Award winning actress Julie Harris passed away Saturday from congestive heart failure, she was 87 years old. Harris was a very versatile actress who was a star on the stage, the silver screen and television. Her acting netted her five Tony Awards, three Emmys, a Grammy (for her recording of "The Belle of Amherst" and an Oscar nomination (The Member of the Wedding). She was active until her last days (she appeared in a Broadway documentary that was in post production when he died). She'll always be remembered for her roles as Abra in "East of Eden", Lilimae Clements in the TV soap opera "Knots Landing"and Elenor "Nell" Lance in the film "The Haunting".
Born in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, Julie Harris started on Broadway and made the transition to the cinema and television. Her first film was "The Member of the Wedding" (she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress). Her next film was the John Steinbeck adaptation "East of Eden". She continued to act on stage and television until she co-starred in the film "Requiem for a Heavyweight" and the gothic horror film "The Haunting. In 1966 she guest starred in the Francis Ford Coppola film "You're a Big Boy Now"and the next year she co-starred in John Huston's cult classic "Reflections in a Golden Eye".
For the next forty years, Harris continued to become a mainstay on stage and television whilst making sporadic film roles. In 1975 she starred in the adaptation of "The Hiding Place", guest starred in the blockbuster production of "Voyage of the Damned"and co-starred in "The Bell Jar". Her latter day career mostly consisted of cameo or guest starring roles until she co-starred in the prime-time soap opera "Knots Landing". In 1999, Ms. Harris battled breast cancer, suffered a severe knee injury from a fall onstage and a couple of years later was felled by a stroke. She recovered from both set backs and continued to appear in movies until 2009.
Julie Harris was married and divorced three times. She is survived by her son Peter from her marriage to stage manager Manning Gurian. Ms. Harris is part of a dying breed of actor, the versatile performer who can perform on stage, television and cinema. She will be missed.