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Also Known As: Died:
Born: August 9, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, theater company director, theatrical producer

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Stage-trained supporting actor Cynthia Harris has lent her reddish-brown hair and green eyes to a variety of projects in the theater and for the screen. She made her NYC debut with The Premise, an acclaimed improvisational group, and spent eight years as a resident member of the OBIE-winning Open Theater's avant-garde ensemble, performing in such memorable works as "America Hurrah" (which led to her first film work as Mary Desti in "Isadora" 1968) and the "The Serpent". On Broadway, she has appeared in "Natural Affection", "Company" and "Bad Habits", among others. On TV, her performance as Wallis Simpson in the miniseries "Edward and Mrs Simpson" (Thames TV and PBS, 1978) earned her a BAFTA nomination as Best Actress. Harris was a regular on two short-lived series, "Sirota's Court" (NBC, 1976-77) and "Husbands, Wives and Lovers" (CBS, 1978) before playing the recurring part of a secretary turned law student during the first season (1986-87) of NBC's "L.A. Law". While many may recall the actress as 'Mrs. B' in a series of TV and radio commercials for Bradlee's department stores, she is perhaps best remembered as Sylvia Buchman, the sometimes overbearing mother to Paul (Paul Reiser) on the NBC sitcom...

Stage-trained supporting actor Cynthia Harris has lent her reddish-brown hair and green eyes to a variety of projects in the theater and for the screen. She made her NYC debut with The Premise, an acclaimed improvisational group, and spent eight years as a resident member of the OBIE-winning Open Theater's avant-garde ensemble, performing in such memorable works as "America Hurrah" (which led to her first film work as Mary Desti in "Isadora" 1968) and the "The Serpent". On Broadway, she has appeared in "Natural Affection", "Company" and "Bad Habits", among others. On TV, her performance as Wallis Simpson in the miniseries "Edward and Mrs Simpson" (Thames TV and PBS, 1978) earned her a BAFTA nomination as Best Actress. Harris was a regular on two short-lived series, "Sirota's Court" (NBC, 1976-77) and "Husbands, Wives and Lovers" (CBS, 1978) before playing the recurring part of a secretary turned law student during the first season (1986-87) of NBC's "L.A. Law". While many may recall the actress as 'Mrs. B' in a series of TV and radio commercials for Bradlee's department stores, she is perhaps best remembered as Sylvia Buchman, the sometimes overbearing mother to Paul (Paul Reiser) on the NBC sitcom "Mad About You". After four seasons (1993-97) as a recurring character, the role was upgraded to regular as of the 1997-98 season.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 I Do & I Don't (2010)
3.
 American Daughter, An (2000) Charlotte "Chubby" Hughes
4.
 Passion's Way (1999)
6.
 Harrison: Cry of the City (1996) Helen Lawson
7.
 Distinguished Gentleman, The (1992) Vera Johnson
8.
 Mannequin 2: On the Move (1991) Mom; Queen
9.
 Pancho Barnes (1988) Mrs Lowe
10.
 Three Men and a Baby (1987) Mrs Hathaway
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Professional stage debut as Lizzie in "The Rainmaker" at Williamstown Theatre Festival
1961:
NYC acting debut, "The Premise"
1963:
Broadway debut, William Inge's "Natural Affection"
1966:
Performed in the Open Theatre's NYC production of "America Hurrah"
1968:
Reprised "America Hurrah" for London debut
1968:
First feature film, "Isadora"; played Mary Desti, the mother of writer-director Preston Sturges
1971:
Appeared on Broadway in the landmark Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical "Company"
1974:
Returned to Broadway in Terrence McNally's "Bad Habits"
1975:
Had recurring role on the ABC sitcom "On the Rocks"
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Debut as series regular on NBC's short-lived "Sirota's Court"
1978:
Was a regular on short-lived CBS series, "Husbands, Wives and Lovers"
1978:
Received BAFTA nomination as Best Actress for her performance as Wallis Warfield Simpson in the miniseries "Edward and Mrs. Simpson"; aired in the USA on PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre"
1979:
Portrayed Bobby Spriner, one of Tom Conti's sexual conquests, in "Reuben, Reuben"
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Appeared in radio and TV commercials for Bradlee's department stores, portraying Mrs. B
1983:
Co-produced theatrical workshop production of "Honky Tonk Nights"
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Played recurring character Iris Hubbard, a secretary-turned-law student, during first season of NBC's "L.A. Law"
1987:
Portrayed a babysitter in "Three Men and A Baby"
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Co-starred on the NBC sitcom "Ann Jillian"
1993:
Joined cast of NBC's "Mad About You", playing recurring character of Sylvia Buchman, Paul's mother; made series regular as of the 1997-1998 season
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Education

Smith College: Northampton , Massachusetts -
Smith College: Northampton , Massachusetts -

Notes

Harris is the co-director of a NYC theater company, TACT (The Actor's Company Theater), which produces five shows a year for the New York Historical Society.

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father:
Saul Harris. Businessman.

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