Julie Harris, seen here playing the role of poet Emily Dickinson, In a Chicago (ca. 1981) touring production of The Belle of Amherst, was lauded as the first lady of the American theater. She died at age 87 at her home in Chatham, Massachusetts, on August 24, 2013. She had appeared in numerous films, most notably, East of Eden, opposite James Dean. An Emmy winner, she appeared frequently in a variety of roles on television and had a long-running part in Knots Landing. Nominated for Tonys 10 times, she won 5 in the category of best performance by a leading actress and was awarded an unprecedented 6th Tony for Lifetime Achievement in the theater in 2002. Her Tonys were for: I am a Camera (1952), The Lark (1956), Forty Carats (1969), The Last of Mrs. Lincoln (1973), and The Belle of Amherst (1977). Harris was thrice divorced and mother of a son.

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