“Forgotten Hollywood”- Passing Parade Claims Barbara Harris

Posted on August 22, 2018 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`She was zany, unpredictable, and immensely talented. Barbara Harris, the Tony Award-winning actress whose comic-neurotic charms lit up a Broadway stage and motion pictures, including Nashville, Freaky Friday, Plaza Suite, Family Plot and A Thousand Clowns.

“`Born in 1935 in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Harris was a veteran of two  Second City predecessor groups, Playwrights Theatre Club — which she joined while still in high school — and the Compass Players. Her Compass compatriots included Ed Asner, Elaine May, and Mike Nichols. They all remained lifelong pals. Harris was one of the performers in the historic first group at Chicago’s Second City improvisational theater, which opened its doors in late 1959. Over a half-century, it has become the proving ground for dozens of now-famous actors and comedians, from Alan Arkin and John Belushi to Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.

“`After her film debut in A Thousand Clowns, Barbara Harris co-starred on Broadway in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and The Apple Tree.  She garnered a Tony Award for her performance in the latter production.

“`Other big screen appearances include The Seduction of Joe Tynan, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,  Peggy Sue Got Married, and  Grosse Pointe Blank. On television, Harris had roles in  Alfred Hitchcock Presents,  Naked City, and The Defenders. Her prestigious co-stars included Jason Robards, Dustin Hoffman, Rosiland Russell, Robert Morse, William Devane, Bruce Dern, Karen Black, Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, Lily Tomlin, Alan Alda, Jodie Foster and Meryl Streep.

“`The offbeat Barbara Harris (right) was 83.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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