‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ Star Cloris Leachman: Her Successful Career and Youthful Look at 93
Cloris Leachman, the legendary actress who has won more Emmy Awards than anybody else, is 93 years old nowadays and still looks youthful and beautiful.
Born in April 1926, Leachman’s career began in theatres, portraying Nellie Forbush in the highly acclaimed “South Pacific.” From that point on, she started getting more parts on TV series like “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and “One Step Beyond.”
Leachman credited her health and aging ability to her mindset and her diet.
Cloris Leachman on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”
One of her first major roles on TV was that of Phyllis Lindstrom on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” Her character appeared on screen several times in the first two seasons next to actors as famous as Valerie Harper.
She was a controlling, egotistical, and often arrogant person who was married to Lars, a dermatologist who was never shown on camera.
Due to the popularity of her character, she got a spin-off titled “Phyllis,” in which several aspects of her past were revealed. Her portrayal of Phyllis Lindstrom in both shows was so good that she received one Golden Globe and two Primetime Emmy Awards.
Apart from that, Leachman portrayed Ruth Popper in the 1971 drama film “The Last Picture Show.”
She competed on “Dancing with the Stars”
That role won the actress one Oscar, one BAFTA, one Kansas City Film Critics, and one National Board of Review Award. At the moment, Leachman is the actress with more Emmy Awards (eight Primetime and one Daytime).
Apart from her incredible acting skills, she proved to be a very good dancer, as well. She appeared on the seventh season of “Dancing with the Stars” at 82 and became the oldest contestant to have ever appeared on the show so far. She and her partner Corky Ballas placed seventh.
Her marriage to George Englund
As per her romantic life, she married producer George Englund in 1953 and got divorced in 1979. During their time together, they had four sons and one daughter: Bryan, Morgan, Adam, Dina, and George. Unfortunately, Bryan passed away in 1986.
Some of her children are involved in the entertainment industry, too. Morgan, for instance, is an actor who appeared on the soap opera “Guiding Light” between the 80s and early 90s.
Details of her marriage in her autobiography
In 2009, Leachman published a memoir titled “Cloris: My Autobiography.” One of the most shocking events she mentioned in it was how British star Joan Collins, best known as Alexis Carrington in the 80s soap opera “Dynasty,” tried to steal her husband.
The affair took place in the 50s. Collins went as far as to call Leachman one day to declare her love for Englund, adding that they used to see each other every day.
Days later, a newspaper reported that Collins and Englund “played” a love scene. After that, Collins called Leachman again to give her more details about her relationship with Englund.
Despite that difficult period in Leachman and Englund’s relationship, it was not enough to break their marriage. In fact, Collins ended the affair when she found out that Englund had slept with Leachman during their romance.
Scientists used her genes in a study of healthy aging
The vitality and longevity of the 93-year-old actress have surprised not only her fans but also scientists who, in 2011, included her in a study to unlock aging secrets named “Wellderly.”
As NBC reported, Leachman credited her health and aging ability to her mindset and her diet. Apart from having a great sense of humor, she confessed that she had not eaten red meat in five decades.
At the moment, the 93-year-old actress is still very active in the entertainment industry. She is expected to appear in the upcoming film “When We Last Spoke,” which will be released later this year.
Apart from that, she is portraying Mrs. Mandelbaum on the NBC sitcom “Mad About You.”