‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ Legend Cloris Leachman Once Revealed Famed Actress She ‘Couldn’t Stand’

by Suzanne Halliburton
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Cloris Leachman, who starred in the Mary Tyler Moore Show, wasn’t a shy sort. She often gave her opinion, sometimes outrageous, on a variety of subjects. But that was the kind of actress she was.

Take when she was promoting her book, Cloris: My Autobiography. She did an interview with journalist Jenny Stewart in 2009. There wasn’t a subject that was off-limits, although her son was there beside her to help herself edit.

Leachman, the winner of eight Emmys and an Academy Award, just couldn’t tolerate boredom. That was a deal-breaker if you wanted to be her friend. After all, she was anything but boring. Leachman checked all the boxes.

She was talented — the Mary Tyler Moore Show was just one of many TV series she was. Leachman was beautiful — she was Miss Chicago in 1946. She could tell a good joke. And she tried new things, no matter her age. In her early 80s, she was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars.

Mary Tyler Moore Star Got On a Tangent About This Boring Couple

Leachman got on a tangent about a Hollywood super couple — Paul Newman and his wife, Joanne Woodward.

Now, Newman was a Hollywood heartthrob. He could do it all. Newman won an Academy Award and at age 70, his racing team won the 24 Hours at Daytona crown. He also was a big businessman. Maybe you’ve tried some of his salad dressings.

Woodward, who also was an Academy Award winner, was his devoted wife. They met in 1953, when Newman was starring in Picnic, his first Broadway play. They fell in love, although Newman still was married to his first wife. Newman and Woodward got married in 1958. When Newman died of lung cancer in 2008, the couple had been married for 50 years.

But according to Leachman, Newman and Woodward were boring. The interviewer asked Leachman about Woodward and if the two talked. It seems that Leachman described Woodward as the B word (boring) while on the Howard Stern show. Had the two talked at that point?

“Well, no because we don’t talk at all,” Leachman said.  “I can’t stand her. I wish I knew [why], you know?  Because it bothers me that I can’t stand her, but I couldn’t stand [Paul Newman] either. I mean, they were boring! In fact, I told Paul a joke one night – we were shooting a film at night – and about four or five hours later, he came back and told me the same joke.”

Before Leachman found a TV home as Phyllis in the Mary Tyler Moore Show, she starred in a variety of movies. She was in the cast of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, one of Newman’s top movies. It was the top-grossing film of 1969 and it won four Oscars, including two for its music.

Leachman won her Academy Award three years later for the Last Picture Show.

Hollywood mourned her death in January. Leachman was 94 when she died of natural causes.

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