A generation of actors continues to see its members leave us.
Barbara Harris, well-known for her role as the mother in “Freaky Friday,” passed away at the age of 83 after battling lung cancer.
Unique and Talented Actress
In response to the news of Harris’s death, actor James Woods praised her as “a mammoth talent,” tweeting:
In my early years in New York, Barbara was one of my dearest friends, just a real pal. She was a truly unique individual, and a mammoth talent. This truly breaks my heart. I wish I had known where she was. She had no surviving family. #RIPBarbaraHarris https://t.co/RrmQpMCTRv
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) August 22, 2018
Distinguished Stage Career
While her TV and film career were significant, Harris was also a major player on the stage.
In 1962, she received her first Tony Award nomination for her role in From the Second City. In addition to Harris, the production also featured Paul Sand and Alan Arkin.
Among her other productions were:
Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feelin’ So Sad
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
The Apple Tree
The Diary of Adam and Eve
The Lady and the Tiger
Passionella (she played two roles in this)
In 1967, Harris’ hard work paid off, as she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
TV and Film
While working on stage, Harris was also very busy in both Film and TV.
She first came to prominence on the screen doing Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
Her first big screen role was playing Sandra Markowitz in A Thousand Clowns.
Harris would actually garner a Golden Globe for that role.
The list of leading men she worked with is quite impressive, and includes Alan Alda, Jack Lemmon, and Walter Matthau.
A role that made her a household name, though, was Freaky Friday, in which she co-starred with Jodie Foster.
Eventually, Harris would retire from acting and started a teaching career.
When asked if she would ever go back to acting, she stated, “Well, if someone handed me something fantastic for $10 million, I’d work again.”
Rest in peace, Ms. Harris.