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Mrs. Harris (2005)

TV-MA | | Drama | TV Movie 25 February 2006
Based on the sensational 1980s media event, famed cardiologist Herman Tarnower meets a particularly brutal end at the hands of his jilted lover, Jean Harris.

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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 32 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jean Harris
... Herman Tarnower
... Pearl 'Billie' Schwartz - Tarnower's Sister
... Judge Leggett (as Lawrence O'Donnell Jr.)
... George Bolen
... Joel Arnou
... Marge Richey Jacobson
... Leslie Jacobson
... Henri
... Young David Harris
... Young Jimmy Harris
... Tarnower's Best Friend
... Tarnower Ex #1
... Tarnower's Ex #2
... Former Tarnower Steady
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Fact-based story about Jean Harris (Annette Bening), a woman who was accused of murdering famed Scarsdale Diet Dr. Herman (Hi) Tarnower (Ben Kingsley) after being in a relationship with him for 14 years. Depicted as a womanizer, Dr. Tarnower had earlier asked Mrs. Harris, a divorced school teacher, to marry him. But when faced with upcoming nuptials, he backed out. The story depicts Mrs. Harris as a distraught and obsessive woman who may have been suffering from some mental illness and based on a note sent to the doctor, may have been suicidal at the time of the murder. She contended that Dr. Tarnower was shot while the two wrestled with a gun she was going to use to kill herself. Contains profanity and sexual situations, including implied masturbation. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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She Loved Him, So She Shot Him.

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25 February 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Doamna Harris  »

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Ellen Burstyn received an Emmy nomination for her performance, even though her character only appears on screen for 11 seconds and has only two lines. See more »

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Arthur Schulte: I was asleep. You never expect one of those wee-hours phone calls informing you that... that your good friend's just been shot dead. When Lynne hung up, I said to Viv "Well, if he's dead why couldn't she have waited until morning?".
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Featured in The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2006) See more »

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It Must Be Him
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Riveting Performances by A Cast of Veteran Actors
19 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

I always wanted to know the details of the Jean Harris murder story. However, because I kept to scholarly reading, I didn't want to take the time or money to buy the books & magazines about her circumstances.

Now that I've seen the show, I have a greater understanding of the background history & consequential events that led to Harris's trial & conviction.

My knowledge grew because I witnessed riveting performances by a host of veteran actors: ones that I have grown to trust NOT to be involved in shameless mockeries of the truth, like the "Path to 9/11" is. I'm more curious to go back & read the books, newspapers & magazines about "Mrs. Harris."


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