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Julie Harris Biography

Birth Name:
Julia Ann Harris
Birth Place:
Grosse Pointe, Michigan, United States

Fast Facts

  • Appeared in the original Broadway productions of The Member of the Wedding and I Am a Camera, and then reprised the roles on the big screen
  • Played a 12-year-old girl in the film The Member of the Wedding when she was in her 20s
  • Awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1994, a Special Lifetime Achievement Tony in 2002 and a Kennedy Center Honor in 2005
  • Member of the American Theatre Hall of Fame
  • Has done voiceover work for a number of Ken Burns documentaries, including The Civil War and Brooklyn Bridge
  • After rehabbing from a 2001 stroke, played a stroke victim in The Way Back Home (2006)
  • Has been in more than 18 plays directed by Charles Nelson Reilly
  • The Beverly Hills Theatre Guild holds an annual Julie Harris Playwright Award Competition, a nationwide contest for unproduced scripts


  • 2000Emmy-Outstanding Voice-Over Performance: winner
  • 2000Emmy-Outstanding Voice-Over Performance: winner
  • 1998Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 1988Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special: nominated
  • 1982Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1977Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama or Comedy Special: nominated
  • 1967Emmy-Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Drama: nominated
  • 1965Emmy-Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment: nominated
  • 1962Emmy-Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1959Emmy-Best Single Performance by an Actress: winner
  • 1956Emmy-Best Actress-Single Performance: nominated
  • 1956BAFTA Film Awards-Best Foreign Actress: nominated
  • 1952Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated


  • Jay Julian--Ex-husband
  • Manning Gurian--Ex-husband
  • Walter Carroll--Ex-husband
  • William Pickett Harris--Father
  • Elsie L. Harris--Mother
  • Peter Gurian--Son