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Julie Harris

Harris, Julie, 1925–2013, American actress, b. Grosse Point, Mich. Harris made her New York debut in It's a Gift (1945). Her versatility and power won her enormous critical acclaim, and she appeared in more than 30 Broadway productions. Outstanding among her many stage performances were leading roles in Macbeth (1948), Member of the Wedding (1950; film, 1952), I Am a Camera (1952; film, 1956), The Lark (1955), Forty Carats (1968), The Last of Mrs. Lincoln (1972), and The Gin Game (1997), as well as her one-woman performance as Emily Dickinson in The Belle of Amherst (1976). Harris's films include East of Eden (1955), The Haunting (1963), The Bell Jar (1979), Gorillas in the Mist (1988), and The Dark Half (1993). On television, Harris had a long-running (1979–87) role on Knots Landing and parts in many other productions, among them the Emmy-winning Little Moon of Alban (1958) and Victoria Regina (1962). Her five Tony awards for best actress (plus a lifetime achievement Tony) are a record.

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