Cloris Leachman Too Old for “Young Frankenstein”?

June 14th, 2007 // 10 Comments

I say no. When Cloris Leachman auditioned for the role of Frau Blucher in Mel Brooks’ Broadway version of his 1974 film “Young Frankenstein,” she gave what Broadway insiders referred to as a “wonderful audition.” However Brooks and other producers eventually decided that the physical strain of performing in a Broadway musical eight times a week would be too strenuous for the 81-year-old actress who originally reprised the film role over thirty years ago, according to Page Six:

Brooks told Archerd, “We’re afraid the show might stop her – it could kill her . . . We don’t want her to die on stage.” Actually, that’s how most actors would like to expire.

One insider told us Leachman got the bad news via a letter. “She was told the producers wanted the stage version to differ from the film version,” the source reports. “She was very disappointed.”

Dude, the woman did this last year, which should already be argument enough in her favor. And by God, if she wants to die by acting her ass off on a stage in Broadway, then get the heck out of her way, I say. It’s like refusing to let a cowboy die with his boots on. Blasphemy.

By Lisa Timmons
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  1. Mr. T

    Gotta love that woman. She’s a terrific personality. It shows you that growing old doesn’t mean you lose it either.

  2. Maritza

    I love her! I hope to have her stamina when I reach 80.

  3. nanc'

    Seriously, let her go on! She and Betty White are about the same age and both are still kickin’. Send in the clowns!

  4. Kelly Rummelhart

    “Stay close to the candles, the . . . ” Broadway stage . . . “can be treacherous!”

    God I love that movie! 81 is the new 51, well, maybe not, but she looks great and people would dream to die doing what they love! Let her do it!!!! Hey they can make it a reality series . . . . everynight you tune in because who knows if this is it?

  5. Aly

    Bitch is hardcore! May we always be able to follow her example (a la Beerfest)!!

  6. babyluv

    i know Cloris from the dog park in Los Angeles…she is a PISTOL! everyone should have her
    spunk & stimina @ 51, let alone 81!!!!!!!!

    no one could be better in that role than her!

    she’s told me wonderful stories about her life, husbands life..sang songs etc…love that lady!

  7. babyluv

    i know Cloris from the dog park in Los Angeles…she is a PISTOL! everyone should have her
    spunk & stimina @ 51, let alone 81!!!!!!!!

    no one could be better in that role than her!

    she’s told me wonderful stories about her life, husbands life..sang songs etc…love that lady!

  8. babyluv

    i know Cloris from the dog park in Los Angeles…she is a PISTOL! everyone should have her
    spunk & stimina @ 51, let alone 81!!!!!!!!

    no one could be better in that role than her!

    she’s told me wonderful stories about her life, husbands life..sang songs etc…love that lady!

  9. missy

    i love cloris. she’s hilarious. she has so much energy on set. she can run circles around my lazy ass. and she’s a fellow vegetarian with a very healthy diet.

  10. Luv Cloris!

    Demmit! Now i have to watch Young Frankenstein when i get home from work! Even after seeing it a 100 times i still laugh out loud at the “Putting on the Ritz” scene, when Peter Boyle bellows out “MUTTIN ON THE WWIZ!”

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