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Happy Family: 1954

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Happy Family: 1954

April 1954. New York. "Actress Cloris Leachman at home with husband George Englund and baby Adam." The future Oscar and Emmy winner would be coming soon to the big screen in the 1955 noir classic Kiss Me Deadly. 35mm negative from photos by Phillip Harrington for Look magazine. View full size.

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A very young Cloris Leachman in Premonition. I was startled at how beautiful she was in the show. Even in 1955, her talent showed.

A Grand Entrance

I count Leachman's entrance in "Kiss Me Deadly" as the best first appearance of any actor/actress in any film. The image of her running up the highway in the night in stark fear immediately sucks the audience into the drama before the opening credits have finished. Great debut appearance for a very fine actress, and one of my very favorite films, which also includes the earliest appearance of a telephone answering machine I've ever seen.

Earning her Oscar

As Ruth Popper in The Last Picture Show:

Adam is on Twitter

And there's no doubt who his Daddy is, he's the spitting image of George.

George and Cloris split in 1979.

Ida

Looking much friendlier here than as the evil grandmother on Malcolm in the Middle almost five decades later.

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