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Cloris Leachman

Cloris Leachman was born in Des Moines, Iowa April 30, 1926. At 15, she was spotted in a production of "Cradle Song" and offered a scholarship to study theater at Northwestern University. The following year, she won the title of Miss Chicago and was runner-up in the 1946 Miss America Pageant. Cloris used her $1,000 winnings to move to New York, where she was chosen by Elia Kazan to become member of the original Actors Studio. The exposure brought her more stage work and opened the door to television. In 1953, she married fellow actor George Englund and moved to Hollywood, where her career flourished. Over the next two decades, Cloris had starring and guest starring roles in just about every TV comedy and drama of the era, including Lassie, Gunsmoke , The Twilight Zone, Route 66, 77 Sunset Strip, Dr. Kildare, Adam-12 and Mannix.

After a memorable big-screen turn in 1969's Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Cloris was cast in the landmark sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She starred opposite Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White, Valerie Harper, and Georgia Engel. Cloris played Mary's busybody neighbor Phyllis Lindstrom, earning multiple Emmys and her own spinoff, Phyllis. During that same time, she won an Oscar for her performance in Peter Bogdonavich's The Last Picture Show, and had roles in several Mel Brooks films, including High Anxiety.

During the '80s and '90s, Cloris continued to work steadily in TV and film. After a stint on The Facts of Life, she starred in a multitude of made-for-TV movies and made frequent guest appearances on several hit shows. Her big screen credits included Prancer, Texasville and as Granny in 1993's The Beverly Hillbillies. She also lent her voice to numerous animated projects. Cloris continues to work harder than ever. She appeared in the films The Longest Yard, Sky High and Spanglish, the latter earning her a Screen Actors Guild nomination. On TV, she had recurring roles on Ellen, Touched by an Angel and Malcolm in the Middle. At age 82, Cloris became the oldest contestant to ever appear on Dancing with the Stars, proving she's nowhere near slowing down.

Currently, Cloris has a guest starring role on TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland as "Peg."

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Hot in Cleveland TV Schedule

Tuesday
June 28
4:27am
Magic Diet Candy
Joy's mom meets her new family members at Wilbur's christening. To avoid friction with her mom, Joy makes her son Owen pretend to be someone else. Elka touches up a church fresco. Victoria's incessant Emmet talk annoys Melanie.
TV-PG
5:00am
Extras
Melanie seeks perfection but ends up "fake-porning" her first time with Alec. Joy meets a forbidden love interest on Victoria and Emmet's movie set. Elka and Mamie are bad influences on the baby. Guest star: Georgia Engel
TV-PG
Wednesday
June 29
4:21am
The Conversation
Victoria has doubts about her relationship with Emmet when a woman from his past shows up. Melanie and Elka deal with an unwanted house guest. Joy falls for a handsome doctor who has just one flaw. Guest Stars: Heather Dubrow
TV-PG
4:54am
The Anger Games
Melanie sets Joy up with her boyfriend's friend, Bill. Elka takes over as Victoria's agent. Secrets and gossip circulate and come to a head at the ladies' monthly game night.
TV-14
Thursday
June 30
4:30am
Fast and Furious
At a spa retreat, Joy tests her sleuthing skills on a suspicious Yogi. Victoria learns what being a responsible friend means. Mamie confronts Elka's bossiness. Melanie hallucinates while fasting. Guest Star: Georgia Engel
TV-14
5:00am
What Now, My Love?
Victoria's movie is ending and she's unsure where that leaves her relationship with Emmet. Melanie wonders where her relationship with Alec is going. Joy uncovers something mysterious about Elka. Guest stars:Dave Foley
TV-PG