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Cloris Leachman, 82, ready to go ‘Dancing’

She’s an octogenarian, but Cloris Leachman has the wit of a naughty twentysomething, and she’ll be bringing that  attitude to this season’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
/ Source: Access Hollywood

She’s an octogenarian, but Cloris Leachman has the wit of a naughty twentysomething, and she’ll be bringing that wit and attitude to this season’s “Dancing With the Stars.”

The spunky 82-year-old star, who was nicknamed “Perky Polly” by her co-stars on the set of “The Women,” is ready to take to the ballroom. And Cloris explained to Access Hollywood’s Nancy O’Dell how she was cast for “Dancing’s” Season 7.

“Well, my people called their people and they said no,” Cloris said.

“Why would they say no?” Nancy asked.

”‘She’s too old,’ they said,” Cloris noted. “We went back and they said no again, ‘Too old.’ Well, it finally it hit me. I thought, ‘Wait a minute! This is ridiculous. I have to do it before I die, I have to.’”

Between the laughs, frisky Cloris has been hitting on partner Corky Ballas, a retired competitive dancer and dad to dancer Mark Ballas, big time.

“Do you like your partner? Do you have a sexy partner?” Nancy asked.

“Well, I thought so but I keep saying, ‘Why aren’t you attracted to me?’ And he goes all crazy,” Cloris said. “He just hates that question.”

“He does?” Nancy asked.

“I said, ‘Am I too old?’ or ‘I’m not sexy?’ or ‘I’m not your type?’… And he just goes crazy. He said, ‘It’s a mystery.’”