As one of the most honored actors of the 20th century, Harris won five Tony awards for her theater work, in addition to three Emmys and a Grammy. She was also nominated for an Oscar in 1953 for her Lead Actress role in “The Member of the Wedding.” Other honors include the National Medal of Arts in 1994 and a Special Lifetime Achievement Tony award in 2002.
Most known for her stage work, Harris has more Tony wins than any other performer. In addition to her Lifetime Achievement award, the actress was honored for her roles in “I Am a Camera,” “The Lark,” “Forty Carats,” “The Last of Mrs. Lincoln” and “The Belle of Amherst.” This final play, a one-woman show, would be performed by Harris throughout her career.
Julie Harris retired from full-time theater work in 1997 but appeared in occasional television and film work through 2009. One of her biggest roles, however, came slightly earlier in her career — Harris played Lilimae Clements throughout the 1980-1987 run of “Knots Landing.”
Born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan in 1925, Harris had three marriages throughout her life and has one son from the second marriage. She suffered two strokes, in 2001 and in 2010, but it is not clear whether these were related to her death.