooks that Blücher was German for "glue", though it is not) High Anxiety (1977) as the demented villainess and psychiatric nurse Charlotte Diesel, and Madame Defarge in History of the World: Part I. In 1989, Leachman starred on Brooks' short-lived NBC sitcom The Nutt House in dual roles as head hotel housekeeper Mrs. Frick (a variation of the Frau Blücher character) and Mrs. Nutt, the senile owner of the hotel (who was only featured in the two-part pilot).
  • 2013
    Age 86
    She starred in a comedic 2013 spay and neuter ad for PETA, opening a condom wrapper with her teeth.
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  • 2012
    Age 85
    Leachman called herself an agnostic in an interview with Grandparents magazine. In 2012, she said she was an atheist.
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  • 2011
    Age 84
    Leachman was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, she was ranked #23 on the TV Guide Network special Funniest Women on TV.
  • 2010
    Age 83
    From 2010 to 2014, she starred as Maw Maw on the Fox sitcom Raising Hope.
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  • 2009
    Age 82
    Her autobiography Cloris: My Autobiography was published in March 2009.
    More Details Hide Details She wrote the bestselling book with Englund, her former husband. Leachman's granddaughter, Anabel Englund, is a singer. In addition to Anabel, Leachman has five other grandchildren — Portia, Skye, Arielle, Jackson, and Hallelujah — and one great-grandson, Braden.
    A vegetarian, she also posed clad only in lettuce for a 2009 PETA advertisement.
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  • 2007
    Age 80
    She auditioned to revive her role from Young Frankenstein in the 2007 Broadway production opposite Megan Mullally (who replaced Kristin Chenoweth) and Roger Bart.
    More Details Hide Details However, Andrea Martin was cast instead. Brooks was quoted as saying that Leachman, at 81, was too old for the role. "We don't want her to die on stage," he told columnist Army Archerd, a statement to which Leachman took umbrage. However, due to Leachman's success on Dancing with the Stars, Brooks reportedly asked her to reprise her role as Frau Blücher in the Broadway production of Young Frankenstein after the departure of Beth Leavel, who had succeeded Martin. The Broadway production closed before this could happen. Leachman was a contestant on the seventh season of Dancing with the Stars, paired with Corky Ballas, the oldest of the professionals and father of two-time champion Mark Ballas. Leachman is the oldest person to compete on the show to date.
  • 2006
    Age 79
    On May 14, 2006, she was awarded an honorary doctorate in fine arts from Drake University.
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    In 2006, Leachman's performance alongside Sir Ben Kingsley and Annette Bening in the HBO special Mrs. Harris earned her an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie as well as a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries.
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  • 2005
    Age 78
    In 2005, she guest starred as Charlie Harper's neighbor Norma in an episode (#3.9, "Madame and Her Special Friend") of Two and a Half Men.
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  • 1998
    Age 71
    Dubbed by Disney in 1998, Leachman's performance in this film received nearly unanimous praise.
    More Details Hide Details Leachman played embittered, greedy, Slavic Canadian "Grandma Ida" on the Fox sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, for which she won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (in 2002 and 2006). She was nominated for playing the character for six consecutive years. Later television credits include the successful Lifetime Television miniseries Beach Girls with Rob Lowe and Julia Ormond. Leachman was nominated for a SAG Award for her role as the wine-soaked former jazz singer and grandmother Evelyn in the Sony feature Spanglish opposite Adam Sandler and Téa Leoni. She had replaced an ailing Anne Bancroft in the role. The film reunited her with the Mary Tyler Moore Show writer, producer, and director James L. Brooks. That same year, she appeared with Sandler again in the remake of The Longest Yard. She also appeared in the Kurt Russell comedy Sky High as a school nurse with X-ray vision.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1986
    Age 59
    She has voice-acted in numerous animated films, including My Little Pony: The Movie (as the evil witch mother from the Volcano of Gloom), A Troll in Central Park (as Queen Gnorga), The Iron Giant, Gen¹³, and most notably as the voice of the cantankerous sky pirate Dola in Hayao Miyazaki's 1986 feature Castle in the Sky.
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    In 1986, she returned to television, replacing Charlotte Rae's character Edna Garrett as the den mother on The Facts of Life.
    More Details Hide Details Leachman's role as Edna's sister, Beverly Ann Stickle, could not save the long-running series, and it was canceled two years later.
  • 1978
    Age 51
    In 1978, she won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago theater.
    More Details Hide Details In 1987, she hosted the VHS releases of Schoolhouse Rock! and portrayed the evil witch Griselda for Disney's Cannon Tales production of Hansel and Gretel.
  • 1977
    Age 50
    In 1977, Leachman guest starred on The Muppet Show, episode 2.24.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1970
    Age 43
    In late 1970, Leachman starred in one episode of That Girl as Don Hollinger's sister, Sandy.
    More Details Hide Details Leachman won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Last Picture Show (1971), based on the bestselling book by Larry McMurtry. She played the high school gym teacher's neglected wife, with whom Timothy Bottoms' character has an affair. Director Peter Bogdanovich had predicted during production that she would win an Academy Award for her performance. The part was originally offered to Ellen Burstyn, but Burstyn wanted another role in the film. Leachman has also won a record-setting eight Primetime and one Daytime Emmy Awards and has been nominated more than 20 times, most notably for playing Phyllis Lindstrom on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Lindstrom was a recurring character on the program for five years and was subsequently featured in a spinoff series, Phyllis (1975–1977), for which Leachman won a Golden Globe Award. The series ran for two seasons. Its cancellation was partly due to the deaths of three regular or recurring cast members during its brief run: Barbara Colby, Judith Lowry, and Burt Mustin.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1966
    Age 39
    In 1966, she guest starred on Perry Mason as Gloria Shine in "The Case of the Crafty Kidnapper".
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  • 1960
    Age 33
    In 1960, she played Marilyn Parker, the roommate of Janice Rule's character, Elena Nardos, in the Checkmate episode "The Mask of Vengeance".
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  • 1959
    Age 32
    She was replaced by June Lockhart in 1959.
    More Details Hide Details That year, she appeared in an episode of One Step Beyond titled "The Dark Room", in which she portrayed an American photographer living in Paris.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1955
    Age 28
    She made her feature film debut as an extra in Carnegie Hall (1947), but had her first real role in Robert Aldrich's film noir classic Kiss Me Deadly, released in 1955.
    More Details Hide Details Leachman was several months pregnant during the filming, and appears in one scene running down a darkened highway wearing only a trench coat. A year later, she appeared opposite Paul Newman and Lee Marvin in The Rack (1956). She appeared with Newman again in a brief role as a prostitute in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). She continued to work mainly in television, with appearances in Rawhide and in the Twilight Zone episode "It's a Good Life". During this period, Leachman appeared opposite John Forsythe on the popular anthology Alfred Hitchcock Presents in an episode titled "Premonition". She later appeared as Ruth Martin, Timmy Martin's adoptive mother, in the last half of season four (1957) of Lassie. Jon Provost, who played Timmy, said, "Cloris did not feel particularly challenged by the role. Basically, when she realized that all she'd be doing was baking cookies, she wanted out."
  • 1953
    Age 26
    From 1953 to 1979, Leachman was married to Hollywood impresario George Englund.
    More Details Hide Details Her former mother-in-law was character actress Mabel Albertson, best known for playing Samantha Stevens' mother-in-law on Bewitched. The marriage produced five children, four sons and one daughter: Bryan (died 1986), Morgan, Adam, Dinah, and George. Some of them are in show business. Her son Morgan played Dylan on Guiding Light throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. The Englunds were Bel Air neighbors of Judy Garland and Sid Luft, and of their children, Lorna and Joey Luft, during the early 1960s. Lorna Luft stated in her memoir Me and My Shadows: A Family Memoir that Leachman was "the kind of mom I'd only seen on TV". Knowing of the turmoil at the Garland home but never mentioning it, Leachman prepared meals for the children and made them feel welcome when they needed a place to stay. Leachman was also a friend of Marlon Brando, whom she met while studying under Elia Kazan in the 1950s. She introduced him to her husband, who became close to Brando as well, directing him in The Ugly American and writing a memoir about their friendship called Marlon Brando: The Way It's Never Been Done Before (2005).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1946
    Age 19
    She began appearing on television and in films shortly after competing in Miss America in 1946.
    More Details Hide Details After winning a scholarship in Miss America, Leachman studied acting in New York City at the Actors Studio with Elia Kazan. She was cast as a replacement for the role of Nellie Forbush during the original run of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific. A few years later, she appeared in the Broadway-bound production of William Inge's Come Back, Little Sheba, but she left the show before it reached Broadway when Katharine Hepburn asked her to co-star in a production of William Shakespeare's As You Like It. Leachman appeared in many live television broadcasts in the 1950s, including such programs as Suspense and Studio One.
    As Miss Chicago, Leachman competed in the 20th Miss America pageant and placed in the Top 16 in 1946.
    More Details Hide Details Leachman's longest-running role was the nosy, self-centered, and manipulative landlady Phyllis Lindstrom on the CBS sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 1970s. She later reprised the role on its spin-off series, Phyllis. She also appeared in three Mel Brooks films, including Young Frankenstein (1974), starred as Beverly Ann Stickle on the NBC sitcom The Facts of Life from 1986 to 1988, and appeared as Daisy May Moses in The Beverly Hillbillies (1993). In the 2000s, Leachman had a recurring role as Ida Gorski on the Fox sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, and appeared as a roaster in the Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget in 2008. Leachman was a contestant on the seventh season of the ABC reality competition series Dancing with the Stars in 2008, paired with Corky Ballas. She was 82 at the time and is the oldest contestant to have danced on the series.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1926
    Born
    Born on April 30, 1926.
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