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Julie Harris (I) (1925–2013)

One of the finest classical and contemporary leading ladies ever to grace the 20th century American stage, five-time Tony Award winner Julie Harris was rather remote and reserved on camera, finding her true glow in front of the theatre lights. The freckled, red-haired actress not only was nominated for a whopping total of ten Tony awards and was a... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Knots Landing Lilimae Clements / Lilliemae Clements
East of Eden
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 2009 The Lightkeepers
Mrs. Deacon
 2008 The Golden Boys
Melodeon Player
 2006 The Way Back Home
Jo McMillen
 1999 The First of May
 1999 Love Is Strange (TV Movie)
Sylvia McClain
 1998 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
- Lithia (1998) ... Hera
 1998 Passage to Paradise
Martha McGraw
 1997 Ellen Foster (TV Movie)
Leonora Nelson
 1997 Bad Manners
Professor Harper
 1996 The Christmas Tree (TV Movie)
Sister Anthony
 1996 Little Surprises (TV Short)
 1996 Carried Away
Joseph's Mother
 1995 Lucifer's Child (TV Movie)
Isak Dinesen
 1995 Secrets (TV Movie)
Caroline Phelan
 1994 One Christmas (TV Movie)
 1994 Scarlett (TV Mini-Series)
Eleanor Butler
- Episode #1.4 (1994) ... Eleanor Butler
- Episode #1.3 (1994) ... Eleanor Butler
- Episode #1.2 (1994) ... Eleanor Butler
- Episode #1.1 (1994) ... Eleanor Butler
 1993 When Love Kills: The Seduction of John Hearn (TV Movie)
Alice Hearn
 1993 The Dark Half
Reggie Delesseps
 1992 HouseSitter
Edna Davis
 1990 The Civil War (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Mary Chestnut
- War Is All Hell (1865) (1990) ... Mary Chestnut (voice)
- The Better Angels of Our Nature (1865) (1990) ... Mary Chestnut (voice)
- Valley of the Shadow of Death (1864) (1990) ... Mary Chestnut (voice)
- Most Hallowed Ground (1864) (1990) ... Mary Chestnut (voice)
- The Universe of Battle (1863) (1990) ... Mary Chestnut (voice)
 1989 Single Women Married Men (TV Movie)
Lucille Frankyl
 1988 The Christmas Wife (TV Movie)
 1988 Too Good to Be True (TV Movie)
Margaret Berent
 1988 Gorillas in the Mist
Roz Carr
 1988 The Woman He Loved (TV Movie)
 1987 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Irene Culver
- Who Killed Maxwell Thorn? (1987) ... Irene Culver
 1986 Nutcracker
Clara's Voice (voice)
 1986 Family Ties (TV Series)
- The Freshman and the Senior (1986) ... Margaret
 1986 Annihilator (TV Movie)
 1985 Crimewave (uncredited)
 1985 Gifts of Greatness (Video)
 1979 The Gift (TV Movie)
Anne Devlin
 1979 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Mrs. Foster / Mrs. Bixby
- The Way Up to Heaven (1979) ... Mrs. Foster
 1979 The Bell Jar
Mrs. Greenwood
 1978 Stubby Pringle's Christmas (TV Movie)
Georgia Henderson
 1976 Voyage of the Damned
Alice Fienchild
 1975 The Family Holvak (TV Series)
Elizabeth Holvak
- The Wedding (1975) ... Elizabeth Holvak
- The Tribute (1975) ... Elizabeth Holvak
- The Devil's Chariot (1975) ... Elizabeth Holvak
- Willing Heart (1975) ... Elizabeth Holvak
- First Love: Part 2 (1975) ... Elizabeth Holvak
 1974 The Greatest Gift (TV Movie)
Elizabeth Holvak
 1973 The Evil Touch (TV Series)
Jenny / Aunt Carrie
- The Upper Hand (1973) ... Jenny
- Happy New Year, Aunt Carrie (1973) ... Aunt Carrie
 1973 Hawkins (TV Series)
Janet Hubbard
- Die, Darling, Die (1973) ... Janet Hubbard
 1973 Columbo (TV Series)
Karen Fielding
- Any Old Port in a Storm (1973) ... Karen Fielding
 1973 Medical Center (TV Series)
- The Guilty (1973) ... Helen
 1972 Home for the Holidays (TV Movie)
Elizabeth Hall Morgan
 1971 The Virginian (TV Series)
- Wolf Track (1971) ... Jenny
 1970 How Awful About Allan (TV Movie)
 1969-1970 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Ruth 'Doc' Harmon / Verna Ward
- So Long, Baby, and Amen (1970) ... Ruth 'Doc' Harmon
- The Bobby Currier Story (1969) ... Verna Ward
 1970 The People Next Door
Gerrie Mason
 1970 House on Greenapple Road (TV Movie)
Leona Miller
 1968 Journey to Midnight
Leona Gillings (episode "The Indian Spirit Guide")
 1968 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Jennie Hall
- A Stranger Everywhere (1968) ... Jennie Hall
 1968 Journey to the Unknown (TV Series)
Leona Gillings
- The Indian Spirit Guide (1968) ... Leona Gillings
 1968 The Split
 1968 Bonanza (TV Series)
Sarah Carter
- A Dream to Dream (1968) ... Sarah Carter
 1968 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
- Faith's Way (1968) ... Faith
 1967-1968 Tarzan (TV Series)
Charity Jones
- The Four O'Clock Army: Part 2 (1968) ... Charity Jones
- The Four O'Clock Army: Part 1 (1968) ... Charity Jones
- The Perils of Charity Jones: Part 2 (1967) ... Charity Jones
- The Perils of Charity Jones: Part 1 (1967) ... Charity Jones
 1968 Run for Your Life (TV Series)
Lucrece Lawrence
- The Rape of Lucrece (1968) ... Lucrece Lawrence
 1968 Garrison's Gorillas (TV Series)
Therese Donet
- Run from Death (1968) ... Therese Donet
 1967 Reflections in a Golden Eye
Alison Langdon
 1967/II Anastasia (TV Movie)
 1966 You're a Big Boy Now
Miss Thing
 1966 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Isobel Cain / Vicky Cain
- Nightmare (1966) ... Isobel Cain / Vicky Cain
 1966 Harper
Betty Fraley
 1965 Laredo (TV Series)
- Rendezvous at Arillo (1965) ... Annamay
 1965 Rawhide (TV Series)
Emma Teall
- The Calf Women (1965) ... Emma Teall
 1964/II Hamlet
 1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Lucy Bram
- The Robrioz Ring (1964) ... Lucy Bram
 1964 Little Moon of Alban (TV Movie)
Brigid Mary
 1963 Pygmalion (TV Movie)
Eliza Doolittle
 1961 Victoria Regina (TV Movie)
Queen Victoria
 1961 The Power and the Glory (TV Movie)
Maria (Priest's Mistress)
 1960-1961 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Julia / Mattie Silver
- The Night of the Storm (1961) ... Julia
- Ethan Frome (1960) ... Mattie Silver
 1961 The Heiress (TV Movie)
Catherine Sloper
 1961 Play of the Week (TV Series)
 1960 Sunday Showcase (TV Series)
- Turn the Key Deftly (1960) ... Francesca
 1959 A Doll's House (TV Movie)
Nora Helmer
 1958 The Poacher's Daughter
Sally Hamil
 1958 Johnny Belinda (TV Movie)
 1958 Little Moon of Alban (TV Movie)
Brigid Mary
 1957 The Truth About Women
Helen Cooper
 1957 The Lark (TV Movie)
Joan of Arc
 1956 The Good Fairy (TV Movie)
 1955 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
- A Wind from the South (1955) ... Shevawn
 1951-1953 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Happy Rest (1953)
- October Story (1951)
 1951 Starlight Theatre (TV Series)
 1948-1949 Actor's Studio (TV Series)
- Dead Man (1949)
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She played Emily Dickinson in William Luce's play, "The Belle of Amherst," at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. Charles Nelson Reilly was director. See more »

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[About actresses successfully blending their career and their family]: It mixes very well if you have a balance about it. It was just at the time when I had a family, I wasn't balanced about it. I was rigid about how it should be and you can't be rigid about anything. I was brought up to think there was a proper place for everything. I thought then that you shouldn't nurse a baby in the theater. ... See more »


Julie Harris is the most honored performer in Tony history with ten nominations and five victories. She won the award as Best Actress (Dramatic) for "I Am A Camera" (1952), "The Lark" (1956), "Forty Carats" (1969), and "The Last of Mrs. Lincoln" (1973); and as Best Actress (Play) for "The Belle of Amherst" (1977). Her five additional nominations were: for Best Actress (dramatic), "Marathon '33" (... See more »


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