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Old 05-30-2019, 07:42 PM   #1
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Question Cloris Leachman's beginnings

What was her career/reputation like pre-1971?

It sort of seems (to the Leachman uninformed like me) that she suddenly became a respected comedian and Oscar winning dramatic actress all of a sudden.
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She worked a lot pre-1971. It looks like the most notable role for her up to then was playing Ruth Martin in 28 episodes of Lassie.

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Miss Leachman has worked steadily if not always prominently as a performer ever since she won Miss Chicago in 1946!

One thing about her actual origins that seem a bit unconventional is that in her bio she revealed that she found out in her teens that her namesake mother had been married to a man other than her legal father that Miss Leachman had never previously heard of when she was conceived but that that Mr. Leachman WAS her actual father.
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