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Julie Harris, the US actress known for record Tony Award wins, passed away at 87

Aug 26, 2013 13:43 IST

Julie Harris, the US actress known for stage and screen, passed away on 25 August 2013 at the age of 87 years at West Chatham, Massachusetts, United States. She was most popular for her roles in the Broadway, for which she has the record of most Tony Award Wins. She died because of heart failure.

Life History of Julie Harris

• Julie Harris was born on 2 December 1925 at Grosse Pointe, Michigan, United States.
• She made her debut in the year 1945 to the Broadway.
• She held the record of winning five Tony Awards. Only other performers who have won five competitive Tony Awards include Angela Lansbury and Audra McDonald.
• For her 1950 play The Member of the Wedding, she was nominated for an Oscar. The play was adapted for big screen in the year 1953.
• She won her first Tony Award in the year 1952 for playing the role of Sally Bowles in I Am a Camera, adapted from Christopher Isherwood's book Berlin Stories.
• Other works for which she won Tony awards included playing Joan of Arc in The Lark in 1956, for Forty Carats in 1969, role as Abraham Lincoln's wife Mary Todd Lincoln in 1973's The Last of Mrs Lincoln. Final Tony Award came for portraying poet Emily Dickinson in her one-woman show The Belle of Amherst in 1977. This performance also won her the Grammy Award for best spoken word recording.
• She received a special lifetime achievement Tony in the year 2002.
• She appeared in over 30 films including playing James Dean's love interest in East of Eden, on the Silver Screen.
• For the Television, she won three Emmy Awards between 1959 and 2000 as well as playing country music singer Lilimae Clements in Knot's Landing in the 1980s.
• In the year 1994, she was also awarded the National Medal of Arts.
• She was the member of the American Theatre Hall of Fame.

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