Cloris Leachman

Active - 1955 - 2021  |   Born - Apr 30, 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa, United States  |   Died - Jan 26, 2021   |   Genres - Comedy, Drama, Children's/Family

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Cloris Leachman seems capable of playing any kind of role, and she has consistently demonstrated her versatility in films and on TV since the 1950s. On the big screen, she can be seen in such films as Kiss Me Deadly (1955), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), The Last Picture Show (1971), for which she won an Oscar; and Young Frankenstein (1974). On TV, she played the mother on Lassie from 1957-58, and Phyllis Lindstrom on both The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-77) and her own series, Phyllis (1975-77). She was a staple on many of the dramatic shows of the '50s, and a regular on Charlie Wild, Private Detective (1950-52), and The Facts of Life. Leachman has won three Emmy Awards and continues to make TV, stage, and film appearances, including a turn as Granny in the film version of The Beverly Hillbillies (1993) and supplying her voice for the animated Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996) and The Iron Giant (1999). In 1999, she could be seen heading the supporting cast in Wes Craven's Music of the Heart.

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  • After winning the title of Miss Chicago 1946, competed in the Miss America pageant.
  • Classmates at Northwestern University included Charlotte Rae and Paul Lynde.
  • Is the former mother-in-law of Sharon Stone, who was married to Leachman's son George Englund Jr.
  • Received six consecutive Emmy nods for her work on Malcolm in the Middle (and won in 2002 and 2006).
  • Was the grand marshal for the 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl Game.
  • Released her autobiography, Cloris, which she co-wrote with ex-husband George Englund, in 2009.
  • Is a vegetarian and posed in a cabbage dress for a PETA ad in 2009.