37 Facts About Cloris Leachman


Cloris Leachman was an American actress and comedian whose career spanned nearly eight decades.

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Cloris Leachman's won many accolades, including eight Primetime Emmy Awards from 22 nominations, making her the most nominated and, along with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, most awarded performer in Emmy history.

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Cloris Leachman's won an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Daytime Emmy Award.

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Cloris Leachman's was part of Mel Brooks's ensemble cast, appearing in roles such as Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein and Madame Defarge in History of the World, Part I .

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Cloris Leachman won additional Emmys for her role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show; television film A Brand New Life ; the variety sketch show Cher ; the ABC Afterschool Special production The Woman Who Willed a Miracle ; and the television shows Promised Land and Malcolm in the Middle .

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Cloris Leachman released her autobiography in 2009, and continued to act in occasional roles until her death.

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Cloris Leachman's began appearing on television and in films shortly after competing in Miss America in 1946 as Miss Chicago.

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Cloris Leachman's had been cast as a replacement for the role of Nellie Forbush during the original run of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific.

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Cloris Leachman was slated to play the role of Abigail Williams in the original Broadway cast of Arthur Miller's seminal drama The Crucible.

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However, Cloris Leachman left the production the day before opening night in Wilmington, with Madeleine Sherwood assuming the role.

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Cloris Leachman's name was heavily publicized prior to the production's opening, and her name still appeared in the printed program; a sign appeared at the box office in Wilmington noting the change.

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Cloris Leachman appeared in many live television broadcasts in the 1950s, including such programs as Suspense and Studio One.

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Cloris Leachman's made her feature-film debut as an extra in Carnegie Hall, but her first real role was in Robert Aldrich's film noir Kiss Me Deadly, released in 1955.

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Cloris Leachman was several months pregnant during the filming, and appears in one scene running down a darkened highway wearing only a trench coat.

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Cloris Leachman's appeared with Newman again in a brief role in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid .

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Cloris Leachman's later appeared as Ruth Martin, Timmy Martin's adoptive mother, in the last half of season four of Lassie.

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In late 1970, Cloris Leachman starred in one episode of That Girl as Don Hollinger's sister, Sandy.

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Cloris Leachman played Phyllis Lindstrom on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

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Cloris Leachman's was a voice actor in numerous animated films, including My Little Pony: The Movie, A Troll in Central Park, 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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Cloris Leachman played embittered, greedy, Slavic Canadian "Grandma Ida" on the Fox sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series .

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Cloris Leachman's was nominated for playing the character for six consecutive years.

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Cloris 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 Tea Leoni.

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Cloris Leachman's appeared in the Kurt Russell comedy Sky High as a school nurse with X-ray vision.

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In 2008, Cloris 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.

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Cloris Leachman is the oldest person to have competed on the show to date.

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In 2009, Cloris Leachman played alongside Jack Black in the "Stress Relief" episode of Season 5 of The Office, where the two actors appeared as love interests in a fictional movie titled Mrs Albert Hannaday.

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Cloris Leachman won a record-setting eight Primetime and one Daytime Emmy Awards, in addition to having been nominated more than 20 times, including for her role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

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In May 2015, Cloris Leachman appeared as a special guest star on the Disney Channel's Girl Meets World in an episode entitled "Girl Meets Gravity" .

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Cloris Leachman played the role of Memaw in the film I Can Only Imagine, which is about the story behind the song of the same name by MercyMe.

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Cloris Leachman appears in the film Not To Forget in her final role.

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In 1989, Cloris Leachman starred on Brooks' short-lived NBC sitcom The Nutt House in dual roles as head hotel housekeeper Mrs Frick and Mrs Nutt, the senile owner of the hotel.

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Cloris Leachman's auditioned to revive her role from Young Frankenstein in the 2007 Broadway production opposite Megan Mullally and Roger Bart.

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Cloris Leachman's co-authored the bestselling book with her ex-husband George Englund.

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From 1953 to 1979, Cloris Leachman was married to Hollywood impresario George Englund.

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Cloris Leachman was a friend of Mort Sahl and Marlon Brando, whom she met while studying under Elia Kazan in the 1950s.

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Cloris Leachman's 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 .

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Cloris Leachman's posed clad in a dress made of lettuce for a 2009 PETA advertisement.

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