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Julie Harris (1925-2013)

September 24, 2013

sc002e6bafMany of you may be aware of who Julie Harris and her contribution to broadway, Film & Television.  She is probably best known as James Dean‘s love interest in “East Of Eden“. Other popular films are “The Haunting”, “Harper” with Paul Newman & “The Member of The Wedding“. She has won a number of awards over the years for her incredible performances. Even though she did play the main character in a number of films she never reached the status of a major film star. Most of her film & television performances were that of a supporting role. She passed away on August 24th of this year.
My first Interdiction to Julie Harris was when she played Betsie ten Boom in “The Hiding Place” based on the life of Corrie ten Boom. Over the years, I have watched a number of her films and have become a fan. I have put together a list of my top 6 favorite Julie Harris films. She may not be the lead in all of these films but they are my favorite films that she was a part of. I have also included the movie trailers so you can get a sense of what they are about.
1. The Hiding Place (1975). This is the  incredible true story of Corrie ten Boom and her family who hid Jews from the Nazi’s during World War 2. It has been one of my top favorite movies most of my life. Julie Harris plays Corrie’s sister Betsie. An incredible performance.  Watch the trailer here.
2. Reflections In A Golden Eye (1967). This is a dark drama that is hard to describe. It takes place on a Military base and is a story of a man who has suppressed his homosexuality. He does not love his wife, who is sleeping with her best friend’s husband. It screams Tennessee Williams but was actually written by Carson McCullers. It is hard to describe why I like it but I do. It also stars Elizabeth Taylor & Marlon Brando. Watch the trailer here.
3. How Awful About Allen (1970). The story of a man who temporarily goes blind after the trauma of his father’s death. After returning home from a mental hospital, he is convinced that his sister’s mysterious border is trying to kill him. It has the feel of a Hitchcock film and stars Anthony Perkins from the movie Psycho. I couldn’t find the movie trailer on youtube but you can watch the full film here.
4. The Haunting (1963). It is the terrifying story of a Doctor who takes a small group to study a haunted house. This film, mild on today’s standard of horror, never ceases to freak me out. I can only watch it during the day. Why is it one of my favorite films you ask? Well Julie Harris, who plays the main character, does such a great job. I was blown away at her performance. Watch the trailer here.
5. I Am A Camera (1955). This story takes place in Germany just between the two World Wars. A young writer is struggling to make ends meet while trying to write a novel. He meets Sally (Harris) and she moves in as a roommate to help him out with rent. Little does he know that she is an aspiring actress who leeches on to him and not only doesn’t help with any of the expenses but depletes all of his resources faster then he can replenish them. She plays a character you love to hate. A delightful film. Watch the trailer here.
6. Harper (1966). Harper, a priviate eye, is hired by a wealthy women to find her missing husband. It is mystery that is a lot of fun starring Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall & Robert Wagner. Watch the trailer here.

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