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Luanne Leanne Kleinschmidt (née Platter) (born July 29, 1979) is the daughter of Hoyt and Leanne Platter- though more notably the niece of Peggy Hill, cousin of Bobby Hill and niece-in-law of Hank Hill.

Luanne is introduced in the first episode of Season One, where she is invited to stay with the Hills, claiming her parents need space to resolve some marital difficulties. Near the end of the first episode, a tearful Luanne informs Hank and Peggy that her mother stabbed her father with a fork during an argument, leaving her mother in jail and trailer home repossessed. Moving in to Rainy Street, Hank's beloved den is turned into Luanne's “temporary” bedroom until she got married and moved to a house across from the Hill residence.

Biography

Luanne was born to a teenaged Leanne and adult, con artist Hoyt Platter after the latter dumped his fianceé to marry Leanne after he met her when she served as the entertainment at his bachelor party. The two got married and moved in with Luanne to a trailer in Shiny Pines, where the family lived until Luanne was eighteen and Leanne and Hoyt's marriage went downhill as it was stated that they fought constantly, which deeply affected their child. Sometime after Luanne turned eighteen, her parents sent her to stay with her aunt and her family, the Hills, since they wanted some space in order to try and resolve their marriage problems but this proved to be fruitless after Leanne stabbed Hoyt with a fork due to Hoyt throwing away a quarter of beer that Leanne was going to drink before going to bed. The incident was even featured in TV as revealed by a tearful Luanne, who had to stay with the Hills since she had nowhere else to go after her mother was arrested, her father went to "work on an oil rig" and couldn't come back until he had Leanne's death certificate faxed to him (this was later revealed to be a ruse since Peggy wanted to keep it secret from her family that Hoyt was actually arrested as well but for getting involved with drugs) and their trailer tipped over while Luanne lied about the trailer being destroyed because it brought bad memories.

Religion

Luanne has always been enthusiastically religious with the Christian God, and became a born-again-virgin for that reason. Luanne attends a Bible study class and briefly taught her own Bible study class from her swimming pool. Of course, this attracted the attention of the neighborhood men. The Bible study ended when Mr. Strickland became so enamored with Luanne that he asked her to marry him, a request that was quickly declined.

According to Luanne, whenever she's faced with a tough decision, she asks herself "What would Jesus do?"

The Manger Babies

In another early episode ("Meet the Manger Babies"), a glum Luanne discovers a box of cheap sock puppets at a garage sale and uses them to create a Christian-themed puppet show called "The Manger Babies", about the adventures of the animals who witnessed the birth of Jesus Christ. Despite the cast witnessing the birth of Jesus, all their adventures take place in modern times, with lessons like, "Don't sneak into a movie." or, "Don't drink and drive.", and Hank being cast as God. The popularity of Luanne's show lands her a part-time job performing weekly shows for local TV station Channel 84, a job she maintained throughout the run of the series.

Eventually, Luanne was able to produce a Manger Babies DVD with the help of John Redcorn, which sold out on release. In an attempt to regain her popularity, she revamped the Manger Babies into a modern "gangsta" style theme, replacing Gurgle-Gurgle Reality TV style with a gun character. Dale took offense to it, as he had submitted a children's story featuring a gun character to John Redcorn. Dale destroyed them in the laundry. She gave Gurgle-Gurgle to her daughter, Gracie.

Education

When the series began, Luanne was beginning classes at the Arlen Beauty Academy, with the ambition of becoming a Hollywood makeup artist and successfully hiding the bags beneath Michael Douglas' eyes. Luanne proved to be a terrible hairstylist, and struggled to complete beauty school. Following Buckley's death, she had visions of Buckley in angelic form, who informed her that Jesus wanted her to take a different path. During one of these visions, Luanne crashed her car near the parking lot of a community college, where she was mistaken for a student, and the students who found her were genuinely concerned, unlike her Beauty School peers who usually made fun of her. Luanne took this as a sign to begin pursuing a higher education and dropped out of beauty school and enrolled in the community college. Luanne seems to have changed her field of study several times, as in one episode she mentions "pre-med", in another she states she is a "pre-education major," and in yet another, implies that she's taking psychology, though her definition of the word to Peggy ("the disease of psychology") indicates she was probably failing the class. Luanne eventually drops out of college and fulfills her life long dream of becoming a hair stylist.

Career Fulfillment

After quitting college, Luanne began working part-time at a hip unisex (albeit loosely) salon called "Hottyz" with Hank's friend Bill Dauterive, where her ability earned her the position of first chair (the closest chair to the door, reserved for the best stylist in the salon). Bill was only permitted to work at the salon because the other employees thought he was gay, and under the assumption that only gay men can properly style hair. When the manager of Hottyz found out that Bill was straight, he was fired, but Luanne was offered to keep her position on her own as first chair. She instead decided to quit her position to remain fair to her partner and family friend, Bill. Hank approached his increasingly-demented barber, Jack, about giving Luanne a job. Upon discovering that he would be "stealing" Hottyz's first chair, Jack happily accepted. Luanne left college and became a full-time hair stylist for Jack, and moved back in with the Hills (after an offer from Peggy) in order to save money.

Appearance

Luanne is petite and shapely with chest-length blonde hair. After a near fatal accident, she lost her hair for awhile and decided to leave her bald head exposed after realizing she didn't like the strange looking, multicolored wig her classmates at beauty school had made for her until her hair slowly started growing back over the course of the series, growing into a bob hairstyle, to a small ponytail and finally back to normal.

She is often considered a particularly beautiful young woman with rather large breasts. She has large eyes, full lips, and stands at 5'4". Luanne's usual outfit is a green crop top that exposes her midriff and tight, knee lenght, red shorts but is often seen wearing a tight orange shirt and mid-blue jeans with a brown belt.

Personality

Luanne is a sweet-natured, caring, but somewhat absent-minded, dim-witted, and overly-emotional young woman. She is also very innocent and naive, which makes her an easy target for men who want to take advantage of her. However, she does possess a certain level of common sense unlike the stereotypical "dumb blonde". She is also shown to be tough, ambitious, and hardworking. She demands respect, and is determined to escape her "trailer-trash" background, though she is not ashamed of where she comes from.

Earlier in the series, Luanne was shown to be very good with mechanics, as she solves the problem to Hank's truck in the pilot, fixes Cotton's Cadillac when he comes to visit, and is occasionally seen repairing other vehicles.

Relationships

Family

Leanne Platter

Leanne is Luanne's mother. At first Luanne loved her mother very much and longed for her parents and her to be a close, happy family and although she was disappointed that her father didn't want anything to do with Leanne, Luanne focused in bonding with her mother once she got out of jail in the episode Leanne's Saga. Leanne seemed to love her daughter as well and even named her "Luanne Leanne" after herself. However, Leanne's alcoholism, selfishness and obsession with looking young resulted in Luanne not wanting anything to do with her. Due to her obsession with appearing young, Leanne insisted, realistically or not, that strangers thought she and Luanne were sisters by calling her "sister" or "baby sis" and even told Luanne to never refer to her as "mom" because that made Leanne feel old. When Leanne lost a fight with Peggy, she demanded Luanne to leave with her but Luanne refused, finally realizing that her mother will never change, causing Leanne to yell at her that she wasn't "her sister" anymore. It is implied that despite this, Luanne may have visited her mother in jail or gone to her court hearings, and Leanne was among the attendants at Luanne's wedding.

Hoyt Platter

Hoyt is Luanne's father. Hoyt, like Leanne, is extremely selfish and only pursues his own interests but unlike Leanne, he never expresses any interest in his daughter (other than to sweet talk her into giving him money) or his then unborn grandchild. At some point Hoyt went to prison and no one had known except Peggy, who told everyone else that he was working on an oil rig. Upon reuniting with Luanne, Hoyt did not recognize his daughter and hit on her until she told him who she was. While Luanne was overjoyed to see her father and rushed to hug him, he didn't even bother to hug back and gave her a doll that he meant to give to Bobby (thinking Peggy had a daughter instead of a son). The next day, Hoyt pretended to be a good father and offered to make Luanne breakfast. As soon as Peggy left the room, however, he asked Luanne to lend him money and left, leaving Luanne waiting for her breakfast all day. He later convinced her husband Lucky to take the blame over a robbery to avoid being sentenced. After Hoyt is arrested for stealing money from Peggy and buying a large amount of illegal prescription drugs, he tries to blame his pregnant daughter for the crime. When Hank lets him know that the only way to provide any redemption is for him to confess to both the robbery and the drug purchase. Hoyt quickly folds, asking Hank to come up with a cover story for Luanne so she does not know that he will never see her again, showing that he may care for his daughter to a degree, or alternatively tugging at Hank's heartstrings.

Hank Hill

When the series began, Hank merely tolerated Luanne and showed few loving feelings towards her, usually telling Peggy that she needed to leave. He had a hard time relating to Luanne because he was unsure about how to deal with the ever changing emotions of a young woman, and that he didn't even consider her family as she was not his blood relative. This friction reached the point where he asked a Child Protective Services worker, in front of Peggy, to take Luanne away even though she was around 18 years old at the time, and where he tried to leave Luanne alone in Arlen during Thanksgiving by buying only three plane tickets for himself, his wife and son, without Peggy or Luanne knowing, to visit Peggy's (and Luanne's) relatives until Peggy found out and chastised him for it, forcing him to reluctantly buy Luanne a ticket.

However, there were times where Hank showed that he truly cared about Luanne such as when he used his DIY skills to decorate his den where she was sleeping to make it more bedroom-like. Luanne remained living with Hank and his family until "Texas City Twister," where it was revealed that the trailer was merely tipped over and not repossessed. Hank, wanting to get Luanne out of his den and for her to become more self-reliant, attempted to get her to move back into the trailer. After Hank, Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer attached a winch to trailer and righted it, Peggy and Luanne went to clean things up and move Luanne back in. Despite the bad memories the trailer brought to Luanne, she was willing to live there anyway and follow her dreams – stating that she could see the same stars from the trailer that she could see from Hank’s den. However, a tornado struck, tipping the trailer over once again. In an attempt to save Peggy and Luanne, Hank was caught in the tornado, making him realize how important family really was, and admitted that he cared about Luanne (to a lesser extent than the rest of his family).

However, he still wanted Luanne to be self-reliant, so he made her get a job as a drink girl at the La Grunta Hotel. When Luanne made some extra money, she wanted to buy Hank something really expensive to thank him for everything he’s done for her. The receptionist at the hotel suggested she buy him a round of golf, which gave Luanne the idea to buy Hank a swimming session with a dolphin – because it was more expensive. That idea went south, however, when the dolphin attacked him during the session. When all was said and done, Upon discovering Luanne was being harassed at work, Hank was enraged and threw the man harassing her into the same water where the dolphin was swimming. The dolphin predictably attacked the man and was released into the oceans. Luanne then turned the tape of Hank being attacked by the dolphin into “When Animals Attack” – much to Hank’s dismay.

Protecting Luanne became a recurring theme for Hank after that – proving that he truly does love and care about her. Although, at times Hank Hill wishes Luanne would be more frugal with money and more serious with her life goals. When Luanne finally moves out Hank is thrilled to have his precious den back.

Peggy Hill

It’s clear from the beginning of the series, that Peggy loves Luanne like the daughter she never had. On numerous occasions Peggy is seen protecting Luanne and comforting her when she’s upset.

When Luanne’s mother, Leanne is released from prison, Peggy is the first person to remind Luanne that her mother is an alcoholic and Luanne needs to be careful. Of course Luanne wants to hear nothing of this, dreaming that one day her family will reunite and be happy again. When Leanne lapses and hurts Luanne, Peggy is forced to physically defend Luanne. At a neighborhood barbecue, Leanne pulls a fork and threatens everyone. Peggy beats Leanne up causing her to run off with Bill Dauterive's car.

Although Peggy and Luanne were close before, they became much closer after the incident with Luanne’s mother – spending every Friday night together playing Boggle and other board games.

Bobby Hill

Luanne and Bobby are more like siblings than cousins, and Bobby claims that she's practically his sister. In Naked Ambition, she reminded Bobby of their relation while warning him not to see her naked. They often play practical jokes on each other and gossip frequently. Luanne is also seen breaking Hank’s rules to make Bobby happy – such as the time during the medieval fair when Hank told Luanne not to allow Bobby to wear tights and she clearly let him wear tights. She also cares about Bobby's well-being in religion, when she believed Bobby would go to Hell if he celebrated Halloween or if he tried to see her naked. In Born Again on the Fourth of July, Luanne says she is worried that if Bobby keeps skipping church, he will sell Gracie for pizza (since he stole from Peggy's purse to buy a pizza).

According to Bobby, Luanne is the hippest person he knows.

Romantic

Buckley

Luanne’s first on-screen boyfriend was a monosyllabic, rude, and incompetent clerk at the Mega Lo Mart named Buckley. It seems as though Luanne cared a lot more for Buckley than he did for her, since Buckley's romantic zenith was presenting Luanne with a birthday present that consisted of some old, unwanted CDs, or showing up to Hank's house after he breaks up with her (again) with a box of chocolates, stating they're for himself for later. They were rarely seen speaking and when they were presented engaging in conversation, it usually consisted of Buckley making vague sexual remarks or breaking up with her. It was very clear throughout the series that Hank did not like Buckley and thought of him as a degenerate. In Luanne's Saga, during a short break up Hank states, Luanne had been with Buckley for three weeks. In the second season finale, Buckley ignored Hank's advice not to drag around propane tanks by their nozzles, causing a gas leak that eventually blew up the Mega Lo Mart – trapping Luanne, himself, Hank, and Chuck Mangione inside. The third season premiere reveals that Buckley did not survive explosion. Luanne, Hank, and Chuck survived, but Luanne lost her hair. She took Buckley’s death very hard, but didn’t respond typically. The incident led her to claim that she would quit beauty school and become a "photojournalist" (taking pictures of news broadcasts running on television). She also briefly became outspoken about starving Irish children, showing a picture of an underwear clad Bobby in his kitchen at Buckley's funeral, stating he is one of those starving children. Later, Kahn confronted her, indicating that she merely "put on a strange Sinéad O'Connor act" due to her grief. Eventually, she realized that her anger was a result of her pain over Buckley's death and finally allowed herself to realize what had happened and grieve naturally ("Death of a Propane Salesman"). In "Wings of the Dope", Buckley returns as an angel in Luanne's dreams helping her decide to quit beauty school in favor of community college. He redeems himself for his previous attitude by doing so, as we see at the end that he has earned his halo.

Rad Thibodeaux

After a while of grieving over Buckley’s death, Hank decided Luanne needed to start dating again. Even though she claimed she was not ready, Luanne met self-proclaimed genius Rad Thibodeaux at the Arlen Beauty Academy when she was giving him a haircut. He was extremely careful not to actually make a commitment to her, and used her to hold a party in Boomhauer's house while he was away. When Luanne confronts him about making moves to other women, he brushes her off. When Luanne declares she's dumping him, he casually states they were never official anyway. She mentions to Rhett that she and Rad were in an "on again, off again" committed relationship, but everything lead to sex.

Rad's Ex Best Friend

The only interaction Luanne had with him was sexual, as implied in Luanne Virgin 2.0, when she tells Hank of her previous sexual partners, saying she thinks they all liked her.

Zack

Only mentioned in Luanne Virgin 2.0. He works at Foto-Phast and is implied to smoke marijuana with his blood-shot eyes and emotionless voice. When Luanne goes to pay for the photos, saying she gets his employee discount as his girlfriend, he gives her the regular price, telling her "Its over, Linda." Luanne is confused until Peggy tells her he is breaking up with her, to which Luanne runs out crying. She reveals in the car they slept together, and later in the episode reveals he is the fourth person she's slept with, the others being Buckley, Rad, and Rad's ex-best friend.

Rhett Van Der Graaf

She later becomes a born-again Christian and "virgin" in a church ceremony in which she vowed to never have premarital sex again, where she met Rhett Van Der Graaf, an insecure, neurotic virgin of twenty-two. Overcome by his own sexual desires, he quickly asks Luanne to marry him after only one date. His interest in her was sexual, but he was unwilling to have sex with her or anyone else outside marriage. She almost goes through with it but changes her mind, calls the marriage off, and remains celibate.

Trip Larson

Luanne almost got married a second time to a meat-packing tycoon named Trip Larson. Luanne eventually learns that Trip was only attracted to her because she looks identical to a woman in the company's original advertisement featuring the Swiss woman and a mountain climber posing with a pig. Trip, mentally unstable, had fantasized since childhood of being the pig in the advertisement, and planned to turn Luanne into the Swiss girl by dyeing her hair red without her consent and forcing her to dress in a frilly blue and white pinafore, so that she could care for him. Trip was subsequently killed in a bizarre accident in the slaughter shed when he tried to convince Luanne into committing suicide with him.

Lucky Kleinschmidt

Luanne is introduced to Lucky (a buck-toothed, lazy, 36-year-old stereotypical redneck who supports himself by the money he got from “Slipping on pee-pee at the Costco” and then suing the company). When he and some of his friends begin harassing Kahn at his home, she walks over to put a stop to them when she is swept off her feet – much to the dismay of her Aunt Peggy. Luanne dates and then finally marries Lucky in a backyard wedding that every important character throughout the series run attended, including several one-time characters such as Hank's Japanese half-brother. (The characters were there as this was supposed to be the series finale).

She tells Peggy that although Elroy is the one referred to as “Lucky”, she considers herself the lucky one and whenever people call out for Lucky, she answers – believing they’re talking to her. Lucky consistently shows his devotion and love for Luanne, such as in "Life: A Loser's Manual", when he protects her from learning of her father's true location: not on an oil rig as she believes, but in prison. Lucky is the first romantic partner she had in the series that did not objectify her and only see her for her body, but valued her as a person. She eventually becomes pregnant with his child and gives birth to a daughter she names Gracie Margaret Kleinschmidt.


Production History

The "Lu Ann Platter" is a popular combination platter served at the Luby's cafeteria chain, and is a half portion entree with vegetables. This plate was the inspiration for the character name Luanne Platter. The cafeteria itself is characterized as "Luly's" on the show, and is claimed by Hank to have "8 types of ketchup and 3 types of catsup".(Luanne's Saga)


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Trivia

  • Luanne is one of the two characters to be named after one of her parents in both first and middle name, the second being Joseph, who is called "Joseph John" after his birth father, John Redcorn.
  • At the time of Luanne and Leanne's reunion, the latter mentions she is only around 16 years older than Luanne, meaning that Leanne had intercourse with Hoyt when she was a teen and he was an adult. However, she was probably lying about her age at this time, as she wanted to appear younger than she actually was.
  • She is very good at water-skiing and tends to do it without a life-vest or water-wings.
  • Luanne had alcohol multiple times before she was actually twenty-one and of legal drinking age.
  • In "Movin' On Up", Hank (who knew she was under twenty-one) let her have a beer. However, it is legal for people under 21 to consume alcohol under direct supervision of their legal guardian in Texas.
  • Luanne appeared to inherit Peggy's brown 1985 Buick after Peggy receives her convertible.
  • Luanne is the only person Peggy trusts to be her catcher (while playing softball).
  • Luanne is a very talented mechanic, but has no interest in repairing cars other than to help out her family.
  • Luanne has a birthmark on her bottom in the shape of a Honda key.
  • According to Hank, Luanne has fifty stuffed animals on her bed.
  • Luanne's shoe size is a women's five (the same as Nancy, as she inherits her boots).
  • Luanne lasted three rounds in the ring with Freeda Foreman.
  • When driving, Luanne rarely uses her blinker.
  • Luanne signs her name with a heart.
  • Luanne has had five sexual partners in her lifetime (including her husband, Lucky).
  • Luanne uses Tae Bo (a kick boxing class) whenever she needs to destress.
  • Luanne is a talented topiary artist.
  • Luanne once tackled a woman who was charging at Peggy during a softball game.
  • After she got pregnant, Luanne was never shown with a baby bump until "Lucky See, Monkey Do", where she was two weeks away from giving birth.
  • It is unknown whether she choosed to give her daughter the middle name "Margaret" after Peggy on her own or if Peggy took advantage of her niece being loopy from the pain killers to convince her to do so.

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Memorable Quotes

"No, Uncle Hank. Mama and Daddy are still fighting."

(sobbing) "Mama's in jail. She was saving a quart of beer for before bed, and Daddy threw it out and she went after him with a fork! And the trailer tipped over, and everything went upside down and it's gonna be on Real Stories of the Highway Patrol! And the wig I designed for the Beauty Academy is gonna be ruined! Oh, Uncle Hank, what am I gonna do?"

"Dear Lord, I don't wanna go back to college so please help me be sexy. Amen."

"It's like God takes our picture...before He kills us."

"I'm wearing shorts."

”AHHH! AUNT PEGGY! MR. KHAN SAW ME NAKED!”

(When talking about picking up a pizza) "Why the rush, Aunt Peggy? If we don't get there in 30 minutes it's free"

"Boy. Aunt Peg the words I don't know could fill a dictionary"

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