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Julie Harris Dead - Broadway Legend Dies at 87

Julie Harris Dead - Broadway Legend Dies at 87

Legendary Broadway actress Julie Harris has died at the age of 87, according to the Associated Press.

The actress passed away at her home in West Chatham, Mass., her friend Francesca James told the news wire. She previously had suffered two strokes.

During her career, Julie won an unprecedented five Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Play. She was also given a special Lifetime Achievement Tony Award in 2002.

Most audiences will probably remember Julie for playing the free-spirited Lilimae Clements for more than seven years on the classic television series Knot’s Landing or as the leading lady in James Dean‘s East of Eden.

We send our condolences to Julie‘s friends and family during this difficult time.

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  • Teddy VonVuten

    She was brilliant in Member of the Wedding, what a loss, first Karen Black now her, so much talent gone. RIP.

  • tondar

    I wanted to name my daughter after her. She was Abra in East of Eden. Thought it was such a beautiful, magical name and she was so sweet. Years later I told my daughter and she thought it was a horrible name and was so glad I changed my mind. Still love the name though and Julie’s performance.

  • ed rosenthal

    Saw her play Peter Pan on Broadway when I was 8 years old. I’ve wanted to fly ever since.

  • Ray


    One of my fave movies of all time!! This is sad news :(

  • al

    come out of the closet and you can fly all the time

  • 2l8

    Julie Harris was truly a rare talent. Over the course of her career she was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, winning five and was nominated for 11 Emmy Awards, winning three. She also won a Grammy Award. Amazing.

  • Jack S.

    Such a gifted actress. Loved watching her in her Oscar nominated performance of “Member of the Wedding”. Julie will forever be in my heart.

  • Jean Marchand

    I fell in love with Julie Harris in the early ’70′s and wrote to her. She very graciously replied two weeks later – a letter from California – and for a few years we wrote to each other, mainly about the theater and the demands of acting. She has floored me many times, in plays and movies. Her performance in “The Belle of Amherst” remains, for me, one of the most transcendental ever given by anyone. Rest in peace, Ms Harris. You will be greatly missed.

  • kel

    She was a great actress. Rest In Peace, Miss Julie.

  • Jennifer

    Loved her in Knots Landing, she was just wonderful. R.I.P. Julie!

  • Luca

    RIP Julie…. you can leave your condolence at Julie’s memorial tribute: