I confess, I watch Dancing With the Stars. I’ve watched since the first season. Mostly I enjoy the dancing and the costumes. I love watching Max’s (one of the pros) butt twitch. I adore Bruno’s (one of the judges) insane metaphors. It also presents more than its fair share of opportunities to be snarky.
And it offers up …
Enter from whatever side of the stage she wants – Cloris Leachman!
The DWTS web site bio for Cloris reads:
Actress Cloris Leachman's storied career has been recognized with nine Emmys, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award. She has the distinction of being the only woman to win eight Primetime Emmy Awards and one Daytime Emmy. Leachman has starred in a wide range of theater, television and motion picture projects, creating such indelible characters as Phyllis in the TV series Phyllis and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein, Nurse Diesel in High Anxiety, and Ruth Popper in The Last Picture Show (for which she won an Oscar and a BAFTA). In 2008 she has already completed three new films; The Women, American Cowslip and New York I Love You. She is in the process of writing her memoir and is currently touring the U.S. with her one-woman show CLORIS!
82 years old! She makes me feel old. I know that Jane Seymour (prior season) and Susan Lucci (this season) are both recognized for looking wonderful at their age BUT come on – neither is near 82 and both have that pained emaciated look of women who try to hard. Cloris just is. She looks healthy and robust. She doesn’t wear make-up during the filmed rehearsals and she glows. She is my heroine and I want to grow up to be just like her.
I adored her Phyllis character. I know Mary was everyone’s darling of the working girls and Rhoda was everyone’s favorite wise cracking tough girl but Phyllis was the most wonderful blend of sarcasm and grace. As is Cloris.
I saw Cloris on the Comedy Central Roast for Bob Saget. It was hosted by John Stamos. She opened with – “I haven’t come here to roast Bob Saget, I’ve come here to fuck John Stamos”.
Imagine my delight when I tuned in to watch her first night on DWTS – Lord I wish it was on cable, just for her segments. ABC censors must be on high alert. And she did not disappoint. Besides looking wonderful and joyful she danced beautifully. And she looked like she could care less about anything but the moment.
She shamelessly flirts with the judges; she openly offers them sexual favors and money. She caused the stuffy elder judge to plead “please remove your cleavage from my eyes”. She responded by encouraging him to become her ‘toy boy’. In all the seasons I don’t remember the backstage inane chatter ever being bleeped. They bleeped Cloris numerous times!
I’m sure Cloris won’t go too far in the competition. And I know she doesn’t care. She will simply be outrageous and free and a joy to behold for as long as she’s there and then she’ll move on. So much to do with the second half of her life.
I got these photos from the DWTS site.
Behold the glory that is Cloris Leachman.