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Cloris Leachman's High-Kicking Renaissance At 82

LOS ANGELES -- Roughly an hour after performing a tango that would earn her another week on "Dancing With the Stars" last Monday, Cloris Leachman took a moment to look ahead to where her career, still-blossoming at 82, might go once her time on the ABC hit dance competition runs its course.

"I could get pregnant," she said in an interview in her trailer, where, completely coincidentally, she insisted on changing out of her ballroom gown in front of a reporter. "I've got a bit of time before my next project. Maybe I'll be on 'American Idol.' "

Whatever her next undertaking, it is clear that Ms. Leachman is not on the way out. Soon after finishing on "Dancing," she is scheduled to belatedly join Quentin Tarantino on the set of his new film, "Inglorious Bastards," which stars Brad Pitt and is shooting in Berlin. She has postponed a national tour of her new one-woman show, "Cloris," to accommodate the dancing gig. And on New Year's Day she will serve as grand marshal of the Rose Parade, an event that thrills her grandchildren, she says, because it "is actually older than I am."

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