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article imageIn Memoriam: Award-winning actress Julie Harris (1925-2013)

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 25, 2013 in Entertainment
On August 24, 2013, the acting world says goodbye to one of its finest talents: veteran Broadway and television actress Julie Harris.
According to her obituary in the New York Times, Harris passed away at her home in Chatham, Massachusetts from congestive heart failure at the age of 87.
Throughout her decorated acting career, she garnered five Tony awards and 10 nominations. All of her Tony wins were in the “Best Actress in a Play” category. In television, she was awarded three Primetime Emmy awards, all of which were for her performances in “Hallmark Hall of Fame” series, where one of her most notable roles was portraying Queen Victoria in “Victoria Regina.”
In 2002, the Tony awards honored her with a “Special Lifetime Achievement award” to pay tribute to her illustrious career and in 2005 she was awarded the “Drama Desk Career Achievement Award” for her commitment to excellence in theater; moreover, she was made a Kennedy Center Honoree by President George W. Bush.
According to an article in the Washington Post, President Bush praised Harris at the Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony by stating: “It’s hard to imagine the American stage without the face, the voice and the limitless talent of Julie Harris. She has found happiness in her life’s work, and we thank her for sharing that happiness with the whole world.”
In addition to her work as a stage and television actress, Harris excelled on the big screen. In 1953, she was nominated for a “Best Actress” Oscar for the motion picture “The Member of the Wedding,” where she was in the running among such fellow actresses as Bette Davis, Shirley Booth, Joan Crawford and Susan Hayward.
With the exception of the Oscar, she has won every major competitive award in entertainment, including a Grammy.
In 1978, she took home the coveted Grammy award for “Best Spoken Word Recording” for “The Belle of Amherst,” where she was honored for the audio recording of the play. Particularly impressive about this production is that Harris played 15 different characters in the play.
May Julie Harris rest in peace.
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