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Cloris Leachman's Latest Chapter

The author, actress, and dancer talks about aging, cooking, her new book -- and why she never gets stressed out.


Oh God, everybody.

Anybody in particular?

I think smokers need hugs, don’t you? They’re so busy smoking. What if they just hugged instead? Wouldn’t that be better? And by the way, I don’t want to confuse hugging with patting on the back.

Patting on the back?

Yes, that’s not a hug. That’s a pat. Men pat a lot. They hug quickly and then pat. That means, “No more hugging, my wife is looking.”

So what’s a real hug?

Close your arms around and just feel each other. Make it warm and slow. The world needs more of those.

Reviewed on August 22, 2009

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