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Leachman to grand marshal Rose Parade

October 10, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Long time actress, comedienne and current "Dancing With the Stars" contestant Cloris Leachman will be the grand marshal for the 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade.Leachman was holding court Friday in Pasadena where the official announcement was made.

The Tournament of Roses president said Leachman personifies this year's theme -- "Hats Off to Entertainment."

Leachman first appeared on television in the 1940's and won an academy award for the 1971 film "The Last Picture Show."

The 82-year-old actress is only the tenth woman to hold the "grand marshal" title in the parade's 120 year history.


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