Lu Leonard

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Lu Leonard
Born May Lou Price
(1926-06-05)June 5, 1926
Long Beach, New York, U.S.
Died May 14, 2004(2004-05-14) (aged 77)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other names Lou Leonard
Occupation Actress
Years active 19561995

Lu Leonard (June 5, 1926 – May 14, 2004) was an American actress. She made over 45 film and television appearances between 1956 and 1995. Due to her rotund figure, Leonard was often cast as a love interest who often intimidated her husband or boyfriend.

Leonard's first major appearance was as the wife of Three Stooges member Larry Fine in the film Husbands Beware.[1]

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Leonard made television appearances on such shows as Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy and Married... with Children. Her most memorable was in a recurring role as William Conrad's wise-cracking secretary in Jake and the Fatman. She had small but memorable roles in Starman and Micki + Maude. Also during this time she became a regional celebrity in the Los Angeles Theatre circuit for her outrageous portrayal as a lesbian head matron in the play Women Behind Bars. [2]

Health problems (including diabetes) eventually set in and she left Hollywood in the mid-1990s, living primarily in Oregon. Lu eventually decided to move into the Motion Picture Country Home in Woodland Hills, California, where she spent her remaining years. She died of a heart attack on May 14, 2004 at age 77, and a bench in the Roddy McDowall garden at the Motion Picture Home has been dedicated in her memory.

She has also done voices in the Hanna-Barbera version of the animated TV series Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures.

Leonard, who was the daughter of late 1930s–1950s character actor Hal Price.


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