January 01, 2009 12:00 PM by Paulene Hinds
Oscar winning actress and Dancing With the Stars contestant, Cloris Leachman, was once again in the spotlight as she rang in the New Year by leading the Tournament of Roses Parade this morning. The fiesty 82 year old spoke to the Los Angeles Timesabout beingthe Grand Marshal andsaid, “Never in my most un-lucid moments had I imagined it. I’m a great-grandmother, and I’m shocked they were even aware of me in this regard.”
How can anyone, not be aware of this unstoppable woman who has more energy than most women half her age? Cloris Leachman is fiesty, witty, charming and graceful and when ABC re-introduced her to us on Dancing With the Stars, she proved that you don’t have to be the best dancer to win the hearts of Americans. She lasted much longer than anyone had anticipated, much to the fear of the censors on the hit show, who were never sure what she may say or do!
This year’s tournament theme is Hats Off to Entertainment and the president of the tournament said, “Cloris Leachman is perfect for our theme, Hats Off to Entertainment. As an actress of stage, screen and television, a comedian and now even a dancer, she is more than representative of the vast world of entertainment. I can’t think of an individual who better personifies the spirit of our theme.”
Although Cloris Leachman admits that she has always been too busy to watch the full parade on New Year’s day, she is excited to be able to share this experience with her great-grandchildren this year and may even make the parade a new family tradition.
“I am thrilled, beyond thrilled,” she said in the Times interview. “Well, shocked and thrilled, really.”
Cloris Leachman shows no sign of stopping anytime soon. Since her appearance on Dancing With the Stars she has starred in a remake of the 1939 classic movie, The Women, with Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Candice Bergen and Carrie Fisher And she will star in an upcoming episode of NBC’s The Office with Jack Black and Jessica Alba.
She also recently wrapped up shooting Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds with Brad Pitt in Berlin and in the New Year her projects include New York, I Love You with Natalie Portman, Love Takes Wing directed by Lou Diamond Phillips and American Cowslip with Val Kilmer.
How can this lady keep up the pace that she does? “I just do it,” Cloris Leachman said adding, “I never know what the other part of me is going to do. I think there’s more than one of me.”
Photo Credit: Daylife
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