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International Left Handers Day: 6 Famous Lefties

Comedian and leftie Drew Carey, host of CBS' long-running game show The Price Is Right.

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Check out our roll call of CBS legends who are also left handers!


By Nate Millado

What do the following CBS legends have in common with Michelangelo, Lady Gaga, President Obama, Oprah, and Angelina Jolie? They're all lefties! In honor of Left Handers Day, Aug. 13, we've rounded up a few of our favorite celebrity southpaws.

Drew Carey

The Price is Right host Drew Carey holds the mic in his left hand

The Price Is Right host Drew Carey.

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Being funny isn't an exclusively lefty trait, but there's no denying that many comic icons are southpaws, including the aforementioned Carol Burnett, David Letterman, Lenny Bruce, George Burns, and The Price Is Right's stand-up guy, Drew Carey.

The Price Is Right airs Weekdays on CBS. Check local listings for times.

Julianna Marguiles

Julianna Margulies chats with Stephen Colbert on the set of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Julianna Margulies makes a guest appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

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Lefties make up roughly 10 percent of the world—including The Good Wife star Julianna Marguiles. For seven seasons, Marguiles played left-handed legal eagle Alicia Florrick, for which she won two Primetime Emmys.

Stream The Good Wife on CBS All Access.

Cloris Leachman

Cloris Leachman on the set of The Talk

Cloris Leachman makes a guest appearance on The Talk.

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The "left-handed and right-brained" actress is an awards magnet: She's won an Academy Award, a Daytime Emmy, and eight Primetime Emmys. Her longest-running (and arguably most memorable) role was as snobby, self-absorbed Phyllis Lindstrom on the CBS sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and its spinoff Phyllis in the 1970s.

Dick Van Dyke

Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke in a newly colorized episode of the 1950s sitcom

The Dick Van Dyke Show—Now in Living Color!, a special featuring colorized episodes of the series.

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OK, so technically living legend Dick Van Dyke is ambidextrous—of course he is; he's a man of many talents! But during the run of his classic Emmy-winning sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show, we notice his character Rob actually favors his left side: He plays pool and tennis and throws darts left-handed, and even tells wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) he's "left-eared" (when it comes to holding the phone).

Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett on stage during a CBS special celebrating the 50th anniversary of her variety show

Carol Burnett during The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special on CBS.

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During its 11-season run, comedy legend Carol Burnett ended every episode with a trademark tug of her left ear. Turns out, this was a secret signal to her grandmother, who raised her in Hollywood. "It always meant 'Hi, Nanny. I'm fine. I love you,'" she shared in an awards acceptance speech. "Later it meant, 'Hi, Nanny. I'm fine. I love you. Your check's on the way.'"

Fran Drescher

Fran Drescher and Shemar Moore on the set of The Talk

Fran Drescher on The Talk with Shemar Moore.

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Fran Drescher left an indelible mark in the '90s as The Nanny, thanks to her "flashy girl from Flushing" street smarts and style, not to mention her well-intentioned meddling and nasal delivery ("Oh, Mr. Sheeeeeeffield!"). Lefties are said to be strong fighters, and Drescher is no exception: She recently announced she is 20 years cancer-free!

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