Cloris Leachman (born April 30, 1926) is an American actor of stage, film and television. She has won eight Primetime Emmy Awards more than any other performer and one Daytime Emmy Award. She co-starred in the 1971 film The Last Picture Show for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Leachman’s longest running role was the nosy, self-centred and manipulative property owner Phyllis Lindstrom on the 1970s TV series Mary Tyler Moore, and later on the spinoff series, Phyllis. She also appeared in three Mel Brooks’s films, including Young Frankenstein. She had a regular role on the last two seasons of The Facts of Life portraying the character Beverly Ann Stickle. In recent years, she had a recurring role as Lois’s mother Ida Gorski on Malcolm in the Middle. She also starred in the roast of Bob Saget in 2008. Cloris Leachman was a contestant on Season 7 (2008) of Dancing with the Stars, paired with Corky Ballas. At the age of 82, she was the oldest contestant to dance on the series.
Leachman was the grand marshal for the 2009 New Year’s Day Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, California. She presided over the 120th parade, the theme being “Hats Off to Entertainment”, and the 95th Rose Bowl game. Cloris Leachman stated that she had been working in the movies for money. The experts stated on her comment that, it is a very daring thing to say as none of the actors commit that they work for money.