And now, a happy lapse in to Low (but delicious!) Culture. Andy Denhart at reality blurred has given America its marching orders:
It is now your mission to vote every Monday night (and tonight) for Cloris Leachman, because she absolutely must remain on Dancing With The Stars 7 until the very last episode. She was potty mouthed, rule-breaking, host-insulting highlight in the most outrageous episode yet.
Performing with her professional dance partner, Corky Balas --
"'Cloris and Corky,'" I said. "Sounds like the names of a pair of hamsters."
-- Ms. Leachman is pure Life Force in all its coarse, unstoppable messiness. Live TV at its most wickedly spontaneous:
At 82, she is much much older than the part is written, but wouldn't Cloris Leachman even now be a tremendous Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? "You're all flops. I am the Earth Mother, and you are all flops."
I heard on the radio this morning that today is the birthday of Mickey Rooney. Mickey is 88, which makes him only six years older than Cloris. They were giants in those days. Even the short ones were giants.