BIO: Cloris Leachman

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By Jason Matthews

Cloris Leachman is a celebrated American actress of stage, film and television. She has won eight Emmy Awards – more than any other female performer – and one Daytime Emmy Award. She also earned an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1971 for her role as “Ruth Popper” in “The Last Picture Show.”

 

Leachman is best known for playing the nosy, self-centered and manipulative landlady “Phyllis Lindstrom” on “Mary Tyler Moore” and later on the spin-off series “Phyllis.”

 

Her additional film credits include the Mel Brooks films “Young Frankenstein” and “High Anxiety,” as well as “American Cowslip,” “Ponyo,” “Inglorious Basterds,” “New York, I Love You,” “Expecting Mary” and the upcoming “The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure” and “The Fields.” She became popular in recent years for her recurring role on the hit TV series “Malcolm in the Middle” and appearances on “The Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget,” “Love Takes Wings,” “The Office,” “Phineas and Ferb” and “HawthoRNe.”

 

The 82-year-old Leachman competed on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2008 and served as Grand Marshal of the 2009 New Year’s Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, CA, where she presided over the 120th annual parade and the 95th Rose Bowl football game. In March 2010, Leachman became a published author with the release of her bestselling memoir, “Cloris: My Autobiography.”

 

Leachman currently resides in Los Angeles.

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