Julie Harris

The belle of Broadway

Great theater performers have a handicap in the mass-media age. Their work is ephemeral, available later only in the memory of those privileged enough to have seen them in person. One of those great performers was Julie Harris, who died Aug. 24 at 87 and who won a record five Tony Awards for Best Actress, in stage roles as various as Sally Bowles in I Am a Camera, Joan of Arc in The Lark and Emily Dickinson in The Belle of Amherst.

Those performances are gone, but her waiflike beauty ("If I had a bosom, I could rule the world," she...

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