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Gladys Leeman is the main antagonist of the 1999 film Drop Dead Gorgeous. She is the mother of Becky Leeman and is revealed to be responsible for the murders.

She is portrayed by Kirstie Alley, who also portrayed Ingrid Hoffel.

History

In 1995, Mount Rose is preparing for its annual beauty pageant. Amber Atkins is an optimistic teenager who signs up to compete in the pageant so she can follow in the footsteps of her idols, Diane Sawyer, and her mother, a former contestant. Her fellow contestant is Rebecca ("Becky") Leeman, the daughter of the richest man in town and his wife, Gladys Leeman, who is the head of the pageant organizing committee and a former winner. Various business connections between the Leeman Furniture Store and the judges of the pageant cause many to speculate that the contest will be rigged or fixed.

Many odd events occur around town during the run-up to the pageant, including the death of a contestant, the athletic and competitive Tammy Curry, who is killed when her tractor explodes, and the death (ruled a hunting accident) of a boy who Becky liked, but who showed himself partial to Amber. Amber decides to pull out of the pageant after her mother is injured in an explosion at their home, but reenters to compete to follow her dreams and make her mother proud. At the dress rehearsal, fellow contestant Jenelle Betz swaps numbers with Amber. When Jenelle walks on stage at the beginning of rehearsal, a stage light falls and hits her in the head, knocking her unconscious and rendering her deaf.

At the pageant, Amber performs her tap-dance number to a standing ovation, while Rebecca sings a cringe-worthy rendition of "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and dances with a life-size Jesus doll on a crucifix. When the new winner is announced, Amber is named first runner-up to Rebecca.

During the victory parade the next day, Gladys accidentally sets Rebecca's float on fire, causing it to explode. Gladys flies into a blind rage and is revealed to be responsible for the all of the murders, as well as the attempts against Amber in the run-up to the pageant, and is immediately arrested. Rebecca's tragic death and Gladys's antics leave Amber as the new pageant winner.

A few years later, Gladys escapes from prison and is sniping from the top of the Mount Rose supermarket, declaring her intent to take revenge on Amber. During the six-hour police standoff, a television reporter doing a live report at the scene is hit by a stray bullet.

Victims

  • Tammy Curry: Explosion.
  • Rebecca Leeman: Accidental explosion.