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Cloris Leachman

Cloris LeachmanBorn: 30-Apr-1926
Birthplace: Des Moines, IA
Died: 27-Jan-2021
Location of death: Encinitas, CA
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Phyllis and The Facts of Life

Cloris Leachman grew up in Iowa, and began appearing on a local radio show when she was 11. By the age of 17, she was a regular in Des Moines area amateur plays. In her early 20s, she was in the original Broadway run of South Pacific, and moonlighting on live TV anthologies such as Actor's Studio, Kraft Television Theatre, and Lux Video Theatre. She has been a regular cast member on at least ten television series, including the original Bob and Ray Show. She became famous as Mary Tyler Moore's nosy and neurotic neighbor Phyllis, and later had her own Phyllis spin-off. She replaced Charlotte Rae on The Facts of Life, and played Frankie Muñiz's grandmother on Malcolm in the Middle. Leachman has won seven Emmys in five categories.

In films, she played a dangerous hitchhiker in the noir classic Kiss Me Deadly, a hooker in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and Frau Blücher in Young Frankenstein. She won an Oscar as the lonely Ruth in The Last Picture Show.

In her youth, Leachman was a beauty queen, winning the title of Miss Chicago in 1946. At age 71, she appeared nude, in body paint, on the cover of Alternative Medicine magazine.

Father: Berkeley Leachman ("Buck")
Mother: Cloris Wallace
Sister: Claiborne Cary (actress)
Husband: George Englund (film director, m. 19-Apr-1953, div. 1979)
Son: Adam Englund
Son: Bryan Englund (b. 1956, d. 25-Feb-1986 accidental overdose)
Son: George Englund, Jr.
Son: Morgan Englund (actor, b. 1964)
Daughter: Dinah Englund

    University: Northwestern University (dropped out)

    Beauty Contest Miss Chicago (1946)
    Oscar for Best Supporting Actress 1972 for The Last Picture Show
    Golden Globe 1976 for Phyllis (television)
    Emmy 1973 for A Brand New Life (single performance)
    Emmy 1974 for Mary Tyler Moore (episode "The Lars Affair")
    Emmy 1975 for Cher (single performance)
    Emmy 1984 for Screen Actors Guild 50th Anniversary Celebration
    Emmy 1998 for Promised Land (guest)
    Emmy 2002 for Malcolm in the Middle (guest)
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 6435 Hollywood Blvd. (television)
    Gamma Phi Beta Sorority

    Raising Hope Maw Maw (2010-)
    Dancing with the Stars Contestant (2008)
    Malcolm in the Middle Ida (Lois's mother, 2001-06)
    The Ellen Show Dot Richmond (2001-02)
    Touched by an Angel Ruth (1997-2003)
    Walter & Emily Emily Collins (1991-92)
    The Nutt House Ms. Frick (1989)
    The Facts of Life Beverly Ann Stickle (1986-88)
    Phyllis Phyllis Lindstrom (1975-77)
    The Mary Tyler Moore Show Phyllis Lindstrom (1970-75)
    Dr. Kildare Rhoda Kirsh (1965)

    I Can Only Imagine (16-Mar-2018)
    Is That a Gun in Your Pocket? (24-Feb-2016)
    Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (23-Oct-2015)
    The Wedding Ringer (14-Jan-2015)
    Adult World (18-Apr-2013)
    The Croods (15-Feb-2013) [VOICE]
    Gambit (7-Nov-2012)
    The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure (29-Aug-2012)
    Foodfight! (3-May-2012) [VOICE]
    The Fields (24-Sep-2011)
    American Cowslip (24-Jul-2009) · Sandy
    Love Takes Wing (4-Apr-2009)
    New York, I Love You (5-Feb-2009) · Mitzie
    The Women (12-Sep-2008)
    Lake Placid 2 (28-Apr-2007)
    Beerfest (25-Aug-2006)
    Scary Movie 4 (12-Apr-2006)
    Mrs. Harris (16-Sep-2005)
    Sky High (29-Jul-2005)
    The Longest Yard (27-May-2005) · Lynette
    Spanglish (17-Dec-2004) · Evelyn
    Alex and Emma (16-Jun-2003) · Grandmother
    Manna From Heaven (17-Jan-2003)
    The Amati Girls (Oct-2000)
    Hanging Up (16-Feb-2000) · Pat
    Music of the Heart (6-Sep-1999)
    The Iron Giant (31-Jul-1999) · Mrs. Tensedge [VOICE]
    Annabelle's Wish (21-Oct-1997) [VOICE]
    Beavis and Butthead Do America (20-Dec-1996) · Old Woman on Plane and Bus [VOICE]
    Now and Then (20-Oct-1995)
    A Troll in Central Park (7-Oct-1994) · Queen Gnorga [VOICE]
    Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (30-Oct-1993) · Aunts Agatha and Sofia
    The Beverly Hillbillies (15-Oct-1993) · Granny
    My Boyfriend's Back (6-Aug-1993)
    Picture This: The Times of Peter Bogdanovich in Archer City, Texas (7-Sep-1991) · Herself
    The Giant of Thunder Mountain (1-Mar-1991)
    In Broad Daylight (3-Feb-1991)
    Love Hurts (9-Nov-1990)
    Fine Things (16-Oct-1990)
    Texasville (28-Sep-1990)
    Prancer (17-Nov-1989)
    Hansel and Gretel (May-1987) · The Witch
    Walk Like a Man (17-Apr-1987) · Margaret Shand
    My Little Pony: The Movie (20-Jun-1986) [VOICE]
    Shadow Play (1986)
    Deadly Intentions (19-May-1985)
    Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter (14-May-1984)
    The Demon Murder Case (6-Mar-1983)
    History of the World: Part I (12-Jun-1981)
    This Time Forever (1981)
    Foolin' Around (17-Oct-1980)
    Herbie Goes Bananas (25-Jun-1980)
    The Oldest Living Graduate (7-Apr-1980) · Maureen
    Scavenger Hunt (21-Dec-1979)
    S.O.S. Titanic (23-Sep-1979)
    The Muppet Movie (22-Jun-1979)
    The North Avenue Irregulars (9-Feb-1979)
    Backstairs at the White House (29-Jan-1979)
    High Anxiety (25-Dec-1977) · Nurse Diesel
    It Happened One Christmas (11-Dec-1977)
    The Mouse and His Child (18-Nov-1977) [VOICE]
    Death Scream (26-Sep-1975)
    A Girl Named Sooner (18-Jun-1975)
    Crazy Mama (Jun-1975) · Melba
    Young Frankenstein (15-Dec-1974) · Frau Blücher
    Death Sentence (2-Oct-1974)
    Daisy Miller (22-May-1974)
    Thursday's Game (14-Apr-1974)
    The Migrants (3-Feb-1974)
    Happy Mother's Day, Love George (17-Aug-1973)
    Charley and the Angel (23-Mar-1973)
    A Brand New Life (20-Feb-1973)
    Dillinger (2-Feb-1973) · Anna Sage
    The Last Picture Show (3-Oct-1971) · Ruth Popper
    The Steagle (15-Sep-1971)
    The People Next Door (26-Aug-1970)
    WUSA (19-Aug-1970)
    Lovers and Other Strangers (12-Aug-1970)
    Silent Night, Lonely Night (16-Dec-1969)
    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (23-Sep-1969) · Agnes
    The Chapman Report (5-Oct-1962) · Miss Selby
    The Rack (2-Nov-1956)
    Kiss Me Deadly (18-May-1955) · Christina

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