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Actress Cloris Leachman subject of Women in Film Legacy Series film debutting at Ojai Film Festival November 11

by: Kathleen Kaiser
Posted: October 16, 2017

OJAI...The Ojai Film Festival and Women In Film (WIF) will sponsor a Legacy Series event with acclaimed actress Cloris Leachman on Saturday, November 11 at the Ojai Art Center.  The Leachman biopic, created by WIF's Ilene Kahn Power and Linda Feferman, is a 40-minute retrospective of the Academy and Emmy award-winning star's career in film, television and stage.  A reception will follow the film screening.

The Legacy Series was created to document the personal and creative worlds of exceptional women in Hollywood whose accomplishments paved the way for new generations of women working in the film and television industries.
In a career that spans over seven decades, Cloris Leachman is an Academy Award winner for Last Picture Show and recipient of eight Emmy Awards for her roles in Malcohm in the Middle, Mary Tyler Moore, Promise Land, along with a Golden Globe and over 13 other major awards.
This year has been especially busy for Leachman.  From Taylor Hackford's film The Comedian to Starz's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, American Gods, Cloris has been working non-stop and completed an additional five films that will be released 2018.
Earlier in her career, Leachman appeared in three Mel Brooks films, including Young Frankenstein (1974) in which the mere mention of the name of her character, Frau Blücher, elicits the loud neighing of horses (this was an homage to a cinematic villain stereotype). Leachman starred in High Anxiety (1977) as the demented villainess and psychiatric nurse Charlotte Diesel, and Madame Defarge in History of the World: Part I.
Leachman was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2011. That same year, she was ranked #23 on the TV Guide Network special Funniest Women on TV.
Following the Legacy Film screening will be a Q&A with Leachman.  The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions. After the Q&A, a reception will be held with Leachman, Women In Film members, Ojai Film Festival Board members and Festival attendees.  Wine, beer and soda plus appetizers will be served.
Tickets are on sale through the Festival's website,

Women In Film (WIF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for women, encouraging creative projects by women, and expanding and enhancing portrayals of women in all forms of global media. Given that women comprise 50 percent of the population, WIF's ultimate goal is to see the same gender parity reflected on and off screen. Founded in 1973, WIF focuses on advocacy and education— provides scholarships, grants, and film finishing funds—and works to preserve the legacies of all women working in the entertainment community.
In its 18th year, the Ojai Film Festival screens over 80 films during its 10-day run.  Featuring a range of quality films from around the world, the Festival will be held November 2 -12, 2017 in Ojai, a picturesque village nestled in the California mountains about 75 miles northwest of Hollywood. The Ojai Film Festival nurtures its reputation for screening quality works, including documentaries, features, animations, narrative shorts, and student films.  More information on the Festival's notable achievements can be found on

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