More Cloris Leachman Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Bad Santa)Cloris Leachman's five-decade career in film, television and theatre has brought her six Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, a British Academy Award and an Oscar. A runner-up in the Miss America Pageant, Leachman was chosen by Elia Kazan in 1947 to become a member of the original Actor's Studio. In 1955, she made her screen debut in Kiss Me Deadly. She then took the role of the mother on television's Lassie. A wide range of screen roles followed, ranging from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid to The Last Picture Show, which brought Leachman the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, to the Mel Brooks comedy Young Frankenstein. Leachman's fame took off in 1970 when she took the role of Mary Richards' neighbor Phyllis on the classic sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which brought her two Emmy Awards and four nominations. In 1976, Leachman garnered another Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe Award for the spinoff series Phyllis.
More recently, Leachman won an Emmy and was honored with two more nominations for her role as Grandma Ida in the popular sitcom Malcolm in the Middle. Other recent work includes playing Dot Richmand on The Ellen Show, and roles in the feature films Music of the Heart and Alex & Emma. She will next be seen in The Californians, based on the Henry James novel.
Bio courtesy Dimension Films for "Bad Santa" (02-Dec-2003)