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Cloris
Cloris Leachman

Kensington
April 2009
On Sale: April 1, 2009
Featuring: Cloris Leachman
384 pages
ISBN: 0758229631
EAN: 9780758229632
Hardcover
$24.00
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Non-Fiction Memoir

She received two Emmy Awards as the irrepressible Phyllis on The Mary Tyler Moor Show…she won an Oscar for her supporting role as a frustrated housewife in The Last Picture Show…she delighted audiences with her deliciously villainous turns as Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein and Nurse Diesel in High Anxiety…and she earned even more award nominations playing a hard-drinking grandmother in Spanglish.

But who, really, is Cloris Leachman?

She’s one of the most acclaimed, and unpredictable, actresses of our time. Transforming herself with every role, Cloris Leachman has been dazzling audiences for decades with her unusual gift for both comedy and drama. She’s appeared in 11 Broadway plays, 57 films, and 137 television shows—and has earned 16 awards and 23 nominations. Now, for the first time, the incomparable Cloris Leachman reflects on her amazing life and illustrious career…

From her hometown in Des Moines, Iowa (where she first saw Katharine Hepburn perform on stage, never imagining they would one day do Shakespeare together) to the bright lights of Broadway (where she had to work up the nerve to sing for Rogers and Hammerstein to get the lead in South Pacific) to the television studios of L.A. (where she hopped on producer James Brooks’s lap to land the role of Phyllis), Cloris’s journey has been filled with laughter and tears, marriage and motherhood, tragedy and triumph.

With surprising candor, she talks about her experiences at the Actor’s Studio, her “Peck’s bad boy” behavior on the set of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, her work with Mel Brooks and other filmmakers, her return to sitcoms with The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Malcolm in the Middle, and her difficulty shaking off the roles she immerses herself in. She shares wonderfully revealing anecdotes about her co-stars and friends: Marlon Brando, Meryl Streep, Dianne Keaton, Sissy Spacek, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, and the Kennedy family. She reveals her source of inspiration behind High Anxiety (giant fake breasts) and The Last Picture Show (a disturbing childhood incident). Finally, she speaks frankly about being a celebrity icon, trying to balance her family, career, and boundless creativity energy.

This is the real Cloris Leachman as you’ve never seen her before.

Media Buzz

Wendy Williams - September 29, 2011
Chelsea Lately - April 12, 2010
Live with Regis and Kelly - August 28, 2009
The Bonnie Hunt Show - August 18, 2009
Fresh Air - NPR - June 3, 2009
The Bonnie Hunt Show - April 14, 2009
The O'Reilly Factor - April 3, 2009
Entertainment Tonight - April 2, 2009
Entertainment Tonight - April 1, 2009
Live with Regis and Kelly - April 1, 2009
Good Morning America - April 1, 2009

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