She's highly accomplished, raunchy and definitely hilarious. If you've watched any movies or TV shows in the last 50 or so years, you've come to know Oscar-winning actress Cloris Leachman well.
Some of Leachman's most notable roles were Phyllis on "Mary Tyler Moore," Nurse Diesel in "High Anxiety" and Frau Blucher in "Young Frankenstein." More recently she starred as the Great Gam Gam in "Beerfest" and plays the grandma with dementia on Fox's hit show "Raising Hope."
Since Leachman has been in show business for quite a while, there really isn't a ton people don't know about her. But when she visited us at CNN.com to answer iReport questions, we learned some tidbits about Cloris Leachman that you still may not know.
1. Cloris Leachman is in impeccable shape
You may have seen her dancing up a storm on "Dancing with the Stars," but try keeping up with her in person. During her visit to CNN the 85-year-old star did ballet moves on the bar in the elevator, lifted her leg up on a 4-foot high banister in the hallway to stretch and chased one of our employees down a long hallway…and won.
2. Cloris Leachman is a news junkie
While Leachman was in hair and makeup she kept wandering out of her chair to get a glimpse of Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room." She came to CNN during the beginning of the protests in Libya, and before we started our interview she turned the tables and asked us a question: "What's Gadhafi going to do?" When we finished our interview, she headed straight for the newsroom to watch more of the day's headlines unfold on TV.
3. Cloris Leachman's managed by her son
That's right. Leachman keeps her career safe in the hands of her son George Englund Jr. We asked her what it was like to be managed by her son and she jokingly said that from his point of view managing her is like "herding cats. And I think it's true." But from her perspective, she said that "never ever in my life have I been cared for so thoroughly and completely since Georgie started managing me three years ago."
4. Cloris Leachman didn't always want to be an actress
Despite her acclaim, Leachman had a lot of aspirations other than acting. "I did want to be an architect when I was a little girl," the actress revealed, "but I didn't think I could be so I thought, 'well I'll marry an architect.' So I spend all my money changing my houses so they're just perfect the way I love them." In addition to that she wishes she could have been a singer or a Flamenco dancer.
5. The character Cloris Leachman most identifies with is...
Nurse Diesel in Mel Brooks' film "High Anxiety." She then went on to say, "Mel Brooks and I, we forgot that she had a nickname. And we never used it for some reason. Her nickname was Iron Pits which was a good nickname for Charlotte Diesel R.N."
You can catch Cloris Leachman on "Raising Hope'" Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.
HE PAYS BY BEING TREATED LIKE SH0T BY HIS OWN GIRLFRIEND FOR 15 YEARS...
WE ARE AT WAR..FAT HIPS AND WE ALL KNOW YOUR A WEENIE BIMBO..
75 ON.- SHE MADE SOME BLOG FUNDS AND USERNAME FUNDS TONGIHT...
REPORT HER AS ABUSE FOR EVERYTHING..SHE IS USELESS..I HEAR ONE MORE LIE COME OUT OF YOU
MOUTH EXPECT PUBLIC RIDCULE...YOUR NOTHING..I AM HIGHER THEN YOU ARE..I AM WELL LIKED YOU
ARE NOT, EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT YOU DID TOO ME..BY WATCHING....GET LOST YOUR USELESS
GET A HOBBY....YOUR TOO OBESSED ON SOMETHING YOU WILL NEVER WIN WITH....WHEN YOU LIE
YOU NEVER WIN. WITH ME....GET LOST YOUR A HACKING HOE
WE RETRIEVED ALL YOUR GARBAGE...ALL YOU SABOTAGE FROM THIS IP ADDRESS NEVER WORKED....
NOTHING WORKED.. YOU LOST MONEY, YOU LOST YOUR CHATBOT SH-T...YOU LOST...WE WON....
YOU DO NOT WANT ME IN THE CLICK ...EXPECT YOUR NAMES MENTIONED ON CNN IF YOUR FAT WIFE
BOTHERS ME ONE MORE TIME. DO YOU UNDERSTAND...GET A HOBBY..SHE'S NOT DOING ANYTHING
EVERYTIME SHE SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT ME WE HAVE HER 1 HOUR PRIOR HER SH-T...NOTHING WORKS
SHE'S A DEAD END....I AM NOT LEAVING THE SCENE ANYTIME SOON...YOU BOTHER ME I HEAR LIES...
YOU AND I GO TOO WAR HOE...UNDERSTAND?....GET LOST....YOUR LAZY YOUR NOT ME YOU WILL NEVER
BE THE KIND OF PERSON I AM.....YOU JUST CAN'T BEAT ME..YOU WILL NEVER BE THE KIND PERSON I AM
YOU WILL NEVER BE ME.....NOW GET LOST AND GO DO SOMETHING.....THE CHATBOT THING RUINED
YOUR REPUTATION WITH EVERYONE. IT NEVER WORKED, ITS STILL NOT WORKING AND WE NAILED
EVERYTHING...NOW GO TELL MORE LIES BECAUSE YOU WILL NEVER WIN ...EVER NOT WITH ME...AND
LYING YOU NEVER WIN...HUN1
YOU LIED ABOUT THE CHATBOT WHICH NEVER WORKED FOR YOU AND WE NAILED, YOU LIED ABOUT EVERYTHING ELSE...I SLEPT WITH 50 MEN...YOU ARE AT WAR WITH ME...DO YOU UNDERSTAND..YOU A FKING WEENIE CHICK ANYWAY..YOUR TOUGH BEHIND A COMPUTER BUT THAT IS ABOUT IT. YOU WANT ME EXCLUDED BUT YOU WANT TOO BUST MY CHOPS? NOT HAPPENING......I BLOW BUMS ON THE STREET
IS WAR...YOUR LAZY AND DO NOTHING ALL DAY BUT THIS.
THAT WAS NOT IN YOUR FAVOR EITHER--YOUR LAZY AND YOU DO NOTHING ALL DAY...
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Cloris Leachman is an inspiration to all...I love her quirky, funny and unpredictable sense of humer. Her timing is impecable. She and Betty White would be GREAT together in a sitcom as sisters.... Hope it happens! She is one FUNNY lady and makes many laugh at what someday we might all be faced with. LOVE HER!!
She took over for Mrs. Garrett on the "Facts of Life" on the last seasons and raised Blair, Jo, Natalie and Tootie!
Love her in Raising Hope. That is one of the best new shows on TV right now. She really makes the whole show. Her character is perfect. I love it when she is lucid and starts yelling at everyone, then snaps back into crazy.
She is a strongest survivor of her own era. Good for her to keep going!
Cloris Leachman also used to be good friends with Marlon Brando. Reportedly even had an affair with him, but she denies it.
Love the lady. Does anyone remember her in, "A Girl Named Sooner"? That was an excellent movie!
She's a funny ol' gal ! I wish her well !
Cloris Leachman is an icon and an inspiration. I wish I would be like her in my 80s! I love her!!!
She also originated the role of Dunreath Henry in Jean Kerr's play "King of Hearts" (Lyceum Theater, 1 April 1954) - not to mention Phyllis Lindstrom on "Mary Tyler Moore" and her own spinoff, "Phyllis". What a gal.
i like miss leechman i hope i an do the same at her age
We graduated from the same high school! Different year;)
You should also know that Cloris is a 9th degree black-belt.
I didn't know that, and she kicked my azz.
Mrs. Thing is right. She was great in "Wonder Woman" with Lynda Carter! Perfect choice for Diana's mother!
I wanna be Cloris Leachman when I grow up. Guess that means the wiener has to go!
6. Her show on now SUCKS 7. Question her ability to judge news, CNN? ROFLOL
She's an est graduate and that's tops in my book.
Leachman's film debut was in Kiss Me Deadly, as a hitchhiker wearing nothing except a trench coat.
because she watches cnn she is a "news junkie"...best line of the day..couldnt stop laughing
The lady is an inspiration.
Loved her as Queen Hippolyta in the pilot episode of Lynda Carter's "Wonder Woman."
While dumb, funny
If you consider her terrible in any Mel Brooks movie, you have NO idea what funny is.
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