Cloris Leachman biography
I Can Only Imagine
Date of Birth: April 30, 1926
Cloris Leachman has starred in a wide range of theater, television and motion picture projects, creating such indelible characters as Phyllis in the TV series Phyllis and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Nurse Diesel in High Anxiety, Frau Bluecher in Young Frankenstein and Ruth Popper in The Last Picture Show (for which she won an Oscar and a BAFTA).
The native of Des Moines, Iowa attended Northwestern University on a theater scholarship, eventually becoming a member of New York's original Actor's Studio and making her Broadway debut in Sundown Beach.
Since then, Leachman has gone on to play roles in more than 50 feature films, six television series, 35 telefeatures, a dozen television specials and 24 theatrical productions, including the recent and popular revival of Showboat.
Other feature film credits include 50 Violins (playing Meryl Streep's mother) and Hanging Up (in which she played the mother of Diane Keaton, Meg Ryan and Lisa Kudrow).
Other awards include a Daytime Emmy for the TV movie The Woman Who Willed a Miracle (1983), two nighttime Emmys for her role in Mary Tyler Moore and five more Emmys for various projects, including the sitcom Malcolm in the Middle. For her tv series Phyllis, she won a Golden Globe and she has also received a Star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.