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Julie Harris

Highest Rated:   100% Harper (The Moving Target) (1966)
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A renowned theater actress, Julie Harris also augmented her reputation with strong performances in a number of film and TV roles, despite her aversion to the Hollywood "glamour star" trip. Born to a well-to-do Grosse Pointe, Michigan, family, Harris opted to pursue acting at Yale Drama School rather than make her society debut at age 19. She landed her first Broadway part one year later. Harris' career was truly launched at age 25, however, by her star-making performance as troubled pre-teen tomboy Frankie in Carson McCullers' play The Member of the Wedding in 1950. Reprising her role in the film adaptation of The Member of the Wedding (1952), Harris scored an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in her first major film appearance. Though she did not win, she did win the first of five Tony Awards in 1952 for her Broadway turn as Berlin cabaret singer Sally Bowles in I Am a Camera. Along with the well-received film version of I Am a Camera in 1955, Harris starred in perhaps her best-known film that same year: Elia Kazan's East of Eden. As initially-coquettish Abra, Harris became a sensitive yet sensible romantic lead opposite an anguished James Dean in his legendary debut. With this trio of films, Harris became part of the 1950s cinematic turn toward performative "realism" exemplified by Method actor icons Dean and Marlon Brando (despite her own impatience with the Method after an Actors Studio stint).Harris continued to avoid typecasting by playing a number of different roles in TV, theater, and movie productions throughout the subsequent decades. On film, Harris showed her considerable range as a kindly social worker in the film version of Rod Serling's teleplay Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962), one of the highly disturbed human guinea pigs in the original (and far superior) version of The Haunting (1963), a frustrated nightclub chanteuse in the Paul Newman p.i. vehicle Harper (1966), and a troubled wife in Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967). On stage, Harris' specialty became playing famous women throughout history, including Tony-award winning performances as Joan of Ark in The Lark (1956), Mary Todd Lincoln in The Last of Mrs. Lincoln (1973) (adapted for TV in 1976), and Emily Dickinson in The Belle of Amherst (1977).After surviving a bout with cancer in 1981, Harris achieved considerable fame with a new audience by playing Lilimae Clements on the TV nighttime serial Knot's Landing from 1981 to 1988. After she left the show, Harris returned to films, after nearly a decade, as Sigourney Weaver's friend in Gorillas in the Mist (1988). Harris kept busy throughout the 1990s with supporting roles in several films, including Housesitter (1992) and the George A. Romero/Stephen King chiller The Dark Half (1993), as well as starring roles onstage and in TV films, including Ellen Foster (1997). She was awarded the National Medal of the Arts in 1994. Harris would continue to act throughout the decades to come, memorably appearing in TV movies like Little Surprises and Love is Strange. Harris retired from on-screen acting in 2009, and eventually passed away in 2013. She was 87.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Lightkeepers
  • Mrs. Deacon
2010
No Score Yet Light Keepers
  • Actor
2010
28% Chatham (The Golden Boys)
  • Melodeon Player
2009
No Score Yet The Way Back Home
  • Jo McMillen
2005
83% Broadway: The Golden Age
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet The Last of Mrs. Lincoln
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Not For Ourselves Alone
  • Susan B. Anthony
1999
No Score Yet Primero de Mayo
  • Carlotta
1999
No Score Yet Love Is Strange
  • Sylvia
1999
85% Bad Manners
  • Prof. Harper
1998
No Score Yet Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Ellen Foster
  • Leonora
1997
No Score Yet Ruth Orkin: Frames of Life
  • Actor
1997
64% Carried Away
  • Joseph's Mother
1996
No Score Yet One Christmas
  • Cousin Sook Faulk
1994
No Score Yet Secretos
  • Caroline Phelan
1994
No Score Yet Scarlett
  • Actor
1994
57% The Dark Half
  • Reggie
1993
No Score Yet Vanished Without a Trace
  • Odessa
1993
37% Housesitter
  • Edna Davis
1992
No Score Yet A Woman's Place: An Inspiring Document of Achievement
  • Narrator
1989
No Score Yet The Christmas Wife
  • Iris
1988
83% Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey
  • Roz Carr
1988
No Score Yet Harold Clurman: A Life of Theatre
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet The Woman He Loved
  • Wallis's Mother
1988
No Score Yet Forever James Dean
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Nutcracker: The Motion Picture
  • Claire
1986
No Score Yet Backstairs at the White House
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet The Bell Jar
  • Mrs. Greenwood
1979
No Score Yet Emily Dickinson: A Certain Slant of Light
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Emily Dickinson: A Certain Slant of Light
  • Actor
1977
89% Voyage of the Damned
  • Alice Feinchild
1976
No Score Yet The Last of Mrs. Lincoln
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet America at the Movies
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet The Belle of Amherst
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet The Hiding Place
  • Betsie ten Boom
1975
No Score Yet James Dean: The First American Teenager
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet The Greatest Gift
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet Home for the Holidays
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet How Awful About Allan
  • Katherine
1970
No Score Yet The People Next Door
  • Gerrie Mason
1970
No Score Yet The Split
  • Gladys
1968
No Score Yet Journey to Midnight
  • Actor
1968
57% Reflections in a Golden Eye
  • Alison Langdon
1967
80% You're a Big Boy Now
  • Miss Nora Thing
1966
100% Harper (The Moving Target)
  • Betty Fraley
1966
87% The Haunting
  • Eleanor Lance
1963
90% Requiem for a Heavyweight
  • Grace Miller
1962
No Score Yet The Truth About Women
  • Helen Cooper
1957
No Score Yet I Am a Camera
  • Sally Bowles
1955
88% East of Eden
  • Abra
1955
88% The Member of the Wedding
  • Frankie Addams
1952

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Appearing
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Family Holvak
1975
  • Elizabeth Holvak
  • 1975
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
  • Karen
  • 1973

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