Today would have been my mother’s 83rd birthday. She died in October of 2013.
I have long been obsessed with The Mary Tyler Moore Show and had the pleasure of meeting Ed Asner and Cloris Leachman who shares a birthday with my late mother.
Cloris Leachman born 4/30/26 Des Moines, Iowa.
Graduated from Northwestern University.
As Miss Illinois competed for Miss America in 1946.
She was classmates with Paul Lynde.
Studied acting under Elia Kazan at the Actors Studio in NYC.
She preceded June Lockhart as Timmy’s mom in Lassie.
She was in the Twilight Zone episode “It’s a Good Life” with Bill Mumy.
Won 8 primetime Emmy awards, more than anyone else, and 1 daytime Emmy award.
Best known for her role as Phyllis Lindstrom on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Phyllis.
She won an Academy Award for her performance in The Last Picture Show.