Cloris Leachman steals every scene she’s in on Raising Hope. Fantasy became reality for the veteran actress this past weekend, when she was the centre of attention at a Los Angeles eatery.
Media outlets say the 86-year-old turned heads at Mario Batali’s Osteria Mozza on Saturday when she played impromptu hairdresser to several patrons.
“She was braiding the women’s hair, pinning back their bangs and dipping her hands into their water glasses to push back their hair,” one witness said of Leachman, who visited three tables of strangers while on her little adventure. She combed one man’s hair with a fork and dispensed a back massage to a woman who didn’t like having her head touched.
Leachman, who portrays Maw Maw on Fox’s sitcom, planted kisses on foreheads and shoulders.
She also had some advice for a gentleman she spotted smoking outside the establishment.
“Don’t you know that’s bad for you?” a source reported. “You [expletive]! Put it out! Don’t be an a–hole. I’m serious!”
Leachman isn’t a stranger to over-the-top restaurant behaviour. Last March, she entertained patrons in a Syracuse, N.Y., diner where she ignored her movie script, and sandwich, to hoist a baby aloft and chat with locals. She was in town shooting the feature Adult World.
Raising Hope‘s one-hour season finale is set for Thursday, March 28, at 9 p.m. ET on City/Fox.