Cloris Leachman Biography (1930?-)

Born June 30, 1930 (some sources cite April 30, 1926), in Des Moines, IA; daughter of Buck (an owner of a lumber company) and Cloris Leachman; married George England, April 19, 1953 (divorced, 1979); children: Adam, Brian (an actor; deceased), George (a production assistant), Morgan (an actor), Dinah (a singer and songwriter). Addresses: Agent: Metropolitan Talent Agency, 4526 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010.; Manager: Steve Vail, Vanguard Talent Management, 9200 Sunset Blvd., Suite 315, Los Angeles, CA 90069.; Publicist: Marleah Leslie, Marleah Leslie and Associates Public Relations, 8370 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 210, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

Nationality
American
Gender
Female
Occupation
Actress
Birth Details
June 30, 1930?
Des Moines, Iowa, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Christina Bailey, Kiss Me Deadly (also known as Mickey Spillane's Kiss Me Deadly), United Artists, 1955
  • Caroline, The Rack, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1956
  • Miss Selby, The Chapman Report, Warner Bros., 1962
  • Agnes, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Twentieth Century-Fox,1969
  • Tina Hoffman, The People Next Door, 1970
  • Philomene, W.U.S.A., Paramount, 1970
  • Bernice, Lovers and Other Strangers, 1970
  • Ruth Popper, The Last Picture Show, Columbia, 1971
  • Rita Weiss, The Steagle, Avco-Embassy, 1971
  • Ronda, Happy Mother's Day, Love George (also known as Run, Stranger, Run), 1973
  • The lady in red, Dillinger, American International Pictures, 1973
  • Nettie Appleby, Charley and the Angel, Walt Disney, 1973
  • Mrs. Ezra Miller, Daisy Miller, Paramount, 1974
  • Frau Bluecher, Young Frankenstein (also known as Frankenstein Jr.), Twentieth-Century Fox, 1974
  • Melba, Crazy Mama, New World, 1975
  • Voice of Euterpe, The Mouse and His Child, Murakami-Wolf Productions, 1977
  • Nurse Diesel, High Anxiety, 1977, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1979
  • Lord's secretary, The Muppet Movie, Associated Film Distributors,1979
  • Claire Porter, The North Avenue Irregulars (also known as Hill's Angels), Buena Vista, 1979
  • Mildred Carruthers, Scavenger Hunt, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1979
  • Mrs. Kramer, Yesterday (also known as Gabrielle, Scoring, This Time Forever, and The Victory), Cinepix, 1980
  • Samantha, Foolin' Around, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1980
  • Aunt Louise, Herbie Goes Bananas, Buena Vista, 1980
  • Soggy Bottom, USA (also known as Swamp Rats), 1980
  • Madame Lafarge, History of the World, Part I, 1981
  • My Strange Uncle, 1981
  • Millie Crown, Shadow Play, 1986
  • Voice of Hydia, My Little Pony: The Movie, 1986
  • Margaret Shand, Walk Like a Man, 1987
  • Mrs. McFarland, Prancer, 1989
  • Ruth Weaver, Love Hurts, Vestron Pictures, 1991
  • Ruth Popper, Texasville, Cine-Source, 1991
  • Picture This--The Times of Peter Bogdanovich in Archer City, Texas, 1991
  • Narrator and elder Amy, The Giant of Thunder Mountain, 1991
  • Voice of Queen Gnorga, A Troll in Central Park (animated), WarnerEspanola, 1993
  • Maggie the Zombie Expert, My Boyfriend's Back (also known as Johnny Zombie), Buena Vista, 1993
  • Granny, The Beverly Hillbillies, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1993
  • Grandma Albertson, Now and Then (also known as The Gaslight Addition), Lider Films, 1995
  • Voice of Martha, Beavis and Butt-head Do America (animated), Paramount, 1996
  • Olive, Never Too Late, Allegro Distribution, 1997
  • Voice of Aunt Agnes, Annabelle's Wish (animated video), 1997
  • Voice of Helga, Gen 13 (animated), Hollywood Pictures, 1998
  • Voice of Mrs. Lynley Tensedge, The Iron Giant (animated), Warner Bros., 1999
  • Assunta Guaspari, Music of the Heart (also known as 50 Violins), Miramax, 1999
  • Pat, Hanging Up, Columbia, 2000
  • Helen, Manna from Heaven, Five Sisters Productions, 2001
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Ginny, Silent Night, Lonely Night, 1969
  • Joanne Hackett, Suddenly Single, 1971
  • Ellen Blunt, Haunts of the Very Rich, 1972
  • Victoria Douglas, A Brand New Life, 1973
  • Hilary Keaton, Crime Club, 1973
  • Jean Mitchell, Dying Room Only, 1973
  • Viola Barlow, The Migrants, 1974
  • Lois Ellison, Thursday's Game, 1974
  • Claire Stevens, Hitchhike!, 1974
  • Susan Davies, Death Sentence (also known as Murder One), 1974
  • Laura Hyatt, Someone I Touched, 1975
  • Mrs. Singleton, Death Scream (also known as Streetkill andThe Woman Who Cried Murder), 1975
  • Clara Oddbody, It Happened One Christmas, ABC, 1975
  • Old Mam Hawes, A Girl Named Sooner, 1975
  • Laura Casella, Long Journey Back, 1978
  • Margaret "Molly" "Maggie" Brown, S.O.S. Titanic, 1979
  • Ruth Randell, Mrs. R.'s Daughter, 1979
  • Darla Jean, Willa, 1979
  • Maureen, The Oldest Living Graduate, 1980
  • Maggie Dale, Advice to the Lovelorn, 1981
  • Nurse Betty Nelson, The Acorn People, 1981
  • Agatha Blaine, Miss All-American Beauty, 1982
  • Sister Eugenio, Dixie: Changing Habits, 1983
  • Joan Greenway, The Demon Murder Case (also known as The Rhode Island Murders), 1983
  • Mary Kovacs, Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter, 1984
  • Mrs. Anglin, Love Is Never Silent, 1985
  • Charlotte Raynor, Deadly Intentions, ABC, 1985
  • The witch Grizelda, Hansel and Gretel (also known as Cannon Movie Tales: Hansel and Gretel), 1987
  • Beverly Ann Stickle, The Facts of Life Down Under, NBC, 1987
  • Mrs. Haldane, Going to the Chapel (Wedding Day and Wedding Day Blues), NBC, 1988
  • Ruth Fine, Danielle Steel's "Fine Things" (also known as Fine Things), NBC, 1990
  • Ruth Westerman, In Broad Daylight, NBC, 1991
  • Edwina "Ed" McKevitt (some sources cite surname McKevin), A Little Piece of Heaven, NBC, 1991
  • Ruth Weinstaub, Fade to Black, USA Network, 1993
  • Mrs. Beale, Spies, The Disney Channel, 1993
  • Mrs. Samuels, Without a Kiss Goodbye (also known as Falsely Accused and The Laurie Samuels Story), CBS, 1993
  • Doc Betty, Miracle Child, NBC, 1993
  • Aunt Agatha/Aunt Sofia, Double, Double, Toil and Trouble, ABC, 1993
  • Anna Collura, Between Love & Honor, CBS, 1995
  • Dolly, The Amati Girls, Fox, 2000
  • Specials
  • Mary, Of Thee I Sing, CBS, 1972
  • Ladies of the Corridor, 1975
  • Screen Actors' Guild 50th Anniversary Celebration, CBS, 1984
  • Mary Tyler Moore: The 20th Anniversary Show, CBS, 1991
  • Miss America: Their Untold Stories (also known as Miss Americas... Where are They Now? and There She Was ... Miss America), NBC,1993
  • Laura Evans, Nobody's Girls: Five Women of the West, PBS, 1994
  • Narrator, Intimate Portrait: Cybill Shepherd, Lifetime, 1998
  • True Stories from Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1998
  • Series
  • Panelist, Hold It Please, CBS, 1949
  • Effie Perrine, Charlie Wild, Private Detective, CBS, then ABC, then DuMont, 1951-1952
  • The Bob and Ray Show (also known as Bob and Ray), NBC, 1952
  • Ruth Martin, Lassie (also known as Timmy and Lassie), CBS,1957-1958
  • Phyllis Lindstrom, Mary Tyler Moore Show, CBS, 1970-1975
  • Title role, Phyllis, CBS, 1975-1977
  • Cohost, The Book of Lists, CBS, 1982
  • Beverly Ann Stickle, The Facts of Life, NBC, 1986-1988
  • Ms. Frick/Mrs. Nutt, The Nutt House, NBC, 1989
  • Emily Collins, Walter & Emily, NBC, 1991
  • Dot Richmond, The Ellen Show, 2001
  • Appeared as Grammy Winthrop, Thanks, CBS; appeared as Sandi Hollinger, a recurring role, That Girl, 1960s.
  • Miniseries
  • Mrs. Jaffrey, Backstairs at the White House, NBC, 1979
  • Multiple roles, Twigs, The Entertainment Channel, 1982
  • Episodic
  • "Night Must Fall," The Ford Theatre Hour, 1948
  • "Here Comes Spring," The Actors' Studio, ABC, 1949
  • "You're Breaking My Heart," The Actors' Studio, ABC, 1949
  • "The Frame-Up," The Actors' Studio, ABC, 1949
  • "O'Halloran's Luck," The Actors' Studio, ABC, 1949
  • "We'll Never Have a Nickel," The Actors' Studio, ABC, 1949
  • "Joe McSween's Atomic Machine," The Actors' Studio, ABC, c. 1949
  • "Payment Deferred," Kraft Television Theatre, NBC, 1949
  • "Pink Strings and Sealing Wax," Kraft Television Theatre, NBC, 1949
  • "Accidentally Yours," Kraft Television Theatre, NBC, 1949
  • Danger, CBS, 1950
  • "Nocturne," The Philco Television Playhouse, NBC, 1950
  • "Sense and Sensibility," The Philco Television Playhouse, NBC, 1950
  • "Moon over Miami," The Billy Rose Show, 1950
  • "A Matter of Life and Death," The Philco Television Playhouse, NBC, 1951
  • "The Foggy Night Visitor," Suspense, CBS, 1951
  • "A Play for Mary," Kraft Television Theatre, NBC, 1951
  • Mrs. Adams, "Screwball," Studio One, 1951
  • "The Bride the Sun Shines On," Kraft Television Theatre, NBC, 1952
  • "The Escape Artist," Danger, 1952
  • "A Date at Midnight," Danger, 1952
  • "The Patsy," Kraft Television Theatre, NBC, 1953
  • "The Catamaran," The Philco Television Playhouse, NBC, 1954
  • "Kitty Foyle," Kraft Television Theatre, NBC, 1954
  • Susan Stanger, "Premonition," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, CBS, 1955
  • "The Life of Vernon Hathaway," Screen Director's Playhouse, NBC and ABC, 1955
  • "You Only Run Once," Zane Grey Theatre, CBS, 1956
  • Flory Tibbs, "Legal Revenge," Gunsmoke, CBS, 1956
  • "The Hanging Tree," Zane Grey Theatre, CBS, 1957
  • Mrs. Templeton, "Don't Interrupt," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, CBS,1958
  • Rita Wallace, "The Dark Room," Alcoa Presents, 1959
  • Mary Ann Belden, "Incident of the Arana Sacar," Rawhide, 1960
  • Beatrice, "Girl with a Secret," Thriller, NBC, 1960
  • "Night Panic," Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, 1960
  • "The Medicine Man," Wanted: Dead or Alive, CBS, 1960
  • "Starfall: Parts 1 & 2," Outlaws, 1960
  • Boni Van Deman, "The Love of Money," Gunsmoke, CBS, 1961
  • Mrs. Fremont, "It's a Good Life," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1961
  • Ginny Whittier, "Man in a Rage," Hawaiian Eye, 1961
  • "The Hunter and the Hunted," Frontier Circus, 1961
  • "Love Is a Skinny Kid," Route 66, CBS, 1962
  • Julie Lima, "Man in the Middle," The Untouchables, ABC, 1962
  • Loretta, "The Nancy Davis Story," Wagon Train, NBC, 1962
  • Caroline Hardy, "Where Beauty Lies," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, CBS, 1962
  • Betty, "The Wrecker," Target: The Corruptors, 1962
  • Zoie Carter, "Trial by Fire," Laramie, NBC, 1962
  • "A Night of Horns and Bells," Saints and Sinners, 1962
  • "Cousin Eunice," Stoney Burke, 1962
  • "Conflict of Interests," The Defenders, 1964
  • "The Caller," A Man Called Shenandoah, 1965
  • Rhoda Kirsh, "The Life Machine," Dr. Kildare, 1965
  • Rhoda Kirsh, "Toast the Golden Couple," Dr. Kildare, 1965
  • Rhoda Kirsh, "Wives and Losers," Dr. Kildare, 1965
  • Rhoda Kirsh, "Aftermath," Dr. Kildare, 1965
  • Gloria Shine, "The Case of the Crafty Kidnapper," Perry Mason, CBS, 1966
  • Fay, "Plunder!" The Big Valley, ABC, 1967
  • "Requiem for a Country Doctor," The Virginian, 1967
  • "The Eight-seven Dollar Bride," The Road West, 1967
  • "And a Killing Rode in Town," The Guns of Will Sonnett, 1967
  • Judy, "Log 141: The Color TV Bandit," Adam-12, 1968
  • "Nightmare," The Name of the Game, 1968
  • Barker's ex-wife, "In Need of a Friend," Mannix, 1968
  • "Angel Day and Her Sunshine Girls," Lancer, 1969
  • "Little Darling of the Sierras," Lancer, 1969
  • "The Land Dreamer," The Virginian, NBC, 1969
  • Jean Cullen, "A Very Special Sailfish," Marcus Welby, M.D., ABC, 1970
  • Marcy Yates, "The Truth, the Whole Truth--and Anything Else That Works,"Storefront Lawyers, CBS, 1971
  • Mrs. Fulton, "You Can't Get Help Like That Anymore," Night Gallery, NBC, 1972
  • Judith Eaton, "Witch, Witch, Burning Bright," The Sixth Sense, ABC, 1972
  • Guest, Front Page Challenge, 1973
  • Phyllis Lindstrom, "Rhoda's Wedding: Parts 1 & 2," Rhoda, 1974
  • Queen Mother, "The New Original Wonder Woman," Wonder Woman, ABC,1975
  • Herself, The Muppet Show, syndicated, 1977
  • Mary Nicholson, "Mr. Marshall's Love Affair," The Associates, 1979
  • Karen Cooper, "Hidden Treasure/Picture from the Past/Ace's Salary," The Love Boat, ABC, 1985
  • Bess Dischinger, "Breakfast with Les and Bess," American Playhouse Theatre, PBS, 1985
  • Mrs. Krebbs, "62 Pick Up," The Facts of Life, 1987
  • Grandma Margaret, Ferris Bueller, 1990
  • Voice of Mrs. Glick, "Three Men and a Comic Book," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1991
  • Enid Powers, "Bill's Dead ... Not," The Powers that Be, CBS, 1992
  • Enid Powers, "Grandma's Big Decision," The Powers that Be, NBC, 1993
  • Clara Mueller, "The Nanny-In-Law," The Nanny, CBS, 1994
  • Storytime, PBS, 1994
  • Beasy, "Beasy Body," Maybe This Time, ABC, 1995
  • Aunt Ethel Mooster, "The Hostage," Promised Land, CBS, 1996
  • Ruth, "Clipped Wings," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1997
  • Ruth, "Inherit the Wind," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1997
  • Ruth, "Nothing but Net," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1997
  • The Pet Shop, Animal Planet, 1997
  • Aunt Ethel Mooster, "Mooster's Revenge," Promised Land, CBS, 1997
  • Beverly Lapeer, "The Step Mommy," Love & Money, c. 1999
  • Mrs. Beaumont, "Norm vs. the Oldest Profession," The Norm Show, 2000
  • Ruth, "Grandma's Shoes," Twice in a Lifetime, PAX, 2000
  • Grandma Ida, "The Grandparents," Malcolm in the Middle, 2001
  • Sudie, "Deadly Mirage: Parts 1 & 2," Diagnosis Murder, 2001
  • Grandma Ida, "Christmas," Malcolm in the Middle, 2001
  • Also appeared in episodes of Telephone Time, ABC; and Trials ofO'Brien, CBS.
  • Other
  • Iris Havlicek, The Love Boat, 1976
  • The Woman Who Willed a Miracle, 1983
  • Stage Appearances
  • A Fatal Weakness, Monaco, 1985
  • Appeared in As You Like It and Come Back, Little Sheba, both Broadway productions.
  • Major Tours
  • Grandma Moses: An American Primitive (solo show), U.S. cities, beginning 1989
  • Appeared as Parthy in a touring production of Show Boat, 1990s.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals
    • Empire, Issue 77, 1995, p. 56
    • Entertainment Weekly, October 22, 1993, p. 52
    • Film Comment, November/December, 1997, p.16
    • People Weekly, February 13, 1995, p. 25; August 9, 1999, p. 131

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