Cloris Leachman

The Hollywood Reporter Nominees' Night 2014 Celebrating the 86th Annual Academy Award Nominees - Arrivals

Leachman in 2014, photo by Prphotos

Place of Birth: Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 30, 1926

*75% English
*25% Bohemian/Czech

Cloris Leachman is an American actress and comedian. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Last Picture Show (1971).

Cloris is the daughter of Cloris Votruba (Wallace) and Berkeley Claiborne “Buck” Leachman. Her sister was actress and cabaret performer Claiborne Cary. Her father had English ancestry, as did her maternal grandfather. Her maternal grandmother was from a Bohemian (Czech) family. She has five children with her former husband, editor, director, producer, and actor George Englund. George’s uncle was actor Jack Albertson. Cloris’ granddaughter is singer and songwriter Anabel Englund.

Cloris’s paternal grandfather was Robert Parker Leachman (the son of William Leachman and Sarah Parker). Robert was born in Illinois. William was the son of Leonard Leachman and Sarah Sanford.

Cloris’s paternal grandmother was Rose Claiborne (the daughter of Charles Baring Eugene Claiborne and Rosalthe/Rosa Gleason Thompson). Cloris’s grandmother Rose was born in Iowa. Charles was the son of Richard Baring Claiborne and Sarah Woodward. Cloris’s great-grandmother Rosalthe was the daughter of Archibald Thompson and Olive Gleason.

Cloris’s maternal grandfather was Everett Oren Wallace (the son of Andrew/Asa Chipon Wallace and Elmira/Almira Wiley). Everett was born in Iowa. Elmira was the daughter of Jacob Anson Wiley and Mary Leve Woodford.

Cloris’s maternal grandmother was Bertha Votruba (the daughter of Matthis/Mathis/Matthew Votruba and Mary Bratrsovsky/Brothers). Bertha was born in Iowa, to Bohemian Czech parents. Matthis was the son of John Votruba and Dorothy or Anna Rezac Cutter. Mary was the daughter of Frank Bratrsovsky and Josephine Abel.

Sources: Genealogies of Cloris Leachman –

Genealogy of Cloris Leachman (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Marriage record of Cloris’s maternal grandparents, Everett Oren Wallace and Bertha Votruba –

Cloris’s maternal grandmother, Bertha Votruba, on the 1880 U.S. Census –


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4 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    She has ancestors that were born In England. You an check her Genealogy here. The link i submitted above seems not to be working

  2. anna says:

    how is she anglo-american with this german surname?

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