Julie Harris

Julia Ann "Julie" Harris ( born December 2, 1925 in Grosse Pointe Park, Wayne County, Michigan; † August 24, 2013 in West Chatham, Massachusetts ) was an American actress.


As the daughter of a banker, Julie Harris learned their craft at the prestigious Yale Drama School. Harris was the first woman to receive a scholarship for this school ( the second was their future fellow actress and girlfriend Joan Van Ark ). They also attended the Actors Studio, and belonged to the generation of actors who learned of the Lee Strasberg Method Acting.

After she had finished her acting training with flying colors, it was for Julie Harris not particularly hard to get to commitment - she was known in professional circles as extremely talented, convertible and energetic. Moreover, they interpreted their roles profiles, regardless of whether it was supporting or minor roles, subtle and always with " depth". The Broadway became aware of the petite actress - and so she made her debut here in 1945 as a 19 -year-old in the play It's A Gift ( The House in Montevideo) by Curt Goetz.

Seven years later, she made ​​her screen debut in the film The Member of the Wedding ( German title " The Girl Frankie" ), a role that she had recently played on Broadway. The 50s marked a career boost, she was occupied in 1955 but as the main role in "East of Eden ", directed by Elia Kazan with James Dean - and world famous for her role as empathetic " Abra ".

More movies with cult status was followed and strengthened its reputation as a convertible and versatile actress of the "big" cinema of the 1950s, 60s and 70s sustainable. So she looked in the films The fist in the face, The Haunting, Reflections in a Golden Eye alongside Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor, bulls - How long will you live, the refuge or Voyage of the Damned next to Maria Schell and Oskar Werner with? .

On television, Harris was among others such series as " Columbo ," " The White House, back door ," see " Knots Landing " and in several television films.

Despite all film and television roles was Julie Harris their passion faithful as a theater actress and stepped way over and over again on Broadway. Here you could admire, among other things as Jeanne d' Arc or as a singer in the musical Skyscraper.

After a long drama abstinence, which had been caused by a stroke in 2001, Julie Harris first appeared in 2006 and again in the film " The Way Back Home." In 2008, she starred in "The Golden Boys." After she had suffered a second stroke in 2010, she retired from acting.


Julie Harris was married three times - with Walter Carroll, Manning Gurian and Jay Julian. All three marriages ended in divorce, from his second marriage went forth a son.

Filmography (selection)


Throughout her career, Julie Harris has received numerous awards and acting awards. Even their involvement in the film The Girl Frankie helped her at the Oscar ceremony in 1953 to a nomination for Best Actress.

In addition to Angela Lansbury and Audra McDonald, who also won five Tonys, Harris received the most Tony Awards, the highest award for theater actors. She also holds the record for most Tony Award nominations (10).

Tony Awards

Harris received three Emmy Award and was nominated for this eleven times.

Emmy Awards

In addition, she was awarded the 1966 Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago theater. In 1994 she was honored by the National Endowment for the Arts with the award for lifetime achievement. 2005 Harris received the Kennedy Award.