Rosemary Harris

Rosemary Ann Harris(born 19 September 1927) is an English actress and a member of the American Theatre Hall of Fame .Throughout her career she has been nominated for an Academy Award , a BAFTA Award and has won a Golden Globe , an Emmy , a Tony Award , an Obie , and five Drama Desk Awards .

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 Rosemary Harris's Early life

Harris was born in Ashby-de-la-Zouch , Leicestershire, England, the daughter of Enid Maude Frances (née Campion) and Stafford Berkley Harris.Her grandmother was Romanian .Her father was in the Royal Air Force and as a result, Harris' family lived in India during her childhood.She attended convent schools , and later studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art from 1951 to 1952.[citation needed]

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 Rosemary Harris's Career

Rosemary Harris, in July 1962, whilst appearing at Chichester Festival Theatre during its opening season

Early in her acting career, she gained experience in English repertory theatre (in 1948, she acted inKiss and Tellat Eastbourne with Tilsa Page and John Clark ) before training at RADA .[citation needed]She first appeared in New York in 1951 in Moss Hart 'sClimate of Eden, and then returned to England for her West End debut inThe Seven Year Itchwhich ran for a year at the Aldwich. She then entered a classical acting period in productions with the Bristol Old Vic and then the Old Vic .[citation needed]

Her first film followed,Beau Brummelwith Stewart Granger and Elizabeth Taylor , and then a touring season with The Old Vic brought her back to Broadway in Tyrone Guthrie 's production ofTroilus and Cressida. She met Ellis Rabb who had plans to start his own producing company on Broadway. By 1959, theAssociation of Producing Artist(APA) was established, and she and Rabb were married in December of that year.[citation needed]

In 1962, she returned to England and Chichester Festival Theatre during its opening season when the director was Laurence Olivier ; she appeared as Elena in Olivier's celebrated 1962-63 Chichester production of Uncle Vanya .In 1964, she was Ophelia to Peter O'Toole'sHamletin the inaugural production of the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain.[citation needed]

Returning to New York, she worked further with the APA, and then was cast as Eleanor of Aquitaine inThe Lion in Winter, a performance that garnered her a Tony Award in 1966. Rabb directed her one last time as Natasha inWar and Peacein 1967, the same year they agreed to divorce.[citation needed]A little while later, Harris married the American writer John Ehle . They settled in Winston-Salem, North Carolina , where their daughter, Jennifer, was born in 1969. Jennifer Ehle followed in her mother's footsteps by becoming a noted film, television and Broadway actress. Ehle and Harris played the young and elderly incarnations, respectively, of the same character in István Szabó 's movieSunshine, about a Hungarian-Jewish family as well as playing the young and old Calypso in the adaptation of The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley . She appeared in the rotating cast of the Off-Broadway staged reading ofWit & Wisdom.In 2007, she received the North Carolina Award for fine arts. Her husband, John Ehle, won the same award in 1972 for literature.

In 2002, she appeared as Aunt May Parker in the first movie adaptation ofSpider-Man, reprising the role in the sequelsSpider-Man 2(2004) andSpider-Man 3(2007).

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 Rosemary Harris's Work

Stage

  • The Road to Mecca [16 December 2011 - 4 March 2012] - Miss Helen [Broadway-Revival]
  • The Royal Family [8 Oct – 13 Dec 2009] – Fanny Cavendish [Broadway-Revival]
  • Oscar and the Lady in Pink [15 Jan – 10 Feb 2008] – George Street Playhouse
  • Oscar and the Lady in Pink [Sep, 2007]– Solo performance Old Globe Theatre , San Diego]
  • Wit & Wisdom[March 2003] – Arclight Theatre [Off-Broadway-Original]
  • Waiting in the Wings [16 Dec 1999 – 28 May 2000] – May Davenport [Broadway-Original Play]
  • A Delicate Balance [21 Apr 1996 – 29 Sep 1996] – Agnes [Broadway-Revival]
  • An Inspector Calls [27 Apr 1994 – 28 May 1995] – Sybil Birling [Broadway-Rivival]
  • Lost in Yonkers [21 Feb 1991 – 3 Jan 1993] – Grandma Kurnitz [Broadway-Original]
  • Hay Fever [12 Dec 1985 – 29 Mar 1986]– Judith Bliss [Broadway-Revival]
  • Pack of Lies [11 Feb 1985 – 25 May 1985] – Barbara Jackson[Broadway-Original]
  • Heartbreak House [7 Dec 1983 – 5 Feb 1984] – Hesione Hushabye [Broadway- Revival]
  • The Royal Family [30 Dec 1975 – 18 Jul 1976] – Julie Cavendish [Broadway-Revival]
  • A Streetcar Named Desire [26 Apr 1973 – 29 Jul 1973] – Blanche Du Bois [Broadway-Revival]
  • The Merchant of Venice [1 Mar 1973 – 7 Apr 1973] – Portia [Broadway-Revival]
  • Old Times [16 Nov 1971 – 26 Feb 1972] – Anna [Broadway-Original]
  • War and Peace [21 Mar 1967 – 17 Jun 1967] – Natasha [Broadway-Original]
  • You Can't Take It With You [10 Feb 1967 – Feb 1967]– Alice Sycamore [Broadway-Revival]
  • The Wild Duck [11 Jan 1967 – 17 Jun 1967] – Gina (alternate)[Broadway-Revival]
  • We, Comrades Three [20 Dec 1966 – Dec 1966] – Young Woman (Alternate) [Broadway-Original]
  • Right You Are If You Think You Are [22 Nov 1966 – Dec 1966] – Signora Ponza (Alternate) [Broadway-Revival]
  • The School for Scandal [21 Nov 1966 – Jan 1967] – Lady Teazle, Epilogue [Broadway-Revival]
  • The Lion in Winter [3 Mar 1966 – 21 May 1966] – Eleanor [Broadway-Original]
  • You Can't Take It With You [23 Nov 1965 – 18 Jun 1966] – Alice Sycamore[Broadway-Revival]
  • Uncle Vanya 1963, Chichester Festival Theatre
  • The Tumbler [24 Feb 1960 – 27 Feb 1960] – Lennie [Broadway-Original]
  • The Disenchanted [3 Dec 1958 – 16 May 1959]– Jere Halliday [Broadway-Original]
  • Interlock [6 Feb 1958 – 8 Feb 1958] – Hilde [Broadway- Original]
  • Troilus and Cressida [26 Dec 1956 – 12 Jan 1957]– Cressida [Broadway-Revival]
  • The Climate of Eden [13 Nov 1952 – 22 Nov 1952 – Mabel [Broadway-Original]

Filmography

  • This Means War(2012)
  • Is Anybody There?(2009)
  • Before the Devil Knows You're Dead(2007)
  • Spider-Man 3(2007)
  • Being Julia(2004)
  • Spider-Man 2(2004)
  • Spider-Man(2002) (as May Parker in this and two sequels)
  • Blow Dry(2001)
  • The Gift(2000)
  • My Life So Far(1999)
  • Sunshine(1999)
  • Hamlet(1996)
  • Looking for Richard(1996)
  • Death of a Salesman(1996)
  • Tom & Viv(1994)
  • The Bridge(1992)
  • The Delinquents(1989)
  • Crossing Delancey(1988)
  • The Chisholms(1979 and 1980) as Minerva Chisholm
  • The Boys from Brazil(1978)
  • Holocaust(1978)
  • Notorious Woman(BBC)
  • A Flea in Her Ear(1968)
  • Beau Brummell(1954)

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 Rosemary Harris's Awards

  • Academy Award Nomination,Tom & Viv.
  • Theatre World award,The Climate of Eden, 1953.
  • Tony award, best actress in a play,The Lion in Winter, 1966.
  • Drama Desk award, outstanding actress in a play,Old Times, 1972.
  • Drama Desk award, outstanding actress in a play,A Streetcar Named Desire,The Merchant of Venice, 1973.
  • Drama Desk award, outstanding actress in a play,The Royal Family, 1976.
  • Drama Desk award, best actress in a play,Pack of Lies, 1985.
  • Emmy Award, outstanding lead actress in a limited series, 1976,Notorious Woman(Masterpiece Theatre, PBS).
  • nomination for the Emmy Award, outstanding lead actress in a limited series, 1978,Holocaust(NBC).
  • Golden Globe Award, best television actress—drama, 1979,Holocaust(1978, NBC).
  • Golden Satellite Award, best performance by an actress in a supporting role, drama,Sunshine, 2001 (shared with her daughter, Jennifer Ehle).
  • NBR Award, National Board of Review, best supporting actress, 1994,Tom & Viv.
  • Obie award, performance,All Over, 2002.

Many other nominations for theatre, film and television awards.

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 Rosemary Harris's References

  1. Rosemary Harris Film Reference bio. Filmreference.com. Retrieved on 27 August 2011.
  2. Rosemary Harris Biography – Yahoo! Movies. Movies.yahoo.com (19 September 1927). Retrieved on 27 August 2011.
  3. Rosemary Harris and the Picture: Madonna of the Slaughtered Jews. Nmia.com. Retrieved on 27 August 2011.
  4. See the VHS recording of this performance issued by Arthur Cantor Films, New York.
  5. "Synopsis of Wit & Wisdom" at Theater Mania
  6. North Carolina Award profile[dead link]

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