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Barbara Harris

Highest Rated:   100% The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979)
Lowest Rated:   50% Plaza Suite (1971)
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Birthplace:   Evanston, Illinois, USA
Goodman graduate Barbara Harris was among the earliest members of Chicago's Second City improvisational troupe. Harris' "everybody's best friend" demeanor, her good looks and offbeat sense of humor assured her steady work both off and on Broadway. In 1967 she won a Tony Award for her work in the whimsical Broadway musical The Apple Tree. Harris made her film debut as the heart-on-sleeve social worker Sandra (which happened to be her real first name) in 1965's A Thousand Clowns. She then re-created her Broadway role in the hot-and-cold movie version of Arthur Kopit's Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad. In 1971, Harris was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in Who is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (did she enjoy selecting films with long-winded titles?) Her subsequent film appearances were as infrequent as they were unpredictable. Only director Robert Altman would have had the inspired notion of casting the very urban Barbara as a country-western wannabe in Nashville (1975); and only Alfred Hitchcock would have come up with the brilliant idea of casting Barbara as a lovably crooked psychic in Family Plot (1976). Both were out-of-left-field casting choices, and both worked superbly -- a tribute not only to the directors' intuition but also to Barbara Harris' boundless versatility.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
80% Grosse Pointe Blank
  • Mary Blank
1997
No Score Yet Abraham
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet The Pamela Principle
  • Waitress
1991
88% Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  • Fanny Eubanks
1988
No Score Yet Casual Sex?
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Nice Girls Don't Explode
  • Mom
1987
No Score Yet Nightstick
  • Comet
1987
85% Peggy Sue Got Married
  • Evelyn Kelcher
1986
No Score Yet Second Hand Hearts
  • Dinette Dusty
1981
100% The Seduction of Joe Tynan
  • Ellie Tynan
1979
75% The North Avenue Irregulars
  • Vickie
1979
No Score Yet Movie Movie
  • Trixie Lane
1978
71% Freaky Friday
  • Ellen Andrews
1976
96% Family Plot
  • Blanche
1976
94% Nashville
  • Albuquerque
1975
No Score Yet The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery
  • Miss Fredericks
1975
No Score Yet Mixed Company
  • Kathy Morrison
1974
No Score Yet The War Between Men and Women
  • Theresa Alice Kozlenko
1972
No Score Yet Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?
  • Allison
1971
50% Plaza Suite
  • Muriel Tate
1971
No Score Yet Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad
  • Rosalie
1967
69% A Thousand Clowns
  • Sandra
1965

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