CLORIS LEACHMAN (Gran) is a true Hollywood icon and one of the most accomplished and beloved American actresses of stage, film and television. She has won eight Primetime Emmy Awards -- more than any other performer-and one Daytime Emmy Award. She also won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in the film, The Last Picture Show, for which she also garnered a BAFTA Award. Her long career covers television dramas and comedies from television's Golden Age in the 1950s until today. Recently the TV Guide Network ranked her as one of the Funniest Women on TV.
Currently one of the stars of Fox's Raising Hope, Leachman's many television credits include Lassie, The Twilight Zone, Facts of Life and Malcolm in the Middle. She won an Emmy Award for her portrayal of Phyllis Lindstrom in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, a character so beloved that she was spun off into her own series, Phyllis.
Equally at home on the big screen, Leachman's feature credits include Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety, History of the World: Part 1 and Spanglish. This year will see her in the release of Gambit with Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz, and Adult World, in which she stars with Emma Roberts and John Cusack.
The irrepressible Leachman's performance on Dancing with the Stars was one of the most talked about in the series' history.
Leachman was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2011 and has her own star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She resides in Los Angeles and spends much of her time with her children and her five grandchildren.
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