Cloris Leachman

Actress
With a career that spanned a staggering six decades on stage and screen, actress Cloris Leachman was one of primetime's funniest comediennes and a favorite player in the classic film satires of Mel Brooks. A former ... Read more »
Born: 04/30/1926 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA

Filmography

Actor (197)

American Gods 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob's Burgers 2016 (Tv Show)

Voice

Is That a Gun in Your Pocket? 2016 (Movie)

Maxine (Actor)

Royal Pains 2016 (Tv Show)

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Girl Meets World 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

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Hawaii Five-O 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse 2015 (Movie)

Miss Fielder (Actor)

The Wedding Ringer 2015 (Movie)

Grandma Palmer (Actor)

This Is Happening 2015 (Movie)

Estelle (Actor)

Wife Swap 2015 (Tv Show)

Herself

Adult World 2014 (Movie)

Mary Anne (Actor)

Diagnosis Murder 1976 - 1977, 1992 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2001, 2009 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gambit 2014 (Movie)

Grandma Merle (Actor)

Norm 1976 - 1977, 1992 - 1994, 1999 - 2000, 2009 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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Phineas and Ferb 2009, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

Promised Land 1976 - 1977, 1992 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2000, 2009 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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Raising Hope 2009 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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RuPaul's Drag Race 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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The Bronx Bull 2014 (Movie)

Lilian Forrester (Actor)

The Fields 2014 (Movie)

Gladys (Actor)

The Nanny 1976 - 1977, 1992 - 1994, 2009 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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The Powers That Be 1976 - 1977, 1992 - 1993, 2009 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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Touched By an Angel 1976 - 1977, 1992 - 1994, 1996 - 2001, 2009 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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Wonder Woman 1976 - 1977, 2009 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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Adventure Time With Finn and Jake 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Hot in Cleveland 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kirstie 2013 (Tv Show)

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The Croods 2013 (Movie)

Gran (Voice)

The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure 2012 (Movie)

Dotty Rounder (Voice)

The Ninth Annual TV Land Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Expecting Mary 2010 (Movie)

Annie (Actor)

American Cowslip 2009 (Movie)

Sandy (Actor)

HawthoRNe 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York, I Love You 2009 (Movie)

Mitzie (Actor)

Ponyo 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Noriko (Actor)

The Office 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dancing With the Stars 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Women 2008 (Movie)

Maggie (Actor)

The 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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Beerfest 2006 (Movie)

Great Gam Gam (Actor)

Buzz 2006 (Movie)

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Scary Movie 4 2006 (Movie)

Mrs. Norris (Actor)

Beach Girls 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Family Guy 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

Sky High 2005 (Movie)

Nurse Spex (Actor)

The Californians 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Longest Yard 2005 (Movie)

Lynette (Actor)

Two and a Half Men 2005 (Tv Show)

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Joan of Arcadia 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spanglish 2004 (Movie)

Evelyn (Actor)

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 56th Annual Writers Guild Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Alex & Emma 2003 (Movie)

Grandmother (Actor)

The Mary Tyler Moore Reunion 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Behind the Fame: Mary Tyler Moore/Bob Newhart 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Diagnosis Murder: Deadly Mirage 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Inside TV Land 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Manna From Heaven 2002 (Movie)

Helen Madden (Actor)

The Ellen Show 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Malcolm in the Middle 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Paul Lynde: Off Center 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Paul Newman 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The Amati Girls 2001 (Movie)

Dolly (Actor)

Hanging Up 2000 (Movie)

Pat Mozell (Actor)

50th Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

Music of the Heart 1999 (Movie)

Assunta Guaspari (Actor)

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Thanks 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Iron Giant 1999 (Movie)

of Mrs Tensedge (Voice)

The Pet Shop 1997 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Performer

Intimate Portrait: Cybill Shepherd 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

True Stories From Touched By an Angel 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Never Too Late 1997 (Movie)

Olive (Actor)

Annabelle's Wish 1996 (Movie)

of Aunt Agnes (Voice)

Beavis and Butt-Head Do America 1996 (Movie)

(Voice)

Maybe This Time 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Nobody's Girls: Five Women of the West 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Now and Then 1995 (Movie)

Grandma Albertson (Actor)

A Troll in Central Park 1994 (Movie)

of Queen Gnorga (Voice)

Miss America: Their Untold Stories 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Fade to Black 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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My Boyfriend's Back 1993 (Movie)

Maggie the Zombie Expert (Actor)

Spies 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Beverly Hillbillies 1993 (Movie)

Granny (Actor)

Walter and Emily 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Mary Tyler Moore: The 20th Anniversary Show 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The Simpsons 1991 (Tv Show)

Voice

Love Hurts 1990 (Movie)

Ruth Weaver (Actor)

Texasville 1990 (Movie)

Ruth Popper (Actor)

The Nutt House 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Prancer 1989 (Movie)

Mrs McFarland (Actor)

The Facts of Life 1979 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Walk Like a Man 1987 (Movie)

Margaret Shand (Actor)

Hansel and Gretel 1986 (Movie)

The Witch (Actor)

My Little Pony 1986 (Movie)

of Hydia (Voice)

Shadow Play 1986 (Movie)

Millie Crown (Actor)

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

Breakfast With Les and Bess 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Donald Duck's 50th Birthday 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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The Book of Lists 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

History of the World Part I 1981 (Movie)

Madame Defarge (Actor)

The Way They Were 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Foolin' Around 1980 (Movie)

Samantha (Actor)

Herbie Goes Bananas 1980 (Movie)

Aunt Louise (Actor)

S.O.S. Titanic 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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Backstairs at the White House 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Scavenger Hunt 1979 (Movie)

Mildred Carruthers (Actor)

The Muppet Movie 1979 (Movie)

Lord's Secretary (Actor)

The North Avenue Irregulars 1979 (Movie)

Claire (Actor)

Yesterday 1978 (Movie)

Mrs Kramer (Actor)

High Anxiety 1977 (Movie)

Nurse Charlotte Diesel (Actor)

Phyllis 1975 - 1977 (TV Show)

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The Love Boat 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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The Mary Tyler Moore Show 1970 - 1977 (TV Show)

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The Paul Lynde Comedy Hour 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Crazy Mama 1976 (Movie)

Melba Stokes (Actor)

Monty Hall's Variety Hour 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Telly... Who Loves Ya, Baby? 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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The Mouse and His Child 1976 (Movie)

of Euterpe (Voice)

Death Sentence 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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Ernie, Madge, and Artie 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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Pete 'n Tillie 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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Young Frankenstein 1974 (Movie)

Frau Blucher (Actor)

Charley and the Angel 1973 (Movie)

Nettie Appleby (Actor)

Daisy Miller 1973 (Movie)

Mrs Miller (Actor)

Dillinger 1973 (Movie)

Anna Sage (Actor)

Night Gallery 1971 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Of Men of Women 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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A Brand New Life 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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Happy Mother's Day... Love, George 1972 (Movie)

Ronda (Actor)

That Girl 1966 - 1971 (TV Show)

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The Last Picture Show 1971 (Movie)

Ruth Popper (Actor)

Lovers and Other Strangers 1970 (Movie)

Bernice (Actor)

The Steagle 1970 (Movie)

Rita Weiss (Actor)

Wusa 1970 (Movie)

Philomene (Actor)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 (Movie)

Agnes (Actor)

The People Next Door 1969 (Movie)

Tina Hoffman (Actor)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 - 1965 (TV Show)

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Timmy and Lassie 1957 - 1964 (TV Show)

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Alcoa Premiere 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

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The General Electric Theater 1952 - 1962 (TV Show)

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Zane Grey Theater 1956 - 1962 (TV Show)

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The Chapman Report 1961 (Movie)

Miss Selby (Actor)

The Lux Video Theater 1950 - 1960 (TV Show)

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Philco Television Playhouse 1948 - 1956 (TV Show)

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The Rack 1956 (Movie)

Caroline (Actor)

Kiss Me Deadly 1955 (Movie)

Christina (Actor)

Actors Studio 1948 - 1950 (TV Show)

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A Girl Named Sooner (TV Show)

Actor

A Little Piece of Heaven (TV Show)

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Advice to the Lovelorn (TV Show)

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Between Love and Honor (TV Show)

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Blind Alleys (TV Show)

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Climax! (TV Show)

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Crime Club (TV Show)

Actor

Deadly Intentions (TV Show)

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Death Scream (TV Show)

Actor

Dixie: Changing Habits (TV Show)

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Dying Room Only (TV Show)

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Haunts of the Very Rich (TV Show)

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Hitchhike! (TV Show)

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In Broad Daylight (TV Show)

Actor

It Happened One Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

Lake Placid 2 (TV Show)

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Long Journey Back (TV Show)

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Love Is Never Silent (TV Show)

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Love Takes Wing (TV Show)

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Miracle Child (TV Show)

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Miss All-American Beauty (TV Show)

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Mrs. Harris (TV Show)

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Mrs. R's Daughter (TV Show)

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Of Thee I Sing (TV Show)

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Silent Night, Lonely Night (TV Show)

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Someone I Touched (TV Show)

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Suddenly Single (TV Show)

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The Acorn People (TV Show)

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The Demon Murder Case (TV Show)

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The Migrants (TV Show)

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The Oldest Living Graduate (TV Show)

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The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor

The Web (TV Show)

Actor

Thursday's Game (TV Show)

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Twigs (TV Show)

Actor

Wedding Day Blues (TV Show)

Actor

Willa (TV Show)

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Without a Kiss Goodbye (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

With a career that spanned a staggering six decades on stage and screen, actress Cloris Leachman was one of primetime's funniest comediennes and a favorite player in the classic film satires of Mel Brooks. A former beauty pageant winner who began her career on the Broadway stage, Leachman's first high profile achievement was her Academy Award-winning performance in Peter Bogdanovich's stark drama "The Last Picture Show" (1971). From there, the over-40 actress' career kicked into high gear, with award-winning roles as the hilariously self-important Phyllis Lindstrom on the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" (CBS, 1970-77) and the subsequent spin-off, "Phyllis" (CBS, 1975-77). She forever held a place in film comedy history for her tightly wound, strangely accented characters in Brooks' "Young Frankenstein" (1974) and "History of the World, Part 1" (1981) - a strength she introduced to a new generation of fans in the role of grandma Ida on Fox's quirky "Malcolm in the Middle" (Fox, 2000-06). The octogenarian became the reality competition's oldest contestant when she joined the cast of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ) in 2008, then trotted on to the sitcom "Raising Hope" (Fox, 2010-14), as the semi-lucid grandmother "Maw Maw" Chance. With more than 40 years of film and television work under her belt, Leachman made it clear she was far from ready to retire, and had plenty more laughs to impart to appreciative fans of all ages.

Relationships

Claiborne Cary Actor

Sister
Born Feb. 17, 1932 Died March 20, 2010

George Englund Post-Production Executive

Husband
Married April 19, 1953 Divorced Dec. 29, 1978

Morgan Englund Actor

Son
Born Aug. 25, 1963; father, George Englund

George Englund Jr. Associate Producer

Son
Born May 21, 1957; father, George Englund; was briefly married to actress Sharon Stone

Dinah Englund Actor

Daughter
Born Jan. 16, 1966; father, George Englund

Adam Englund Actor

Son
Born c. 1954; father, George Englund

Bryan Englund Actor

Son
Born c. 1956; father, George Englund Died on Feb. 25, 1986 in a NYC hotel room at age 30 from of an overdose of ulcer medication

Buck Leachman

Father
Owned a lumber company

Cloris Wallace

Mother

EDUCATION

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois
Attended on a theatre scholarship; classmate of future comic actor Paul Lynde

Actors Studio

New York , New York

Roosevelt High School

Des Moines , Iowa 1944

Milestones

2013

Voiced the grandmother of a prehistoric family in DreamWorks animated comedy "The Croods"

2011

Inducted into Television Academy Hall of Fame

2010

Cast as Maw Maw on Fox comedy series "Raising Hope"

2010

Featured in ensemble comedy "You Again"

2008

Joined seventh season of ABC's reality competition series "Dancing With The Stars" along with professional partner Corky Ballas

2006

Played famed cardiologist Herman Tarnower's adoring sister in HBO movie "Mrs. Harris"

2004

Landed guest starring role on "Joan of Arcadia" (CBS)

2004

Portrayed the boozy, former jazz singer and grandmother Evelyn in James L. Brook's "Spanglish"

2001

Returned to TV as Dot, the title character's eccentric mother on CBS sitcom "The Ellen Show"

2001

Landed recurring guest role as Grandma Ida on Fox sitcom "Malcolm in the Middle"

1999

Lent voice to animated feature "The Iron Giant"

1999

Played Meryl Streep's mother in Wes Craven's "Music of the Heart"

1996

Appeared as Parthy, the captain's wife in touring company of "Show Boat"

1996

Made two guest appearances as Aunt Mooster on CBS series "Promised Land"

1993

Stepped into Irene Ryan's shoes to play Granny in feature film version of "The Beverly Hillbillies"

1991

Played Emily Collins on short-lived NBC sitcom "Walter and Emily"

1990

Reprised role of Ruth Popper in Peter Bogdanovich's sequel "Texasville"

1989

Played a nativist painter in an acclaimed touring stage production of "Grandma Moses"; appeared in play on-and-off for over a decade

1989

Played Ms. Frick on short-lived NBC sitcom "The Nutt House"; series created by Mel Brooks

1986

Replaced Charlotte Rae's character as the den mother on NBC sitcom "The Facts of Life" for its final two seasons

1985

Starred opposite Dick Van Dyke in PBS production "Breakfast with Les and Bess"

1982

Played four roles (three sisters and their mother) in TV adaptation of "Twigs" (E!)

1982

Co-hosted short-lived CBS magazine program "The Book of Lists"

1981

Again collaborated with Brooks for comedy "History of the World Part I"

1979

Portrayed the unsinkable Molly Brown in ABC movie "S.O.S. Titanic"

1979

Appeared in "The Muppet Movie" as the secretary to a producing mogul (Orson Welles)

1977

Re-teamed with Mel Brooks for his spoof of Hitchcock films "High Anxiety"

1975

Played title role on "Phyllis" (CBS), a spin-off of "Mary Tyler Moore"

1975

Starred in Jonathan Demme's low-budget gangster drama "Crazy Mama"

1974

Re-teamed with Bogdanovich for period drama "Daisy Miller"

1974

Offered brilliant comic turn as Frau Blucher in Mel Brooks' spoof "Young Frankenstein"

1974

Delivered strong dramatic turn in CBS telefilm "The Migrants"

1973

Gave Emmy-winning performance as a middle-aged woman who discovers she's pregnant in ABC movie "A Brand New Life"

1972

Co-starred with Carroll O'Connor in CBS adaptation of Gershwin musical "Of Thee I Sing"

1970

Received acclaim as a high school gym teacher's wife who embarks on an affair with a teenager in Peter Bogdanovich's "The Last Picture Show"

1969

Played recurring role of Sandi Hollinger on ABC series "That Girl"

1969

Once again cast opposite Newman in "WUSA"

1969

Played recurring role of landlady Phyllis Lindstrom on CBS series "Mary Tyler Moore"

1968

Landed brief role as a prostitute opposite Paul Newman and Robert Redford in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"

1957

Cast as Ruth Martin, Timmy's adoptive mom on fourth season of CBS series "Lassie"

1955

Feature film acting debut, "Kiss Me Deadly"

1952

Appeared regularly on NBC's "The Bob & Ray Show"

1950

Played secretary Effie Perrine on NBC detective show "Charlie Wild, Private Detective"

1949

Made TV debut with semi-regular role on "Actor's Studio" (ABC, CBS)

1949

Cast in regular role on CBS series "Hold It Please"

1946

Won title of Miss Chicago; later was one of the finalists in Miss America Beauty Pageant

Hosted an advice-to-homemakers radio program while in her mid-teens

Moved to NYC and was chosen by Elia Kazan to be a member of original Actors Studio

Acted on Broadway in supporting roles in William Inge's "Come Back, Little Sheba" and Shakespeare's "As You Like It"

Bonus Trivia

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On May 14, 2006, Leachman was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Drake University.

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