Veteran film and theatre actor won greatest accolades for her work on BroadwayJulie Harris, one of Broadway’s most honoured performers, whose roles ranged from the flamboyant Sally Bowles in I Am a Camera to the reclusive Emily Dickinson in The Belle of Amherst, died on Saturday. She was 87.Harris died at her home in West Chatham, Massachusetts, of congestive heart failure, the actor and family friend Francesca James said.Harris won a record five Tony awards for best actress in a play, displaying a virtuosity that enabled her to portray an astonishing gallery of women during a theatre career that spanned almost 60 years and included such plays as The Member of the Wedding (1950), The Lark (1955), Forty Carats (1968) and The Last of Mrs Lincoln (1972).She received a sixth Tony, a special lifetime achievement award, in 2002. Harris had suffered a stroke in 2001 while she was in Chicago appearing in a production of Claudia Allen’s Fossils. She suffered another stroke in 2010, James said.Television viewers knew Harris as the free-spirited Lilimae Clements on the prime-time soap opera Knots Landing. In the movies, she was James Dean’s romantic co-star in East of Eden (1955), and had roles in such …read more

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