Cloris Leachman

Biography

The record-breaking actress set a record when at age 82, she appeared on Dancing with the Stars (2005). Cloris Leachman was born on April 30, 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa to Berkeley Claiborne "Buck" Leachman and the former Cloris Wallace. Her father's family owned a lumber company. After graduating from high school, she attended Illinois State University and Northwestern University, where she majored in drama. After winning the title of Miss Chicago 1946 (as part of the Miss America pageant), she acted with the Des Moines Playhouse before moving to New York. Leachman made her credited debut in 1948 in an episode of The Ford Theatre Hour (1948) and appeared in many television anthologies and series before becoming a regular on Bob and Ray (1951) in 1952. Her movie debut was memorable, playing the doomed blonde femme fatale Christina Bailey in Robert Aldrich's classic noir Kiss Me Deadly (1955). Other than a role in Rod Serling's movie The Rack (1956) in support of Paul Newman, Leachman remained a television actress throughout the 1950s and the 1960s, appearing in only two movies during the latter decade, The Chapman Report (1962) and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). Though she would win an Oscar for Peter Bogdanovich's adaptation of Larry McMurtry's The Last Picture Show (1971) and appear in three Mel Brooks movies, it was in television that her career remained and her famed was assured in the 1970s and into the second decade of the new millennium. Leachman was nominated five times for an Emmy award playing Phyllis Lindstrom, Mary Tyler Moore's landlady and self-described best friend on Mary Tyler Moore (1970) and on the spin-off series Phyllis (1975). She won twice as Best Supporting Actress in a comedy for her "Mary Tyler Moore" gig and won a Golden Globe award as a leading performer in comedy for "Phyllis", but her first Emmy award came in the category Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in 1973 for the television movie A Brand New Life (1973). She also won two Emmy Awards as a supporting player for Malcolm in the Middle (2000). She was married to director-producer George Englund from 1953 to 1979. They had five children together.

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Birth Name

Cloris Leachman

Birth Place

Des Moines, Iowa, Estados Unidos2013),

Birth Date

4/30/1926

Death Date

1/27/2021
Known For
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History of the World: Part I

Madame DeFarge

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Herbie Goes Bananas

Aunt Louise

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High Anxiety

Nurse Diesel

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Beerfest

Great Gam Gam

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Gambit

Grandma Merl

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Prancer

Mrs. McFarland

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A Troll in Central Park

Queen Gnorga (voice)

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The Beverly Hillbillies

Granny

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The Comedian

May Conner

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Double, Double, Toil & Trouble

Aunt Agatha / Aunt Sofia

Starring In
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Not to Forget

Donna

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High Holiday

Nana

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Broadway: The Golden Age

Self

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Jump, Darling

Margaret

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The Croods: A New Age

Gran (voice)

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When We Last Spoke

Itasca

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Lez Bomb

Josephine

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I Can Only Imagine

Memaw

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Gilbert

Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

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So B. It

Alice Wilinsky

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The Comedian

May Conner

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The Bronx Bull

Lilian Forrester

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This Is Happening

Estelle Davis

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Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Miss Fielder

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The Wedding Ringer

Grandma Palmer

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Unity

Narrator (voice)

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Baby, Baby, Baby

Actress

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The Croods

Gran (voice)

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Gambit

Grandma Merl

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Foodfight!

Brand X Lunch Lady (voice)

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The Fields

Gladys

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You Again

Helen (uncredited)

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Adventure Time

Old Marceline 2 episodes, 2012-2016

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Love Takes Wing

Hattie Clarence

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American Cowslip: A Redneck Comedy

Sandy

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Ponyo

Yoshie (voice: English version)

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The Women

Maggie

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Lake Placid 2

Sadie Bickerman

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Beerfest

Great Gam Gam

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Scary Movie 4

Mrs. Norris

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Sky High

Nurse Spex

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The Longest Yard

Lynette

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James Dean: Forever Young

Self (archive footage)

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The Californians

Eileen Boatwright

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Mrs. Harris

Pearl 'Billie' Schwartz - Tarnower's Sister

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Spanglish

Evelyn Wright

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Bad Santa

Grandma (uncredited)

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Alex & Emma

Grandmother

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Manna from Heaven

Helen

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Hanging Up

Pat Mozell

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Gen¹³

Helga Kleinman (voice)

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The Amati Girls

Dolly Amati

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The Iron Giant

Mrs. Tensedge (voice)

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Music of the Heart

Assunta Guaspari

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Death Sentence

Susan Davies

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Annabelle's Wish

Aunt Agnes (voice)

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Beavis and Butt-head Do America

Old Woman on Plane and Bus (voice)

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Now and Then

Grandma Albertson

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A Troll in Central Park

Queen Gnorga (voice)

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Touched by an Angel - The Third Season, Vol. 1

Ruth (4 episodes, 1997-2003)

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Double, Double, Toil & Trouble

Aunt Agatha / Aunt Sofia

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The Beverly Hillbillies

Granny

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My Boyfriend's Back

Maggie The Zombie Expert

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In Broad Daylight

Ruth Westerman

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Texasville

Ruth Popper

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The Giant of Thunder Mountain

Narrator / The Elder Amy

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Danielle Steel's Fine Things

Ruth Fine

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Love Hurt

Ruth Weaver

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Prancer

Mrs. McFarland

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The Facts of Life Down Under

Beverly Ann Stickle

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Hansel and Gretel

Griselda The Witch

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Walk Like a Man

Margaret Shand

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Sparky's Magic Piano

(voice)

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Laputa: Castle in the Sky

Dola (Disney dub) (voice)

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Shadow Play

Millie Crown

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My Little Pony: The Movie

Hydia (voice)

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Deadly Intentions

Charlotte Raynor

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Dixie: Changing Habits

Sister Eugenio

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Herbie, the Love Bug

Aunt Louise

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History of the World: Part I

Madame DeFarge

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Foolin' Around

Samantha

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Herbie Goes Bananas

Aunt Louise

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Scavenger Hunt

Mildred Carruthers

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The Muppet Movie

Lord's Secretary

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Willa

Darla Jean

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The North Avenue Irregulars

Claire Porter / Phantom Fox, Irregular

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S.O.S. Titanic

Molly Brown

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Backstairs at the White House

Mrs. Jaffray (2 episodes, 1979)

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High Anxiety

Nurse Diesel

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It Happened One Christmas

Clara

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The Mouse and His Child

Euterpe (voice)

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The Love Boat - Season Two - Vol. 1

Iris Havlicek

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Death Scream

Mrs. Singleton

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Crazy Mama

Melba

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Young Frankenstein

Frau Blücher

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Daisy Miller

Mrs. Ezra B. Miller

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Rhoda: Season One

Phyllis Lindstrom (2 episodes, 1974)

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The Migrants

Viola Barlow

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Dillinger

Anna Sage

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Charley and the Angel

Nettie Appleby

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Crime Club

Hilary Kelton

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Haunts of the Very Rich

Ellen Blunt

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The Last Picture Show

Ruth Popper

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Lovers and Other Strangers

Bernice Henderson

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The People Next Door

Tina Hoffman

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WUSA

Philomene

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Silent Night, Lonely Night

Ginny

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Agnes

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Der Chapman-Report

Miss Selby

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Kiss Me Deadly

Christina Bailey

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Carnegie Hall

Extra (uncredited)

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