Cloris Leachman

Last week’s post for the BoFN. If you’re a fan of Cloris Leachman, you will enjoy this one.

The Blog of Funny Names

Many of you know I no longer watch television. So it may come as a surprise, that today’s post is inspired by the cancellation of a television show: Raising Hope.

For me, the gem of the show was “Maw Maw,” played by Cloris Leachman. This woman possesses quite a performance pedigree.

Let’s start at the beginning. Born to Berkeley Claiborne “Buck” Leachman and Cloris (Wallace) Leachman on April 30, 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa. I loved that she was named after her mother.

Cloris Leachman in 1970. Cloris Leachman in 1970.

She won the title of Miss Chicago in 1946 putting her squarely in the 20th Miss America Pageant. It’s not surprising her film and television career started shortly after.

She majored in Drama at Illinois State University and Northwestern University, becoming a method actor. You may have noticed her love of props.

Let’s not forget the crop of classmates who graduated…

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