Cloris Leachman recalls pulling a desperate Judy Garland out of swimming pool

Actress says the late gay icon wondered if anyone could ever love her

Cloris Leachman recalls pulling a desperate Judy Garland out of swimming pool
19 September 2012

At the age of 86, Cloris Leachman has plenty of juicy stories after more than 50 years of stardom.

She shared some of those tales Tuesday (19 September) during a memorable guest spot on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live.

Leachman told host Andy Cohen and fellow guest Jeff Lewis about being neighbors with troubled gay icon Judy Garland. She remembered being at home one night and Garland’s daughter, Lorna Luft, called to say her mother was in trouble.

‘They called me and asked me if I would save her life,’ Leachman recalled. ‘I went over there and got her out of the swimming pool and we talked until 3 in the morning. She asked me if I’d like some soup that she made then cried, ‘Could anybody ever love me?’ It was a sad night.’

The feisty octogenarian also managed to get kisses out of Cohen and Lewis, both gay, so she could rate them as kissers. She concluded that Lewis was the better kisser ‘publicly’ but that Cohen was probably the better kisser privately.

Asked which man was ‘more gay,’ Leachman said the Lewis, star of Bravo’s Flipping Out: ‘You’re more gay than anybody.’

Leachman, winner of an Academy Award for The Last Picture Show and nine Emmys for her various television roles, currently stars on the Fox sitcom Raising Hope.

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