Julie Harris: Broadway Legend Dies At 87

Sun, August 25, 2013 9:20am EST by 6 Comments
Julie Harris Dies

So sad. One of the most decorated stars in Broadway history passed away on Aug. 24 in West Chatham, Mass. She was 87 years old.

Broadway has lost a legend. Julie Harris, who has won more Tony awards than any other actress, died of congestive heart failure in her Massachusetts home on Aug. 24, according to actress and close friend Francesca James.

Julie Harris: Broadway Actress Passes Away

“I’m still in sort of a place of shock,” said Francesca, who had known Julie for over 50 years. “She was, really, the greatest influence in my life.

Julie, who passed at the age of 87, was known for her incredible virtuosity on the stage. She played the flamboyant Sally Bowles in I Am a Camera but also Emily Dickinson in The Belle of Amherst. Though both roles were polar opposites, Julie was able to convincingly and gracefully portray each one.

And her talents did not go unacknowledged. Over the course of her career Julie won five Tony awards for best actress in a play, more than any other actress in history. She was honored with a sixth Tony, a lifetime achievement award, in 2002, according to USA Today.

In addition to her stellar theater career, Julie also appeared on the primetime soap Knots Landing, as well as films like East of Eden (in which she played James Dean’s romantic interest), The Haunting, and Reflections in a Golden Eye.

Julie suffered a stroke in 2001, and then another in 2010, her friend Francesca said. She was married three times and had one son, Peter Alston Gurian.

Julie’s death is such a tragic loss, but she will not be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this difficult time.

WATCH: Julie Harris At The Cinema Museum London In 2010

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johijing (@johijing)

Posted at 3:10 PM on August 25, 2013  

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Patricia Van Alders

Posted at 1:00 PM on August 25, 2013  

Loved the Woman! Saw her on Broadway along time ago! Saw her in an old Movie, “Member of the Wedding,” —But my FAVE Role for Julie was Joan Van Ark’s Momma on KNOTS LANDING! She Rocked the Part! R.I.P.—-Great Lady of TALENT!

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Posted at 10:25 AM on August 25, 2013  

you know what made he a legend: SHE WAS SOME WOMAN, folks!!

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Posted at 9:29 AM on August 25, 2013  

Rest In Peace Ms Harris

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Posted at 2:14 PM on August 25, 2013  

The filmed interview is with BRITISH COSTUME DESIGNER JULIE HARRIS and NOT the American stage and screen legend JULIE HARRIS who died yesterday. The inclusion of that interview – one with the wrong person – is in the worst possible taste. The British Julie Harris is STILL LIVING.

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Posted at 10:14 PM on August 25, 2013  

@ meunier I’m sorry to tell you It’s in all the newspapers and on web sites and it is the Actress Julie Harris.

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