May Lou Price
June 5, 1926
Long Beach, New York, U.S.
|Died||May 14, 2004 (aged 77)|
|Other names||Lou Leonard|
|Occupation||Actress, voice actress|
In 1953, she played the part of Theodosia in the Life of Riley television sitcom.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Leonard made television appearances on such shows as Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy and Married... with Children. Her most memorable was in a recurring role as William Conrad's wise-cracking secretary in Jake and the Fatman. She had small but memorable roles in Starman and Micki + Maude. One of Leonard's visible credits was playing the singing Angel Scribe II in the late 1960s Hallmark television musical special, The Littlest Angel, starring Johnny Whitaker and Fred Gwynne. During the 1970s and 1980s she became a regional celebrity in the Los Angeles Theatre circuit for her outrageous portrayal as a lesbian head matron in the play, Women Behind Bars. In 1982, she co-starred with Aileen Quinn and Carol Burnett in Annie. Leonard never married or had children.
Health problems (including diabetes) eventually set in and she left Hollywood in 1995, living primarily in Oregon. Lu eventually decided to move into the Motion Picture Country Home in Woodland Hills, California, where she spent her remaining years. She died of a heart attack on May 14, 2004, at age 77, and a bench in the Roddy McDowall garden at the Motion Picture Home has been dedicated in her memory.
- The Littlest Angel tv program credits
- Lu Leonard
- Lu Leonard, 77; Character Actress in Films, on Broadway
- Lu Leonard, 1927–2004