WATCH | With an Academy Award and record-breaking number of acting Emmys to her credit, actress Cloris Leachman (who turns 91 on April 30) has been known to steal a scene on occasion. In honor of her birthday, here are some of the reasons why she's been so charming, on and off the set.
Born in Des Moines, Iowa on April 30, 1936, Leachman was just 11 when she hitched a ride at a truck stop to get to her first audition.
With a Top-16 finish at the 1956 Miss America pageant, she used her winnings to move to New York City and pursue acting.
Over time, it paid off: In 1972, her work in "The Last Picture Show" earned her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
Leachman's also lauded for television: She's won more individual Emmys (eight) than anybody else.
She even snagged a Golden Globe in 1976 as the star of TV's "Phyllis," a spinoff of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."
Her roles on "Malcolm in the Middle," "Beerfest," "Beavis and Butt-Head Do America" and in "Bad Santa" prove she'll steal any scene.
She thrives in the Mel Brooks films "Young Frankenstein" (1974), "High Anxiety" (1977) and "History of the World: Part I" (1981).
Fans love Leachman for her fearlessness off the set, too. She said she once pulled Judy Garland from a pool to save her from drowning.
Leachman's also undaunted by age. At 82, she became the oldest competitor in the history of "Dancing with the Stars."
Honored on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 1980, Leachman has never been afraid to speak her mind.
When The Hollywood Reporter asked in 2016 if she plans to retire, she dismissed the idea with a smile ... and a "F*** you."
Leachman will bring that moxie to the highly anticipated Starz series "American Gods," premiering on her birthday.