Harris, Julie, 1925–, American actress, b. Grosse Point, Mich. Harris made her New York debut in It's a Gift (1945). Her versatility and power have won her enormous critical acclaim. Outstanding among her many stage performances were leading roles in Macbeth (1948), Member of the Wedding (1950; film, 1952), I Am a Camera (1951; film, 1956), The Lark (1955), Forty Carats (1968), The Last of Mrs. Lincoln (1972), and The Gin Game (1997), as well as her one-woman performance as Emily Dickinson in The Belle of Amherst (1976). Harris's films include East of Eden (1955), The Haunting (1963), The Bell Jar (1979), Gorillas in the Mist (1988), and The Dark Half (1993). She is also a television performer; in addition to her long-running (1979–87) role on the series Knots Landing, she has had parts in many other productions, among them the Emmy-winning Little Moon of Alban (1958) and Victoria Regina (1962). Her five Tony awards for best actress are a record.
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