April 19th, 2011
04:05 PM ET
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.
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