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Also Known As: Julie Ann Harris Died: August 24, 2013
Born: December 2, 1925 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Grosse Pointe, Michigan, USA Profession: actor

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A Tony-, Emmy- and Grammy-winning actress and an Academy Award nominee, Julie Harris distinguished herself early in her diverse career a model for perseverance in the American entertainment industry. Though she made her Broadway debut in the forgotten 1945 flop, "It's a Gift," Harris returned to the Great White Way in a string of critical successes, drawing raves for her lead roles in "The Member of the Wedding" in 1951 and "I Am a Camera" the following year. In Hollywood, Harris coaxed a charismatic but inexperienced James Dean through his film debut in Elia Kazan's "East of Eden" (1955) and later specialized in neurotic older woman roles, from the psychic spinster of "The Haunting" (1964) to the self-mutilating Southern belle of "Reflections in a Golden Eye" (1969). As lead roles in film dried up, Harris dove into work on stage and television, where she recreated several of her theatrical successes, including "The Belle of Amherst" (1976) and "The Last of Mrs. Lincoln" (1976). A diagnosis of breast cancer did not stop Harris from becoming a series regular on the long-running primetime soap opera "Knots Landing" (CBS, 1979-1993), nor did a stroke in 2001 keep the elderly actress from plying her...

A Tony-, Emmy- and Grammy-winning actress and an Academy Award nominee, Julie Harris distinguished herself early in her diverse career a model for perseverance in the American entertainment industry. Though she made her Broadway debut in the forgotten 1945 flop, "It's a Gift," Harris returned to the Great White Way in a string of critical successes, drawing raves for her lead roles in "The Member of the Wedding" in 1951 and "I Am a Camera" the following year. In Hollywood, Harris coaxed a charismatic but inexperienced James Dean through his film debut in Elia Kazan's "East of Eden" (1955) and later specialized in neurotic older woman roles, from the psychic spinster of "The Haunting" (1964) to the self-mutilating Southern belle of "Reflections in a Golden Eye" (1969). As lead roles in film dried up, Harris dove into work on stage and television, where she recreated several of her theatrical successes, including "The Belle of Amherst" (1976) and "The Last of Mrs. Lincoln" (1976). A diagnosis of breast cancer did not stop Harris from becoming a series regular on the long-running primetime soap opera "Knots Landing" (CBS, 1979-1993), nor did a stroke in 2001 keep the elderly actress from plying her trade by sculpting her characterizations around her physical limitations. Awarded the National Medal of the Arts in 1994, Harris was also the recipient of a 2002 Tony Award for lifetime achievement and a 2005 citation from the Kennedy Center for contributions to American culture through the performing arts. Julie Harris died at the age of 87 in August 2013.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Golden Boys, The (2009)
2.
 Love Is Strange (1999) Sylvia
3.
 Beyond the Pale (1999)
4.
 First of May, The (1999) Carlotta
5.
 Frank Lloyd Wright (1997) Voice
6.
 Bad Manners (1997) Professor Harper
7.
 Ellen Foster (1997) Leonora
8.
 Carried Away (1996) Joseph'S Mother
9.
 Christmas Tree, The (1996) Sister Anthony
10.
 Gentle Into the Night (1996) Marta
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Milestones close milestones

1945:
Broadway debut, "It's a Gift"
1948:
TV debut in "Actors Studio"
1950:
Won acclaim portraying a teenager in Carson McCuller's "The Member of the Wedding" on Broadway"
1951:
Starred in the Broadway production of "I Am a Camera"; won first of five Tony Awards
1952:
Film debut recreating her stage role as Frankie in Fred Zinnemann's adaptation of "The Member of the Wedding"; won Oscar nomination as Best Actress
1952:
Toured US and Canada in "I Am a Camera"
1955:
Recreated stage role in film version of "I Am a Camera"
1957:
Receated stage role in NBC "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation "The Lark"
1970:
First TV-movie, "How Awful About Allan"
1973:
TV series debut, "Thicker Than Water" (ABC)
1975:
Starred in the drama series "The Family Holvak" (NBC)
:
Toured the US in her "The Belle of Amherst"
1977:
Made London debut in the one-woman show "The Belle of Amherst"
:
Played Lilimae, mother of Val (Joan Van Ark) on the CBS primetime soap "Knots Landing"
:
Toured as Daisy Werthan in Alfred Uhry's "Driving Miss Daisy"
:
Headlined the national tour of "Lettice and Lovage"
1992:
Starred on Broadway in one-woman show "Lucifer's Child", about author Isak Dinesen
1993:
Off-Broadway debut in Timothy Mason's "The Fiery Furnace"
1994:
Returned to Broadway as Amanda Wingfield in revival of "The Glass Menagerie"
1997:
Earned a record 10th Tony Award nomination for her performance in a revival of "The Gin Game"; later toured in role
2000:
Starred in a Cape Cod production of "The Beauty Queen of Leenane"
2001:
Toured in the play "Fossils"; suffered stroke while performing in Chicago
2002:
Returned to the public eye as the honoree of "A Tribute to Julie Harris" held at Alice Tully Hall at NYC's Lincoln Center
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Education

Mary C Wheeler School: Providence , Rhode Island -
Miss Hewitt's School: New York , New York -
Actors Studio: New York , New York -
Grosse Point Country Day School: Grosse Point , Michigan - 1941
Perry-Mansfield School of the Dance and Theatre: - 1941 - 1943
School of Drama, Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1944 - 1945

Notes

Not to be confused with British costume designer Julie Harris.

Harris was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame

She has received honorary degrees from Mount Holyoke College, Smith Colllege and Ithaca College, among others.

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husband:
Jay I Julien. Attorney, film producer. Married in August 1946; divorced in July 1954.
husband:
Manning Gurian. Stage manager, playwright. Married on October 21, 1954; divorced in 1967.
husband:
Walter Erwin Carroll. Writer. Married on April 26, 1977; divorced in 1982.

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father:
William Pickett Harris. Investment banker.
mother:
Elsie Harris. Nurse.
son:
Peter Alston Gurian.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Julie Harris Talks to Young Actors" Lothrop

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