Cloris Leachman in Bakersfield

January 7, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720,

Academy Award, and nine time Emmy winner Cloris Leachman will workshop her new one woman show CLORIS! In Bakersfield before embarking on a 11 city US tour.

CLORIS! will play for 1 performance only at the:
Doré Theater
California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93311

Performance: Thursday, Feb 14th
Time: 8:00pm
Tickets: $25.00
Information and tickets: 322-5200 or 888-825-5484
or online at

In her One Woman Show, nine Emmy award winner Cloris Leachman strides onto a new stage in her life. Well, not a completely new stage, the show derives its substance from when, at the age of seven, she began studying singing and became a concert quality pianist. Not only will Cloris re-create moments from some of her most famous performances - Ruth Popper in The Last Picture Show, (for which she won her Oscar), Phyllis in the Mary Tyler Moore show, Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein and Nurse Diesel in High Anxiety - she will tell anecdotes of her experiences in creating those roles and the people she worked with.

Cloris will sing as she did when she played the lead in South Pacific on Broadway and she will display her amazing command of the piano.

Shake hands with the newest diva in live entertainment.

For interview requests contact Charles Lago 760 564 3112 or E-Mail

Cloris Leachman Biography:

Cloris Leachman has won numerous awards during her lengthy career. She won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in The Last Picture Show (1971), based on the best selling book by Larry McMurtry. Cloris has also won a record-setting eight primetime and one daytime Emmy Award and been nominated over 20 times for her work in television over the years, most notably as the character of neighbor/landlady/nosy friend Phyllis Lindstrom on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The character was a fixture on the program for five years and was subsequently featured in a spinoff series, Phyllis (1975-1977), for which Leachman garnered a Golden Globe award. In 1978 she won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago theatre. She has voice acted in numerous animated films, including My Little Pony: The Movie, The Iron Giant, and most notably as the voice of the cantankerous sky pirate Dola in Hayao Miyazaki's 1986 feature Castle in the Sky. Dubbed by Disney in 1998, Leachman's performance in this film received nearly unanimous praise.

Leachman played embittered, greedy, Slavic "Grandma Ida" on the Fox sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, for which she won two Emmy Awards, both for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (once in 2002, then again in 2006). She was nominated for the same role in that category for six consecutive years.

She was nominated for a SAG Award for her role as the wine-soaked, former jazz singer and Grandmother Evelyn in the Sony feature Spanglish opposite Adam Sandler and Tea Leoni. That same year she appeared with Sandler again, in the remake of The Longest Yard. She also appeared in Kurt Russells' comedy Sky High.

In 2006, Leachman's performance alongside Sir Ben Kingsley and Annette Bening in the HBO special Mrs. Harris earned her an Emmy nomination for outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or TV movie as well as a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries.

On May 14, 2006, she was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Drake University.

Cloris recently wrapped two films, a remake of The Woman with an all-star cast that features Eva Mendez, Meg Ryan, Annette Benning, Debra Messing, Candice Bergen and Bette Midler. Cloris also recently completed an independant film American Cowslip featuring Val Kilmer, Peter Falk, Rip Torn, Hanna Hall, Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern.

Cloris is in the process of writing her memoir which will be published in the fall of 2008 and is touring the U.S. with her one woman show.