Julie Harris, who clinched an unprecedented six Tony awards for her work on Broadway, died Saturday. According to family and friends, she died at her home in West Chatham, Mass. of congestive heart failure. Harris was 87.
- Your heart muscle cannot pump (eject) the blood out of the heart very well.
- Your heart muscles are stiff and do not fill up with blood easily.
The legendary performer won five Tony Awards for best actress in a play, and a sixth Tony, in 2002, was a special lifetime achievement award for her career that spanned some 60 years. Her stage work included "The Member of the Wedding" (1950), "The Lark" (1955), and "The Last of Mrs. Lincoln" (1972).
Those of us who grew up in the 80s may remember Harris most for her role in "Knots Landing." She played the character of Lilimae Clements on the CBS prime-time drama that ran from 1989 - 1993.
Harris reportedly suffered a stroke in 2001 and another in 2010. A stroke is a very serious condition, sometimes called a "brain attack." According to the NIH, stroke most often occurs when blood flow to the brain stops because it is blocked by a clot.