Best Bad Girl on TV, The

In the early 1950s, actress Cloris Leachman’s penchant for vixen parts (a cockney blonde, a Chinese girl, etc.) earned her the reputation as “The Best Bad Girl on TV.”

Her television screen roles have been quite varied, including playing a private investigator’s secretary, Effie Perrine on the drama CHARLIE WILD, PRIVATE DETECTIVE/CBS/ABC/DUM/1950-52; Ruth Martin, a farmer’s wife on the animal adventure LASSIE/CBS/1954-71; Phylis Lindstrom, an insensitive, egocentric landlady on the sitcom THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW/CBS/1970-77; a spin-off of that same character on PHYLLIS/CBS/1975-77;  Beverly Ann Stickle, the chatterbox sister of Edna Garrett (Charlotte Rae) on the sitcom FACTS OF LIFE/NBC/1979-88; Barbara June/Norma June “Maw Maw” Thompson , an 84-year-old grandmother on the sitcom RAISING HOPE/FOX/2010-2014; and Zorya Vechernyaya, an Old God from Slavic mythology on the fantasy mystery AMERICAN GODS/STARZ!/2017.

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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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