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April 30 in Twilight Zone History: Happy Birthday to actress Cloris Leachman ('It's a Good Life')

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Apr 30, 2018

Today, April 30th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia celebrate the birthday of actress Cloris Leachman, who turns 92 today.

Cloris portrayed Agnes Fremont in "It's a Good Life," a dedicated mother who counts among her brood one Anthony Fremont (Billy Mumy), an adorable little freckle-faced boy who happens to be a monster with a God complex. To say that Agnes and her husband (John Larch) walk on egg shells every day is a great understatement.

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Cloris Leachman perfectly portrayed traumatized wife and mother Agnes Fremont in the unnerving "It's a Good Life."

Cloris Leachman, a Des Moines, Iowa native, won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in director Peter Bogdanovich's marvelous film The Last Picture Show. She is one of the most honored actresses in television history, having been nominated 19 times for an Emmy, winning seven, including twice for The Mary Tyler Moore Show and twice for Malcolm in the Middle. In 2003, when TZ was revived, she reprised the role of Agnes Fremont in "It's Still a Good Life," which stars Bill Mumy's daughter, Liliana.

Sadly, on this day we also lost four TZ veterans: Inger Stevens ("The Hitch-Hiker") in 1970; Agnes Moorehead ("The Invaders") in 1974; Jerry Fujikawa ("A Quality of Mercy") in 1983; and George Murdoch ("The Dummy") in 2012.

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Agnes Fremont (Cloris Leachman, right) tries to calm down Aunt Amy (Alice Frost, left) in "It's a Good Life."

So let’s raise a glass of peach brandy to Cloris and her alter-ego Agnes, a woman who woke up every day hoping her nightmare would end but soon realized that her world's boundaries were exactly that of The Twilight Zone.