Veteran stage, TV and film actress Julie Harris passed away Saturday. She was 87. Harris died of congestive heart failure at home in West Chatham, Massachusetts, per NYT. The celebrated performer best known for her long and highly decorated Broadway career won five Tony Awards, three Emmys, and one Grammy over five decades in showbiz – narrowly missing the elusive EGOT with her 1953 Best Actress Oscar nomination for Carson McCullers’ The Member of the Wedding, her first screen role. Onstage Harris originated the role of Sally Bowles in 1951’s I Am a Camera and starred in a subsequent 1955 film adaptation, which in turn inspired the musical and Liza Minnelli pic Cabaret. Harris starred opposite James Dean in East of Eden, with Paul Newman in Harper, and in Robert Wise’s The Haunting while acting steadily in theater and television through the 1960s and 1970s. In 1980 she joined the cast of CBS soap Knots Landing as Lilliemae Clements, one of her more memorable small screen roles, and portrayed Mary Chesnut in Ken Burns’ 1990 docu miniseries The Civil War. She was nominated eleven times for an Emmy, winning the award three times for Hallmark Hall Of Fame presentations Little Moon of Alban Harris and Victoria Regina and for her voice-over work on Burns’ PBS’s 1999 program Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony. Harris was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Tony in 2002 and was feted with Kennedy Center honors in 2005.
R.I.P. Julie Harris
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