Julie Harris

Date of Death: August 24, 2013 (87)

Birth Place: Grosse Point Park, MI, USA

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Julie Harris was an American actress known for her captivating performances on stage and screen. Born on December 2, 1925, in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, Harris began her acting career at the young age of 14 when she enrolled at the Yale Drama School.
Harris made her Broadway debut in 1945 in the play "It's a Gift" and went on to become one of the most celebrated actresses of her time. She received five Tony Awards throughout her career, including one for her performance in "I Am a Camera" in 1952 and another for "The Lark" in 1956. She also earned Tony nominations for her roles in "The Member of the Wedding," "Little Moon of Alban," and "Skyscraper."
Harris was known for her ability to bring complex characters to life on stage, and her performances were often praised for their emotional depth and authenticity. She was particularly adept at portraying troubled or conflicted women, and her performances in plays like "The Belle of Amherst" and "The Last of Mrs. Lincoln" are still remembered as some of the most powerful in Broadway history.
In addition to her work on stage, Harris also had a successful career in film and television. She made her film debut in 1952 in "The Member of the Wedding" and went on to appear in several other movies, including "East of Eden" and "Requiem for a Heavyweight." She also had a recurring role on the hit TV series "Knots Landing" in the 1980s.
Despite her success in Hollywood, Harris always considered the stage to be her true home. She continued to perform on Broadway well into her 70s, and her final performance was in the play "The Gin Game" in 1997.
Harris passed away on August 24, 2013, at the age of 87. She left behind a legacy as one of the greatest actresses of her generation, and her contributions to the world of theater will never be forgotten.

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Julie Harris STAGE CREDITS

[Broadway]
1997
Fonsia Dorsey

[Broadway]
Roundabout Revival, 1994
The Mother

[Broadway]
1991
Isak Dinesen, Baroness Karen Blixen

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1980
Clarice

[Broadway]
1979
Gertie Kessel

[Broadway]
1976
Edward Dickinson

Lavinia Dickinson

Maggie Maher

Jennie Hitchcock

James Francis Billings

Mary Lyon

Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Emily Norcross Dickinson

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson

Uriah Crowell

Charles Wadsworth

Buffy

Abby Wood

Austin Dickinson

Susan Gilbert Dickinson

[Broadway]
1974
Lydia Cruttwell

[Broadway]
1973
Mrs. Rogers

[Broadway]
1972
Mary Lincoln

[Broadway]
1972
Claire

[Broadway]
1971
Anna Reardon

[Broadway]
1968
Ann Stanley

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1965
Georgina

[Broadway]
1964
Annie

[Broadway]
1963
June

[Broadway]
1961
Josefa Lantenay

[Broadway]
1960
Brigid Mary Mangan

[Broadway]
1959
Ruth Arnold

[Broadway]
1957
Mrs. Margery Pinchwife

[Broadway]
1955
Joan

[Broadway]
1954
Colombe

[Broadway]
1951
Sally Bowles

[Broadway]
1950
Frankie Addams

[Broadway]
1949
Felisa

[Broadway]
1949
Angel Tuttle

[Broadway]
1948
Nancy Gear

[Broadway]
1948
Ida Mae

[Broadway]
1948
Witch

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1947
White Rabbit (Alternate)

[Broadway]
1946
Ensemble

[Broadway]
1946
Performer

[Broadway]
1945
Performer

Atlanta


Julie Harris Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 1973 - Outstanding Performance

Julie Harris, The Last of Mrs. Lincoln

Theatre World Awards - 1949 - Performance

Julie Harris, Sundown Beach

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Betty Buckley Joins the Cast of Blumhouse Horror Film IMAGINARY

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Photo Exclusive: First Look At 9/10 By Richard Willett Off-Broadway World Premiere

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Jason Alexander and Jerome Robbins To Be Honored At The Actors' Temple, June 12

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ON THE FLY 2023: THEN & NOW to be Presented at The Actors Studio This Weekend

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Julie Harris FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Julie Harris has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. She received a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre at the Tony Awards. She was also nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for "The Gin Game" and "Lucifer's Child" at the Tony Awards. Additionally, she received nominations for The American Express Tribute at the Helen Hayes Awards, Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production for "Lettice & Lovage," "Lucifer's Child," and "Driving Miss Daisy" at the Helen Hayes Awards. Harris was also nominated for Best Actress - Play for "Lucifer's Child" at the Outer Critics Circle Awards. She received nominations for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for "The Belle of Amherst," "The Au Pair Man," "The Last of Mrs. Lincoln," "Forty Carats," "Marathon '33," and "The Lark" at the Tony Awards. She won the Unique Theatrical Experience award for "The Belle of Amherst" at the Drama Desk Awards. Harris also received the Outstanding Performance award for "The Last of Mrs. Lincoln" at the Drama Desk Awards and the Oustanding Actress in a Play award for the same production at the Outer Critics Circle Awards. Furthermore, she received the Distinguished Performance Award at the Drama League Awards. Lastly, Harris was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for "I Am a Camera" and received a Performance award at the Theatre World Awards for "Sundown Beach."

Julie Harris has won several awards throughout her career. She received the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre at the Tony Awards. She also received the American Express Tribute at the Helen Hayes Awards. Additionally, she won the Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production award at the Helen Hayes Awards for her role in Lettice & Lovage. Harris won the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play Tony Award for her performance in The Belle of Amherst. She also received the Outstanding Performance award at the Drama Desk Awards for The Last of Mrs. Lincoln. Furthermore, she won the Outstanding Actress in a Play award at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for the same production. Harris won the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play Tony Award for The Last of Mrs. Lincoln. She also won the same award for Forty Carats and The Lark. She received the Distinguished Performance Award at the Drama League Awards. Additionally, she won the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play Tony Award for I Am a Camera. Finally, Harris received the Performance award at the Theatre World Awards for Sundown Beach. These are the various awards that Julie Harris has won throughout her illustrious career.

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