One of the reasons "The Last Picture Show" is my favorite movie of all time is the performance of the actress who won the Oscar for her performance in it — and who is entertaining audiences at the Laguna Playhouse this weekend.
Cloris Leachman, a true living legend at 84, has had a career most people in show business would kill for. Apart from her Oscar, she's won eight prime time Emmy awards — more than any other female performer — for her work on TV's "Mary Tyler Moore Show" and the title role in its spinoff, "Phyllis" — and a Daytime Emmy award.
She also has the distinction of being the oldest contestant, at 82, on "Dancing With the Stars." She lasted through the sixth round before being voted off.
She may have broken a few hearts in "The Last Picture Show," but there's no funnier actress around than Cloris Leachman. Check out her performances in three Mel Brooks movies — "Young Frankenstein," "High Anxiety" and "History of the World, Part I."