Leachman gives voice to 'Simpsons'


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A FAMILIAR VOICE -- One of the clever reasons for the success of "The Simpsons" is the use of well-known actors to give voice to the cartoon characters. And tonight's scheduled edition (at 8, Channel 45), brings an interesting return. The voice of Bart's elderly neighbor is that of Cloris Leachman, last seen on the tube in the 1989-90 season (as in photo below) with Harvey Korman in Mel Brooks' unfortunately underappreciated "Nutt House." Leachman, of course, was Phyllis Lyndstrom on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and then continued the character in her own spin-off, "Phyllis." (In an interesting trivia twist, another "MTM" spin-off, "Rhoda," marked the series debut of Julie Kavner, who does the voice of Marge Simpson. And if memory serves, Leachman did a guest spot or two on "Rhoda.")

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