Last night word broke that the five-time Tony Award winning legendary actress, who also appeared on Knots Landing, Julie Harris passed away at age 87. Harris is one of the most revered performers of all-time.
All My Children’s Francesca James (Evelyn), a long-time friend of Julie Harris’ offered some information and comments to the press on her passing, relating, “Harris died at her West Chatham, Mass., home of congestive heart failure.” 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. As for Julie’s death yesterday, Francesca sadly added, “I’m still in sort of a place of shock. “She was, really, the greatest influence in my life.”
Soap opera fans knew of Julie Harris work from her role as Lilimae Clements, the mother of Valene Ewing played by Joan Van Ark on CBS’ Knots Landing. Fans loved the trouble Lilimae would find herself in, due to the characters free-spirit and trying to protect those she loved, often times making horrible decisions.
But for Harris, her career on the Broadway stage no knows peer. She was awarded the stage’s highest honor for her performances in I Am A Camera, The Lark, Forty Carats, The Last Of Mrs. Lincoln, and The Belle of Amherst. She won a sixth Tony for a lifetime achievement award in 2002. Harris also won two Primetime Emmys during the course of her career. And, was awarded a Kennedy Center Honor in 2005!
Now after the jump, watch Lilimae Clements arrival on the cul de sac on Knots Landing in a scene with Michele Lee (Karen). Then, let us know your thoughts on the passing of Julie Harris, and if you have some favorite moments with Julie as Lilimae!