Following her Broadway debut in 1945, Julie Harris grew to stardom through her characters in The Member of the Wedding, The Lark, I’m a Camera and a number of other plays and films including East of Eden and Requiem for a Heavyweight. She also wrote Julie Harris Talks to Young Performers (1972). The renowned stage actress, who won five Tony awards as well as life achievement recognition, died of congestive heart failure in August 2013.
Julie Harris was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan on December 2, 1925. During her summers, she attended acting camp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where she trained along with her mentor Charlotte Perry. Perry supported Harris to attend the Yale School of Drama, and during her first year there the young actress got her first Broadway role in the 1945 comedy Itis Something Special. Harris became a working performer in the 1940s in small parts in shows including King Henry IV, Part 2 and Oedipus, both starring Laurence Olivier, and Macbeth, starring Michael Redgrave.