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Could talkin' dirty earn Emmy queen Cloris Leachman award No. 10?

August 19, 2008 |  3:47 pm

All-time Emmy champ Cloris Leachman may be 82 but as she showed on this weekend's Comedy Central roast of Bob Saget, there is plenty of life in the ole girl yet.

Her raunchy routine caused plenty of gasps and guffaws on the dais and could well earn her another Emmy nomination. After all, two of her record eight prime-time wins were for her appearances on variety shows. And last year's roast of William Shatner got a nod as best variety, comedy or music special (it lost to "Tony Bennett: An American Classic").


Leachman picked up the first of her 21 Emmy nods for her supporting work on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" in 1972, just weeks after winning the supporting actress Oscar for her appearance in "The Last Picture Show." While she lost that first race to her on-screen nemesis Valerie Harper and Sally Struthers ("All in the Family") she was back the following year and won lead actress in a telefilm ("A Brand New Life," 1973). Since then, she has shown what a utility player she is with those 8 Emmy wins spread across seven categories.

For her work on "MTM," she first won supporting actress in a comedy series in 1974 and then single performance by a supporting actress in a comedy or drama series in 1975. That year Leachman also took home continuing or single performance by a supporting actress in a variety show for a guest spot on "Cher." She won the current category — individual performance in a variety program — back in 1984 for "Screen Actors Guild 50th Anniversary Celebration." More recently, she won guest actress in a drama series ("Promised Land," 1998) and guest actress in a comedy series ("Malcolm in the Middle," 2002, 2006). And if you include the Daytime Emmy Leachman won in 1983 for her performance in the children's drama "The Woman Who Willed a Miracle" her tally is a staggering nine statues.

And Leachman's closest competition? With seven wins apiece — her old boss, Mary Tyler Moore (5 lead actress in a comedy series — "The Dick Van Dyke Show," 1964, 1966 and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," 1973, 1974, 1976; actress of the year, 1974; and supporting actress in a telefilm or mini-series, "Stolen Babies," 1993) and fellow "MTM" supporting player Ed Asner (supporting actor in a comedy series, "MTM," 1971, 1972, 1975; single performance by a lead actor, "Rich Man, Poor Man," 1976; single performance by a supporting actor, "Roots," 1977; and lead actor in a drama series, "Lou Grant," 1978, 1980).

(ATAS, Comedy Central)