Rosemary Harris

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Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris Spiderman 2007 Shankbone.jpg
Harris at the 2007 Spider-Man 3 premiere in Queens, New York
BornRosemary Ann Harris
(1927-09-19) 19 September 1927 (age 86)
Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, England England
OccupationActress
Years active1948–present
Spouse(s)Ellis Rabb (1959–1967)
John Ehle (1967–present)
ChildrenJennifer Ehle
 
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Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris Spiderman 2007 Shankbone.jpg
Harris at the 2007 Spider-Man 3 premiere in Queens, New York
BornRosemary Ann Harris
(1927-09-19) 19 September 1927 (age 86)
Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, England England
OccupationActress
Years active1948–present
Spouse(s)Ellis Rabb (1959–1967)
John Ehle (1967–present)
ChildrenJennifer Ehle

Rosemary Ann Harris (born 19 September 1927) is an English actress and a member of the American Theatre Hall of Fame.[1] She is a nine-time Tony Award nominee, winning Best Actress in a Play in 1966 for The Lion in Winter. She has also been nominated for an 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][3] One of her grandmothers, born into a family of boyars in Muntenia,[citation needed] was Romanian.[4][5] Her father was in the Royal Air Force and as a result, Harris' family lived in India during her childhood.[4] She attended convent schools, and later studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art from 1951 to 1952.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Her first film followed, Beau Brummel (1954) with 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 Troilus and Cressida. She met 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.[citation needed]

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.[6] In 1964, she was Ophelia to Peter O'Toole's Hamlet in the inaugural production of the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain.[citation needed]

Returning to New York, she worked further with the APA, and then was cast as Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter, a performance that garnered her a Tony Award in 1966. Rabb directed her one last time as Natasha in War and Peace in 1967, the same year they agreed to divorce.[citation needed] A little while later, Harris married the American writer 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 Sunshine, about a 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.[7] In 2007, she received the 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 Spider-Man, reprising the role in the sequels Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007).

Work[edit]

Stage[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rosemary Harris Film Reference bio. Filmreference.com. Retrieved on 27 August 2011.
  2. ^ anti-aircraft corps | august | smyth pigott | 1919 | 1083 | Flight Archive
  3. ^ Rosemary Harris biography at Yahoo! Movies. Movies.yahoo.com (19 September 1927). Retrieved on 27 August 2011.
  4. ^ a b Rosemary Harris and the Picture: Madonna of the Slaughtered Jews. Nmia.com. Retrieved on 27 August 2011.
  5. ^ Hollywood made in Romania (partea a II-a). eroiiromanieichic.ro (8 December). Retrieved on 13 January 2013.
  6. ^ See the VHS recording of this performance issued by Arthur Cantor Films, New York.
  7. ^ "Synopsis of Wit & Wisdom" at Theater Mania
  8. ^ North Carolina Award profile[dead link]
  9. ^ Harry Haun After six decades on stage, Rosemary Harris finds Mecca in a meaty new role Playbill January 17, 2012

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