Cloris Leachman named Rose Parade grand marshal

October 10, 2008 5:56:31 PM PDT
Cloris Leachman has been chosen as grand marshal for next year's Rose Parade. The actress, who has an Oscar and eight Emmys, will head the 120th Tournament of Roses on Jan. 1 in Pasadena. The parade's theme is "Hats Off to Entertainment."

The 82-year-old "Dancing With the Stars" contestant said Friday she's thrilled to be grand marshal of a parade that - in her words - "is older than I am."

Leachman won an Oscar as best supporting actress for the 1971 film "The Last Picture Show"; her Emmy wins span from Mary Tyler Moore's classic sitcom in the '70s to "Malcolm in the Middle" in 2006.