This means that Julie Harris is really best remembered (by me, at least) for the 1963 classic The Haunting, a movie I have actually seen. Over Halloween weekend in 1999 my mother insisted I watch it and vaguely damned the Jan De Bont remake from that very same year. Somehow without even seeing it my mother's special intuition told her that the director of Twister and Speed 2: Cruise Control was a poor choice for a story driven by psychological suspense rather than viscera. She was right. And she was right about the original--I recall being disappointed that none of the trick-or-treaters in the neighborhood knew to buzz my unit (my downstairs neighbor did all the work so I watched The Haunting with
Barbara Julie Harris and not Susan Hayward who apparently lost the part to Harris... someone thought it was important to include that in the movie's Wikipedia entry--Hayward won an Oscar, the only category of EGOT that eluded Harris, so let's call that the curse of The Haunting and watch the trailer.
Harris was The Belle of Amherst, literally the only performer playing 15 characters in the play and winning a Tony and a Grammy (take that Emily Dickinson). You know what's spooky? Julie Harris performed the play in Seattle WHEN I WATCHED THE HAUNTING!!!
No, wait, that was the next year.
EXACTLY 1 YEAR AFTER I WATCHED THE HAUNTING!!!
This means the third and final thing I'll write about should be Knots Landing. Here she is with an impossibly young Alec Baldwin. Fun fact: I did not watch that show. Why did the knots need to land?
Oh, she also played the role that Liza played in the movie but didn't actually play on stage but don't tell anyone that Liza didn't play the part on stage because they are probably misinformed and don't need that clarified. You know, I Am a Camera.
They should remake that as I Am a Smartphone.
Rest in peace dude.