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Memorial planned for actress Julie Harris Dec. 3 in N.Y.

Nov. 25, 2013 at 1:30 AM   |   Comments

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NEW YORK, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- A memorial celebration in honor of the late actress Julie Harris is to take place Dec. 3 at the Barnard B. Jacobs Theatre in New York, organizers said.

Among her friends expected to attend are Zoe Caldwell, Rosemary Harris, Cherry Jones, Hal Holbrook and Christopher Plummer.

The event is open to the public.

Harris died of congestive heart failure this past August. She was 87.

"Miss Harris, often called the first lady of the American theater, set a record of 10 Tony nominations and five Tony Award wins for Best Leading Actress in a play with a sixth Tony for Lifetime Achievement," her representatives said in a release.

"In 1950, she amazed theater audiences and critics alike when, at the age of 24, she played the 12-year-old Frankie Adams in Carson McCullers 'The Member of the Wedding.' Her name went above the title with her next play, John van Druten's 'I Am a Camera,' and remained there through the next several decades. Her film work included 'East of Eden' opposite James Dean, 'Requiem for a Heavyweight,' with Anthony Quinn, Mickey Rooney, and Jackie Gleason, 'The Haunting,' with Clare Bloom and 'Reflections in a Golden Eye,' with Brain Keith, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando. While she loved her film and television work, her heart was always in the theater and few actors have been so admired both on and off the stage."

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