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Harris, Rosemary 1927(?)-

Harris, Rosemary 1927(?)-

PERSONAL

Full name, Rosemary Ann Harris; born September 19, 1927 (some sources cite 1930), in Ashby, Suffolk, England; raised in India; daughter of Stafford Berkley (a military officer) and Enid Maud Frances (maiden name, Campion) Harris; married Ellis Rabb (an actor and director), December 4, 1959 (divorced, 1967); married John Marsden Ehle (a writer), October 21, 1967; children: (second marriage) Jennifer Anne Ehle (an actress). Education: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, graduated, 1952; some sources cite training as a nurse.

Addresses:

Agent—Independent Talent Group, Oxford House, 76 Oxford St., London W1D 1BS, England. Manager—Johnnie Planco, Parseghian-Planco, 23 East 22nd St., Third Floor, New York, NY 10016.

Career:

Actress. Association of Producing Artists (repertory company; also known as Association of Producing Artists-Phoenix Repertory Company and Phoenix Repertory Company), New York City, member of company, 1960-67; Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, associate member; North Carolina School of the Arts, guest director. Some sources cite work as a nurse.

Member:

Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Awards, Honors:

Theatre World Award, 1953, for The Climate of Eden; Vernon Rice Award (also known as Vernon Rice Memorial Award), 1962; Obie Award, Village Voice, 1962 and 1965, both for work with the Association of Producing Artists Repertory Company; Whitbread Award, 1965-67; Antoinette Perry Award, best actress in a play, 1966, for The Lion in Winter; Drama League Distinguished Performer Award, 1967, for The Wild Duck; Evening Standard Award, best actress, 1969, for Plaza Suite; Drama Desk Award, outstanding performance, Outer Circle Critics Award, best actress, and Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best actress in a play, all 1972, for Old Times; Drama Desk awards, outstanding performance, 1973, for A Streetcar Named Desire and The Merchant of Venice; Drama Desk Award, outstanding actress in a play, and Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best actress in a play, both 1976, for The Royal Family; Emmy Award, outstanding lead actress in a limited series, and Golden Globe Award nomination, best television actress—drama, both 1976, for Notorious Woman; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding lead actress in a limited series, 1978, and Golden Globe Award, best television actress—drama, 1979, both for Holocaust; Locarno Film Festival Award, 1983, for "To the Lighthouse," Great Performances; Laurence Olivier Award nomination, best actress, Society of West End Theatre, 1983, Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best actress in a play, 1984, and Drama Desk Award nomination, outstanding actress in a play, 1984, all for Heartbreak House; Film Award nomination, best supporting actress, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1984, for The Ploughman's Lunch; Drama Desk Award, outstanding actress in a play, Outer Circle Critics Award, outstanding actress in a play, and Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best actress in a play, all 1985, for Pack of Lies; Annual CableACE Award nomination, outstanding actress in a theatrical or dramatic special, National Cable Television Association, 1985, for Heartbreak House; Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best actress in a play, 1986, for Hay Fever; Laurence Olivier Award nomination, best actress in a supporting role, 1993, for Lost in Yonkers; National Board of Review Award, best supporting actress, 1994, and Academy Award nomination, best actress in a supporting role, 1995, both for Tom and Viv; Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best actress in a play, and Drama Desk Award nomination, outstanding actress in a play, both 1996, for A Delicate Balance; Genie Award nomina- tion, best performance by an actress in a leading role, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, 1999, and Golden Satellite Award, best performance by an actress in a supporting role, drama, International Press Academy, 2001, both for Sunshine; Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best actress in a play, 2000, for Waiting in the Wings; Obie Award, performance, 2003, for All Over; Gotham Award (with others), Independent Feature Project, 2007, for Before the Devil Knows You're Dead; honorary doctorates, Smith College, 1969, Wake Forest University, 1978, and North Carolina School of the Arts, 1980.

CREDITS

Stage Appearances:

Winter Sunshine, Roof Garden Theatre, Bognor Regis, England, 1948.

Mabel, The Climate of Eden, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1952.

The girl, The Seven Year Itch, Aldwych Theatre, London, 1953.

Beatrice, Much Ado about Nothing, Bristol Old Vic Company, Bristol, England, c. 1954-55.

Elizabeth Proctor, The Crucible, Bristol Old Vic Company, c. 1954-55.

Francoise Piquetot, Image in the Sun, Bristol Old Vic Company, c. 1954-55.

Hermione, The Winter's Tale, Bristol Old Vic Company, c. 1954-55.

Isabel, The Enchanted, Bristol Old Vic Company, c. 1954-55.

Mrs. Golightly, The Golden Cuckoo, Bristol Old Vic Company, c. 1954-55.

Portia, The Merchant of Venice, Bristol Old Vic Company, c. 1954-55.

Calpurnia, Julius Caesar, Old Vic Theatre, London, 1955.

Desdemona, Othello, Old Vic Theatre, 1955.

Dorcas, The Winter's Tale, Old Vic Theatre, 1955.

Cressida, Troilus and Cressida, Old Vic Theatre, then Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1956-57.

Hilde, Interlock, American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA) Playhouse, New York City, 1958.

Jere Halliday, The Disenchanted, Coronet Theatre, New York City, 1958-59.

Ann Whitefield, Man and Superman, Group 20 Players, Wellesley, MA, c. 1958-59.

Beatrice, Much Ado about Nothing, Group 20 Players, c. 1958-59.

Eliza Doolittle, Pygmalion, Group 20 Players, c. 1958-59.

Title role, Peter Pan, Group 20 Players, c. 1958-59.

Lennie, The Tumbler, Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 1960.

Constantia, The Changes, Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, England, 1962.

Lady Teazle, The School for Scandal, Association of Producing Artists, Folksbiene Playhouse, New York City, 1962.

Nina, The Seagull, Association of Producing Artists, Folksbiene Playhouse, 1962.

Panthea, The Broken Heart, Chichester Festival Theatre, 1962.

Virginia, The Tavern, Association of Producing Artists, Folksbiene Playhouse, 1962.

Duchess of Gloucester, Richard III, Association of Producing Artists, c. 1962-63.

The girl, We Comrades Three, Association of Producing Artists, c. 1962-63.

Portia, The Merchant of Venice, Association of Producing Artists, c. 1962-63.

Regina, Ghosts, Association of Producing Artists, Folksbiene Playhouse, c. 1962-63.

Ileyna, Uncle Vanya, National Theatre Company, Chichester Festival Theatre and Old Vic Theatre, both 1963.

Ophelia, Hamlet, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1963.

First woman, Play, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1964.

Title role, Judith, Association of Producing Artists-Phoenix Repertory Company, Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1964.

Violet and Dona Ana, Man and Superman, Association of Producing Artists-Phoenix Repertory Company, Phoenix Theatre, 1964.

Megara, Herakles, Association of Producing Artists-Phoenix Repertory Company, Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1965.

Natasha, War and Peace, Association of Producing Artists-Phoenix Repertory Company, Phoenix Theatre, 1965.

Alice Sycamore, You Can't Take It with You, Association of Producing Artists-Phoenix Repertory Company, Lyceum Theatre, 1965-66 and 1967.

Eleanor of Aquitaine, The Lion in Winter, Ambassador Theatre, New York City, 1966.

Young woman, We, Comrades Three, Association of Producing Artists-Phoenix Repertory Company, Lyceum Theatre, 1966.

Gina, The Wild Duck, Association of Producing Artists-Phoenix Repertory Company, Lyceum Theatre, 1967.

Lady Teazle, The School for Scandal, Association of Producing Artists-Phoenix Repertory Company, Lyceum Theatre, 1967.

Natasha, War and Peace, Association of Producing Artists-Phoenix Repertory Company, Lyceum Theatre, 1967.

Signora Ponza, Right You Are If You Think You Are, Association of Producing Artists-Phoenix Repertory Company, Lyceum Theatre, 1967.

Karen Nash, Muriel Tate, and Norma Hubley, Plaza Suite, Lyric Theatre, London, 1969.

Irene, Idiot's Delight, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1970.

Anna, Old Times, Billy Rose Theatre, New York City, 1971-72.

Blanche DuBois, A Streetcar Named Desire, Lincoln Center, Vivian Beaumont Theater, New York City, 1973.

Portia, The Merchant of Venice, Lincoln Center, Vivian Beaumont Theater, 1973.

Julie Cavendish, The Royal Family, Association of Producing Artists-Phoenix Repertory Company, Brooklyn Academy of Music Theatre, Brooklyn, New York City, 1975, American Bicentennial Theatre Season, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 1975, and Helen Hayes Theatre, 1976.

Olga, The Three Sisters, Brooklyn Academy of Music Theatre, 1977.

Vida Phillimore, The New York Idea, Brooklyn Academy of Music Theatre, 1977.

Natalya Petrovna, A Month in the Country, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Main Stage, Williamstown, MA, 1978.

Home and Beauty, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 1979.

Kate, All My Sons, Wyndham's Theatre, London, 1981.

Madame Arkadina, The Seagull, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Estelle R. Newman Theater, New York City, 1981.

Lady Utterword, Heartbreak House, Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, 1982.

Hesione Hushabye, Heartbreak House, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1983-84.

Barbara Jackson, Pack of Lies, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1985.

Judith Bliss, Hay Fever, Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1985-86, and John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theater, Washington, DC, 1986.

The Petition, National Theatre, Lyttelton Theatre, London, Wyndham's Theatre, and John Golden Theatre, New York City, all 1986.

The Best of Friends, Apollo Theatre, London, 1989.

An aunt, Preserving Mr. Panmure, Chichester Festival Theatre, 1991.

Miss Martha, Arsenic and Old Lace, Chichester Festival Theatre, 1991.

M'Lynn, Steel Magnolias, Lyric Theatre, 1991.

Fanny Church, Painting Churches, Southampton, England, 1992.

Grandma Kurnitz, Lost in Yonkers, Richard Rogers Theatre, New York City, 1992, and Strand Theatre, London, 1993.

Gertrude Eastman Quevas, In the Summer House, Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London, 1993.

Sybil Birling, An Inspector Calls, Royale Theatre, 1994-95.

Hecuba, Women of Troy (also known as The Trojan Women), National Theatre, Olivier Theatre, London, 1995.

Agnes, A Delicate Balance, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1996.

May Davenport, Waiting in the Wings, Colonial Theatre, Boston, MA, 1999, Walter Kerr Theatre, New York City, 1999-2000, and Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 2000.

Wife, All Over, Roundabout Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, and Gramercy Theatre, New York City, both 2002.

Mrs. Higgins, My Fair Lady (concert version of musical), Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA, 2003.

Levana Julak, The Other Side (one-act), Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 2005.

Volunteer pink lady, Oscar and the Pink Lady (solo show), Old Globe, San Diego, 2007, George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, NJ, 2008.

Major Tours:

Lucasta Angel, The Confidential Clerk, British cities, 1954.

Ann Whitefield, Man and Superman, Association of Producing Artists, U.S. cities, 1960-62.

Bianca, The Taming of the Shrew, Association of Producing Artists, U.S. cities, 1960-62.

Cecily, The Importance of Being Earnest, Association of Producing Artists, U.S. cities, 1960-62.

Gabrielle, Anatole, Association of Producing Artists, U.S. cities, 1960-62.

Lady Teazle, The School for Scandal, Association of Producing Artists, U.S. cities, 1960-62.

Nina and Madame Arkadina, The Seagull, Association of Producing Artists, U.S. cities, 1960-62.

Phoebe, As You Like It, Association of Producing Artists, U.S. cities, 1960-62.

Titania, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Association of Producing Artists, U.S. cities, 1960-62.

Viola, Twelfth Night (also known as Twelfth Night, or What You Will), Association of Producing Artists, U.S. cities, 1960-62.

Virginia, The Tavern, Association of Producing Artists, U.S. cities, 1960-62.

Film Appearances:

Mrs. Fitzherbert, Beau Brummel, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1954.

Lily Parker, The Shiralee, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1957.

Ileyna, Uncle Vanya (filmed version of 1963 stage production), 1963, broadcast on television on NET Playhouse, NET (later known as PBS), 1967.

Gabrielle Chandebisse, A Flea in Her Ear (also known as La puce a l'oreille), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1968.

Mrs. Doring, The Boys from Brazil (also known as Boys from the Brussel), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1979.

Ann Barrington, The Ploughman's Lunch, Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1983.

Pauline Swift, Crossing Delancey (also known as Ahava mimabat shlishi, Amor a segunda vista, Cruzando la calle, Dall'altro lato della strada, Izzy et Sam,Kaerlek paa Manhattan, Romanssi Manhattanilla, Sarah und Sam, and Zmien kapelusz), Warner Bros., 1988.

Isobel, The Delinquents, Village Roadshow Productions, 1989.

Aunt Jude, The Bridge, Moonlight Films, 1992.

Rose Haigh-Wood, Tom & Viv, Miramax, 1994.

Player queen, Hamlet (also known as William Shakespeare's "Hamlet"), Columbia, 1996.

Herself, Looking for Richard, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1996.

Gamma MacIntosh, My Life So Far (also known as World of Moss), Miramax, 1999.

Older Valerie Sors, Sunshine (also known as The Taste of Sunshine, A napfeny ize and Sunshine—Ein Hauch von Sonnenschein), Paramount, 1999.

Annie's granny, The Gift (also known as Intuitions), Paramount Classics, 2000.

Daisy, Blow Dry (also known as Ueber kurz oder lang), Miramax, 2001.

May Parker, Spider-Man (also known as Spiderman, Spider-Man: The Motion Picture, El hombre arana, Homem-Aranha, Omul paianjen, Pokember, Spider-Man—Haemaehaekkimies, and Spindelmannen), Columbia, 2002.

Herself, Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (documentary; also known as Broadway, Broadway: The Golden Age, and Broadway: The Movie), Dada Films/Capri Films, 2003.

Julia's mother, Being Julia (also known as Csodalatos Julia), Sony Pictures Classics, 2004.

May Parker, Spider-Man 2 (also known as The Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man: No More, Spiderman 2, and Spider-Man 2 Lives), recut version known as Spider-Man 2.1, Columbia, 2004, IMAX version released as Spider-Man 2: The IMAX Experience.

(In archive footage) Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (documentary), 2004, Shadow Distribution, 2007.

May Parker, Spider-Man 3 (also known as 3), Columbia, 2007, IMAX version released as Spider-Man 3: The IMAX Experience.

Nanette, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, ThinkFilm, 2007.

Elsie, Is There Anybody There?, Big Beach Films/Heyday Films, 2008.

Television Appearances; Series:

Aurore Dupin/George Sand, Notorious Woman, BBC, 1974, also broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre (also known as ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre and Mobil Masterpiece Theatre), PBS, c. 1975.

Minerva Chisholm, The Chisholms, CBS, 1980.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Berta Palitz Weiss, Holocaust (also known as Holocaust: The Story of the Family Weiss), NBC, 1978.

Minerva Chisholm, The Chisholms, CBS, 1979.

Mrs. Amos Evans, Strange Interlude, Harlech Television, broadcast on American Playhouse, PBS, 1988.

Calypso, The Camomile Lawn, Channel 4 (England), 1992.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Cradle of Willow, BBC, 1951.

Juliana Roden, The Little Riders, Disney Channel, 1996.

May Copplestone, Belonging, Independent Television (England), 2004.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Desdemona, Othello, BBC and PBS, 1955.

Lady Edith, "The Prince and the Pauper," DuPont Show of the Month, CBS, 1957.

Viola (some sources cite Olivia), "Twelfth Night" (also known as "Twelfth Night, or What You Will"), Hallmark Hall of Fame (also known as Hallmark Television Playhouse), NBC, 1957.

Cathy, "Wuthering Heights," DuPont Show of the Month, CBS, 1958.

Lucie Manette, "A Tale of Two Cities," DuPont Show of the Month, CBS, 1958.

Margot Wendice, "Dial ‘M’ for Murder," Hallmark Hall of Fame (also known as Hallmark Television Playhouse), NBC, 1958.

Isabel, "The Enchanted," Play of the Week, syndicated, 1960.

"Antigone," Roots of Freedom: Where the Theatre Began, CBS, 1963.

A Dickens Chronicle, CBS, 1963.

Elvira Condomine, "Blithe Spirit," Hallmark Hall of Fame (also known as Hallmark Television Playhouse), NBC, 1966.

Woman's voice, "Eh, Joe?," New York Television Theatre, NET (later known as PBS), 1966.

Charlotte Marshall, "Dear Friends," CBS Playhouse, CBS, 1967.

Ileyna, "Uncle Vanya" (filmed version of 1963 stage production), NET Playhouse, NET (later known as PBS), 1967, also released as a feature film, 1963.

Julie Cavendish, "The Royal Family," Great Performances, PBS, 1977.

Voice of Isadora Duncan, "Trailblazers of Modern Dance," Great Performances: Dance in America, PBS, 1977.

Mrs. Ramsay, "To the Lighthouse," Great Performances, PBS, 1984.

Hesione Hushabye, Heartbreak House, Showtime, 1985, broadcast on Great Performances, PBS, 1986.

Adela Shannon Cork, "The Old Reliable," Tales From the Hollywood Hills (also known as Tales From the Hollywood Hills: The Old Reliable), PBS, 1988.

Margaret Dawlish, "A Summer Day's Dream" (also known as "A Summer's Day Dream"), Performance (also known as Performance: A Summer Day's Dream and Performance: A Summer's Day Dream), BBC, 1994.

Linda, Death of a Salesman, BBC, 1996.

Herself, Behind the Scenes: Spider-Man the Movie (also known as Behind the Ultimate Spin), Space Television, 2002.

(Uncredited; in archive footage) May Parker, In Search of Steve Ditko, BBC Four, 2007.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1986, 1988, 1996.

The 50th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1996.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"The Great Lady," Studio One (also known as Studio One in Hollywood, Studio One Summer Theatre, Summer Theatre, Westinghouse Studio One, and Westinghouse Summer Theatre), CBS, 1952.

"The World of Nancy Clark," The Doctor, NBC, 1953.

Countess Helen Martoni, "I Killed the Count: Parts 1-3," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, CBS, 1957.

Dorothy, "The Glass Eye," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, CBS, 1957.

Sybil Merton, "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime," Suspicion, NBC, 1958.

Cordelia, "Moment of Truth," Omnibus, NBC, 1958.

"The Man in Authority," Kraft Television Theatre (also known as Kraft Mystery Theatre and Kraft Theatre), NBC, 1958.

Title role, "Mary S. McDowell," Profiles in Courage, NBC, 1964.

Herself, "You're a Poet and Don't Know It! … The Poetry Power Hour," The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People, CBS, 1976.

Herself, "Behind the Ultimate Spin: The Making of ‘Spider-Man,’" HBO First Look, HBO, 2002.

Herself, "Rachel Roberts," The Silver Screen (also known as The Silver Screen: Rachel Roberts), BBC Wales, 2002.

RECORDINGS

Videos:

Herself, Making the Amazing (also known as Making the Amazing: The Making of "Spider-Man 2" and Making the Amazing: Spider-Man 2), Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2004.

Video Games:

Voice of miner woman, Dark Side of the Moon, 1998.

OTHER SOURCES

Periodicals:

Entertainment Weekly, March, 1995, p. 69.

Parade, June 4, 2000, p. 20.

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