Rosemary Ann Harris (born 19 September 1927) is an English actress and a member of the American Theatre Hall of Fame. She is a nine-time [1 ] Tony Award nominee, winning Best Actress in a Play in 1966 for . She has also been nominated for an The Lion in Winter Academy Award and a BAFTA Award and has won a Golden Globe, an Emmy, an Obie, and four Drama Desk Awards. She is the mother of actress Jennifer Ehle. Early life [edit ]
Harris was born in
Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, the daughter of Enid Maude Frances (née Campion) and Stafford Berkely Harris. [2 ] One of her grandmothers, born into a family of [3 ] boyars in Muntenia, was Romanian. [4 ] Her father was in the [5 ] Royal Air Force and as a result, Harris' family lived in India during her childhood. She attended [4 ] convent schools, and later studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art from 1951 to 1952. Career [edit ]
Rosemary Harris, in July 1962, while appearing at Chichester Festival Theatre during its opening season
Early in her acting career, she gained experience in English
repertory theatre. In 1948, she acted in Kiss and Tell at Eastbourne with Tilsa Page and John Clark before training at RADA. She first appeared in New York in 1951 in Moss Hart's Climate of Eden, and then returned to Britain for her West End debut in The Seven Year Itch which ran for a year at the Aldwich. She then entered a classical acting period in productions with the Bristol Old Vic and then the Old Vic.
Her first film followed,
(1954) with Beau Brummel Stewart Granger and Elizabeth Taylor, and then a touring season with the Old Vic brought her back to Broadway in Tyrone Guthrie's production of . She met Troilus and Cressida Ellis Rabb who had plans to start his own producing company on Broadway. By 1959, the Association of Producing Artist (APA) was established, and she and Rabb were married in December of that year.
In 1962, she returned to Britain and
Chichester Festival Theatre during its opening season when the director was Laurence Olivier; she appeared as Elena in Olivier's celebrated 1962-63 Chichester production of Uncle Vanya. In 1964, she was Ophelia to [6 ] Peter O'Toole's in the inaugural production of the Hamlet Royal National Theatre of Great Britain.
Returning to New York, she worked further with the APA, and then was cast as
Eleanor of Aquitaine in , a performance that garnered her a The Lion in Winter Tony Award in 1966. Rabb directed her one last time as Natasha in in 1967, the same year they agreed to divorce. A little while later, Harris married the American writer War and Peace John Ehle. They settled in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where their daughter, Jennifer, was born in 1969. Jennifer Ehle followed in her mother's footsteps by becoming a noted film, television and Broadway actress. Ehle and Harris played the young and elderly incarnations, respectively, of the same character in István Szabó's film , about a Sunshine Hungarian Jewish family as well as playing the young and old Calypso in the adaptation of The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley.
Harris appeared in the rotating cast of the Off-Broadway staged reading of
. Wit & Wisdom In 2007, she received the [7 ] North Carolina Award for fine arts. Her husband, John Ehle, won the same award in 1972 for literature. [8 ]
In 2002, she appeared as
Aunt May Parker in the first film adaptation of , reprising the role in the sequels Spider-Man (2004) and Spider-Man 2 (2007). Spider-Man 3 Work [edit ] Stage [edit ] [16 December 2011 - 4 March 2012] - Miss Helen [Broadway-Revival] The Road to Mecca [9 ] The Royal Family [8 October – 13 December 2009] – Fanny Cavendish [Broadway-Revival] [15 January – 10 February 2008] – Oscar and the Lady in Pink George Street Playhouse Oscar and the Lady in Pink [September, 2007]– Solo performance Old Globe Theatre, San Diego] Wit & Wisdom [March 2003] – Arclight Theatre [Off-Broadway-Original] [16 December 1999 – 28 May 2000] – May Davenport [Broadway-Original Play] Waiting in the Wings [21 April 1996 – 29 September 1996] – Agnes [Broadway-Revival] A Delicate Balance [27 April 1994 – 28 May 1995] – Sybil Birling [Broadway-Revival] An Inspector Calls [21 February 1991 – 3 January 1993] – Grandma Kurnitz [Broadway-Original] Lost in Yonkers [12 December 1985 – 29 March 1986]– Judith Bliss [Broadway-Revival] Hay Fever [11 February 1985 – 25 May 1985] – Barbara Jackson[Broadway-Original] Pack of Lies [7 December 1983 – 5 February 1984] – Hesione Hushabye [Broadway- Revival] Heartbreak House The Royal Family [30 December 1975 – 18 July 1976] – Julie Cavendish [Broadway-Revival] [26 April 1973 – 29 July 1973] – Blanche Du Bois [Broadway-Revival] A Streetcar Named Desire [1 March 1973 – 7 April 1973] – Portia [Broadway-Revival] The Merchant of Venice [16 November 1971 – 26 February 1972] – Anna [Broadway-Original] Old Times War and Peace [21 March 1967 – 17 June 1967] – Natasha [Broadway-Original] [10 February 1967 – February 1967]– Alice Sycamore [Broadway-Revival] You Can't Take It With You [11 January 1967 – 17 June 1967] – Gina (alternate)[Broadway-Revival] The Wild Duck We, Comrades Three [20 December 1966 – December 1966] – Young Woman (Alternate) [Broadway-Original] Right You Are If You Think You Are [22 November 1966 – December 1966] – Signora Ponza (Alternate) [Broadway-Revival] [21 November 1966 – January 1967] – Lady Teazle, Epilogue [Broadway-Revival] The School for Scandal [3 March 1966 – 21 May 1966] – Eleanor [Broadway-Original] The Lion in Winter You Can't Take It With You [23 November 1965 – 18 June 1966] – Alice Sycamore[Broadway-Revival] ' Uncle Vanya (1963), Chichester Festival Theatre The Tumbler [24 February 1960 – 27 February 1960] – Lennie [Broadway-Original] The Disenchanted [3 December 1958 – 16 May 1959]– Jere Halliday [Broadway-Original] Interlock [6 February 1958 – 8 February 1958] – Hilde [Broadway- Original] [26 December 1956 – 12 January 1957]– Cressida [Broadway-Revival] Troilus and Cressida The Climate of Eden [13 November 1952 – 22 November 1952 – Mabel [Broadway-Original] Filmography [edit ] Awards and nominations [edit ] 1953: Theatre World Award - The Climate of Eden ( won) 1966: Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play - The Lion in Winter ( won) 1972: Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance - ( Old Times won) 1972: Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play - Old Times (nominated) 1973: Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance - / A Streetcar Named Desire ( The Merchant of Venice won) 1976: Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play - ( The Royal Family won) 1976: Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play - The Royal Family (nominated) 1976: Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series - Notorious Woman (Masterpiece Theatre, PBS) ( won) 1978: Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series - Holocaust (NBC) (nominated) 1978: Golden Globe Award for Best Television Actress in a Drama - Holocaust (1978, NBC) ( won) 1984: Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play - Heartbreak House (nominated) 1984: Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play - Heartbreak House (nominated) 1985: Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play - Pack of Lies ( won) 1985: Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play - Pack of Lies (nominated) 1986: Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play - Hayfever (nominated) 1994: National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress - Tom & Viv ( won) 1994: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress - Tom & Viv (nominated) 1996: Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play - A Delicate Balance (nominated) 1996: Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play - A Delicate Balance (nominated) 2000: Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play - Waiting in the Wings (nominated) 2001: Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Drama - Sunshine ( won) (shared with her daughter, Jennifer Ehle). 2002: Obie Award, performance, ( All Over won) 2010: Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play - The Royal Family (nominated) See also [edit ] References [edit ] External links [edit ]
Awards for Rosemary Harris