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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Remembering Barbara Harris 1935 - 2018

I was lucky enough to see Barbara Harris in a Chicago production of Prelude to a Kiss in April 1991. The actress, who died earlier today at age 83, received the 1967 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for The Apple Tree. She also received two Tony nominations for her performances in From the Second City (1962) and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1966), and she was a co-founder of Chicago’s legendary Second City improv troupe.

Harris received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the 1971 movie, Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? Other film credits include A Thousand Clowns (1965), Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad (1967), Plaza Suite (1971), The War Between Men and Women (1972), Mixed Company (1974), Nashville (1975), Family Plot (1976), Freaky Friday (1976), Movie Movie (1978), The North Avenue Irregulars (1979), The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979), Second-Hand Hearts (1981), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Nice Girls Don't Explode (1987), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) and Grosse Pointe Blank (1997).

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate the life and career of Ms. Harris.

ABC's Naked City on October 3, 1962

"The Lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner" on NBC's The Bell Telephone Hour on February 27, 1966, with her On a Clear Day co-star John Cullum

The 21st Annual Tony Awards on March 26, 1967

Plaza Suite (1971) with Walter Matthau

Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (1971) with Dustin Hoffman

Robert Altman's Nashville (1975)

Alfred Hitchcock's Family Plot (1976) with Bruce Dern

Freaky Friday (1976) with Jodie Foster

The Seduction Of Joe Tynan (1979) with Alan Alda and Meryl Streep

Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) with Kathleen Turner

Nice Girls Don't Explode (1987) with Michelle Meyrink

1 comment:

Jake Epstine said...

Thanks for posting these!