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Cloris Leachman

Birthdate: (88)
Birthplace: Des Moines, IA, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Berkeley "Buck" Claiborne Leachman and Cloris Votruba Leachman
Ex-wife of <private> Englund (Ripley)
Mother of <private> Englund; <private> Englund; <private> Englund; <private> Englund and Bryan Englund
Sister of <private> Leachman; Claiborne Cary and Unknown Leachman

Occupation: actress
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About Cloris Leachman

From 1953 to 1979, Leachman was married to Hollywood impresario George Englund. Leachman's former mother-in-law was character actress Mabel Albertson, best known for playing Samantha's mother-in-law on the ABC sitcom Bewitched. The marriage produced five children: Bryan, Morgan, Adam, Dinah and George Englund, Jr. Some of them are in show business. Her son Morgan played Dylan on Guiding Light throughout the 1980s and early 1990s.

Leachman's son Bryan died from a drug overdose on February 25, 1986. Some reports state that it was an overdose of ulcer medication, while others, such as in the Lifetime Television program Intimate Portrait: Cloris Leachman (in which Leachman participated), state that it was from cocaine.

In an interview by Cal Fussman in Esquire, Jan. 2009, she stated, “I've been so relieved and so grateful to not have a god to believe in.” (pg. 81) She called herself an agnostic in an interview with Grandparents magazine.

The Englunds were Bel Air neighbors of Judy Garland and two of her children, Lorna and Joey Luft, during the early 1960s. Lorna Luft states in her memoir Me and My Shadows that Leachman was "the kind of mom I'd only seen on TV." Knowing of the turmoil at the Garland home but never mentioning it, Leachman prepared meals for Judy's children and made them feel welcome whenever they needed a place to stay.

Leachman was a friend of Marlon Brando, whom she met while studying under Elia Kazan in the 1950s. She 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 (2005).

Leachman posed "au naturel" on the cover of "Alternative Medicine Digest" (issue 15, 1997) body-painted with images of fruit. This was a parody of the famous Demi Moore Vanity Fair magazine cover photo. A vegetarian, she also posed clad only in lettuce for a 2009 PETA advertisement.

Leachman's autobiography Cloris: My Autobiography was published in March 2009. She wrote the bestselling book with her former husband, George Englund.

Filmography

   * Carnegie Hall (1947)
   * Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
   * The Rack (1956)
   * The Chapman Report (1962)
   * Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
   * WUSA (1970)
   * The People Next Door (1970)
   * Lovers and Other Strangers (1970)
   * The Steagle (1971)
   * The Last Picture Show (1971)
   * Charley and the Angel (1973)
   * Dillinger (1973)
   * Happy Mother's Day, Love George (1973)
   * Daisy Miller (1974)
   * Young Frankenstein (1974)
   * Crazy Mama (1975)
   * The Mouse and His Child (1977) (voice)
   * High Anxiety (1977)
   * The North Avenue Irregulars (1979)
   * The Muppet Movie (1979)
   * Scavenger Hunt (1979)
   * Herbie Goes Bananas (1980)
   * Foolin' Around (1980)
   * Yesterday (1981)
   * History of the World, Part I (1981)
   * My Little Pony: The Movie (1986) (voice)
   * Castle in the Sky (1986) (voice in 2003 English-dubbed version)
   * Walk Like a Man (1987)
   * Going to the Chapel (1988)
   * Hansel and Gretel (1988)
   * Prancer (1989)
   * Texasville (1990)
   * Love Hurts (1991)
   * The Giant of Thunder Mountain (1991)
   * Picture This: The Times of Peter Bogdanovich in Archer City, Texas (1991) (documentary)
   * Double Double Toil and Trouble (1993)
   * My Boyfriend's Back (1993)
   * The Beverly Hillbillies (1993)
   * A Troll in Central Park (1994) (voice)
   * Nobody's Girls: Five Women of the West (1995) (documentary)
   * Now and Then (1995)
   * Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996) (voice)
   * Never Too Late (1997)
   * Gen¹³ (1999) (voice) (unreleased)
   * The Iron Giant (1999) (voice)
   * Music of the Heart (1999)
   * Hanging Up (2000)
   * The Amati Girls (2001)
   * Manna from Heaven (2002)
   * Alex & Emma (2003)
   * Bad Santa (2003)
   * Spanglish (2004)
   * Buzz (2005) (documentary)
   * The Longest Yard (2005)
   * Sky High (2005)
   * The Californians (2005)
   * Scary Movie 4 (2006)
   * Beerfest (2006)
   * Love Takes Wing (2007)
   * The Women (2008)
   * American Cowslip (2009)
   * Ponyo (2009) voices Noriko
   * Inglourious Basterds (2009; scenes cut)
   * New York, I Love You (2009)
   * The Story of Bonnie and Clyde (2010)
   * Expecting Mary (2010)
   * You Again (2010)
   * The Fields (2011)

Television work

   * Hold It Please (1949) (canceled after 3 episodes)
   * Charlie Wild, Private Detective (1950 – 1952)
   * Bob and Ray (regular in 1952)
   * Lassie (cast member from 1957 – 1958)
   * Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes: "Don't Interrupt"
   * Johnny Staccato as Jessica Winthrop in "Solomon" (1960)
   * The Man in the Moon (1960)
   * Twilight Zone 1 episode: "It's a Good Life" (1961)
   * The Virginian (1967 & 1969)
   * The Road West (1967)
   * Adam-12 (1968) (series episode 2)
   * Silent Night, Lonely Night (1969)
   * The Mary Tyler Moore Show (cast member from 1970 – 1975)
   * Suddenly Single (1971)
   * Haunts of the Very Rich (1972)
   * Of Thee I Sing (1972)
   * A Brand New Life (1973)
   * Crime Club (1973) (unsold pilot)
   * Dying Room Only (1973)
   * The Migrants (1974)
   * Hitchhike! (1974)
   * Pete 'n' Tillie (1974) (unsold pilot)
   * Thursday's Game (1974)
   * Ernie, Madge and Artie (1974) (unsold pilot)
   * Death Sentence (1974)
   * Rhoda (1974)
   * Someone I Touched (1975)
   * Ladies of the Corridor (1975)
   * A Girl Named Sooner (1975)
   * Phyllis (1975 – 1977)
   * Death Scream (1975)
   * Wonder Woman (1975) (1 episode, pilot episode)[23]
   * The Love Boat (1976) (pilot for series)
   * It Happened One Christmas (1977)
   * Long Journey Back (1978)
   * Backstairs at the White House (1979) (miniseries)
   * Willa (1979)
   * Mrs. R's Daughter (1979)
   * S.O.S. Titanic (1979) (Made-for-TV Movie)
   * The Oldest Living Graduate (1980)
   * The Acorn People (1981)
   * Advice to the Lovelorn (1981)
   * Miss All-American Beauty (1982)
   * Dixie: Changing Habits (1983)
   * The Demon Murder Case (1983)
   * Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter (1984)
   * Breakfast with Les and Bess (1985)
   * Deadly Intentions (1985)
   * Blind Alleys (1985)
   * The Little Troll Prince (1985) (voice)
   * Shadow Play (1986)
   * The Facts of Life (cast member from 1986 – 1988)
   * The Facts of Life Down Under (1987)
   * The Nutt House (1989) (canceled after 11 episodes)
   * Fine Things (1990)
   * In Broad Daylight (1991)
   * Walter & Emily (1991 – 1992)
   * A Little Piece of Heaven (1991)
   * Spies (1992)
   * Fade to Black (1993)
   * Without a Kiss Goodbye (1993)
   * Miracle Child (1993)
   * The Simpsons (1993) (voice)
   * Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (1993)
   * The Nanny (1994)
   * Between Love and Honor (1995)
   * Annabelle's Wish (1997) (voice)
   * Thanks (1999 – 2000)
   * Malcolm in the Middle (recurring cast member from 2001 – 2006)
   * The Ellen Show (2001 – 2002)
   * The Twilight Zone (2002 TV series), "It's Still a Good Life" (2003)
   * Crazy Love (2003) (unsold pilot)
   * Mrs. Harris (2005)
   * Two and a Half Men (2005)
   * The Great Malones (2006) (unsold pilot)
   * Lake Placid 2 (2007)
   * Roast of Bob Saget (2008 in television)
   * Dancing with the Stars (regular in 2008)
   * Love Takes Wing (2009)
   * The Office (Post-Super Bowl XLIII "Stress Relief" 2009)
   * Phineas and Ferb (2009)
   * "Hawthorne" (2009)
   * Chelsea Lately (2010) (Round Table Guest)

Stage work

   * Sundown Beach (September 7 – September 11, 1948) (Broadway)
   * South Pacific (April 7, 1949 – January 16, 1954) (Month-long replacement for Martha Wright) (Broadway)
   * Come Back, Little Sheba (February 15 – July 29, 1950) (Pre-Broadway tryout; left cast to star in As You Like It)
   * As You Like It (January 26 – June 3, 1950) (Broadway)
   * A Story for a Sunday Evening (November 17 – November 25, 1950) (Broadway; Won Theatre World Award)
   * Lo and Behold! (December 12, 1951 – January 12, 1952) (Broadway)
   * Dear Barbarians (February 21 – February 24, 1952) (Broadway)
   * Sunday Breakfast (May 28 – June 8, 1952) (Broadway)
   * The Crucible (January 22 – July 11, 1953) (replacement for Madeleine Sherwood) (Broadway)
   * King of Hearts (April 1 – November 27, 1954 (Broadway)
   * A Touch of the Poet (October 2, 1958 – June 13, 1959) (replacement for Kim Stanley) (Broadway)
   * Masquerade (March 16, 1959) (Broadway)
   * A Fatal Weakness (1985) (Monaco)
   * Grandma Moses: An American Primitive (1989–1990) (one woman show; national tour)
   * Show Boat (1994) (national tour)

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloris_Leachman

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001458/

IBDB: http://www.ibdb.com/person.php?id=49241

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Cloris Leachman's Timeline

1926
April 30, 1926
Des Moines, IA, USA
1953
April 19, 1953
Age 26
New York, NY, USA
1956
1956
Age 29
1979
December 29, 1979
Age 53