“The Last Picture Show” star Leachman, 82, who won an Oscar in 1971 for her supporting part, will be the oldest contender to compete on America’s second-most-watched show.
Oldest Contestant Leachman
The previous oldest contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” was 66-year-old veteran actor George Hamilton, according to the Walt Disney Co-owned network.
Currently on tour in her one-woman show, “Cloris!” Leachman recently finished production on three new films. In 2006, she became the first actress since Mary Tyler Moore to win eight Primetime Emmys in her career, eclipsing her previous record of seven, which she achieved playing the conceited Phyllis on Moore’s programme in the 1970s.
Best Memorable Performance of Leachman
For her memorable performance as Frau Blucher in Mel Brooks’ classic horror parody, “Young Frankenstein,” she is also well-known.
Susan Lucci, who plays the sultry entrepreneur and self-styled media mogul Erica Kane on the daytime serial opera “All My Children,” will be joining Cloris Leachman this autumn on “Dancing.”
“All My Children” actress Susan Lucci finally won a Daytime Emmy Award as best actress in 1999, after being nominated for a record 18 consecutive years.
Sept. 22 is the premiere date for the seventh season of “Dancing,” which features 13 celebrities competing against each other and professional dancers.
Two Olympic gold medalists — beach volleyball champion Misty May-Treanor from the Beijing Games and track star Maurice Green from Sydney and Athens — also appeared on the most recent season, as did Lance Bass, a Grammy-winning R&B sensation and former member of the pop singing duo “N Sync.”
Kim Kardashian, an actress-model who recently joined the cast, will continue to appear on the show despite needing emergency foot surgery on Sunday night. According to a spokesperson, she will continue with rehearsals after making some minor alterations to her footwear.
On ABC’s hit show, Leachman becomes the oldest dancer on the show, while 18-year-old actress Cody Linley from the Disney Channel hit “Hannah Montana” joins the cast.
For its Monday night performances last year, “Dancing with the Stars” drew an average of 21.7 million people, making it the most-watched US show of the autumn and No. 2 overall for the season behind “American Idol.”