Cloris by Cloris Leachman
My Autobiography

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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.

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 and the television studios of L.A., Cloris's journey has been filled with laughter and tears, marriage and motherhood, tragedy and triumph. Along the way, she shares wonderfully revealing anecdotes about Marlon Brando, Meryl Streep, Dianne Keaton, Sissy Spacek, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, the Kennedy family, and many more. Funny, frank, brilliant, and altogether human, this is the real Cloris Leachman as you've never seen her before.

Sparkling praise for Cloris!

"Funny, gimlet-eyed and unpretentious--someone get this woman a talk show." --Kirkus Reviews

"She lives what she preaches." --Library Journal

About Cloris Leachman

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George Englund, seventy-eight, is a writer, producer, and director. He directed Marlon Brando in the 1963 film The Ugly American. He lives in Palm Springs, California, with his dog, Eli.
Published March 12, 2010 by Kensington. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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San Francisco Chronicle

Cloris Leachman performs during the first night of a three night gig at the Rrazz room at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, Calif., on Tuesday, June 1, 2010.

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From Frau Blücher in Young Frankenstein to the divine narcissist Phyllis Lindstrom of Mary Tyler Moore: Nobody does Menopausal Crazy like Cloris Leachman.

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LA Times

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Cloris Leachman -- yes, the Cloris Leachman of "Young Frankenstein" fame -- touts the benefits of a vegetarian diet in the animal-rights group's latest ad.

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Library Journal

She shares her career and marriage highs and lows (her ex-husband is coauthor and the love of her life, though they are not together) and dishes on actors and lovers (e.g., Brando, Gene Hackman, Bobby Darin) in an entertaining though distracted way.

Mar 11 2009 | Read Full Review of Cloris: My Autobiography

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