Barbara Harris

Actor, Theater director
This charming stage-trained comedy specialist had an intermittent but once beguiling screen career dating back to the mid-1960s. Long a critic's darling, Harris convinces as scatterbrained characters with endearing ... Read more »
Born: 07/25/1935 in Evanston, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (22)

Grosse Pointe Blank 1997 (Movie)

Mary Blank (Actor)

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 1988 (Movie)

Fanny Eubanks (Actor)

Nice Girls Don't Explode 1987 (Movie)

Mom (Actor)

Peggy Sue Got Married 1986 (Movie)

Evelyn Kelcher (Actor)

Second-Hand Hearts 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

The North Avenue Irregulars 1979 (Movie)

Vickie (Actor)

The Seduction of Joe Tynan 1979 (Movie)

Ellie (Actor)

Movie Movie 1977 (Movie)

Trixie Lane (Actor)

Family Plot 1976 (Movie)

Blanche (Actor)

Freaky Friday 1976 (Movie)

Mrs Andrews (Actor)

Nashville 1975 (Movie)

Albuquerque (Actor)

The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery 1974 (Movie)

Miss Fredericks (Actor)

Mixed Company 1973 (Movie)

Kathy (Actor)

Johnny Mann's Stand Up and Cheer 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Plaza Suite 1971 (Movie)

Muriel Tate (Actor)

The War Between Men and Women 1971 (Movie)

Terry Kozlenko (Actor)

A Thousand Clowns 1964 (Movie)

Sandra (Actor)

A Ghost of a Chance (Movie)

Gladys (Actor)

The Liberators (TV Show)

Actor

The Return of Ben Casey (TV Show)

Actor
Sound (16)

Demolition 2016 (Movie)

(ADR Voice Casting)

Mother's Day 2016 (Movie)

(ADR Voice Casting)

Southside With You 2016 (Movie)

(Wildfire Sonic Magic) (ADR Voice Casting)

Term Life 2016 (Movie)

Voice Casting (ADR Voice Casting)

The BFG 2016 (Movie)

(ADR Voice Casting)

Captive 2015 (Movie)

Voice Casting (ADR Voice Casting)

Tracers 2015 (Movie)

Voice Casting(Warner Bros. Sound) (ADR Voice Casting)

Beyond the Lights 2014 (Movie)

Voice Casting(Wildfire) (ADR Voice Casting)

Fort McCoy 2014 (Movie)

(ADR Voice Casting)

Jessabelle 2014 (Movie)

Voice Casting (ADR Voice Casting)

That Awkward Moment 2014 (Movie)

(Wildfire Studios) (ADR Voice Casting)

The Hundred-Foot Journey 2014 (Movie)

ADR Voice Casting(Soundtrack NY) (Sound)

Killing Season 2013 (Movie)

(Goldcrest) (ADR Voice Casting)

Lovelace 2013 (Movie)

(Wildfire Studios) (ADR Voice Casting)

Prisoners 2013 (Movie)

(ADR Voice Casting)

Faster 2010 (Movie)

Loop Group (Sound)
Casting (2)

Criminal 2016 (Movie)

ADR Voice Casting (Casting)

The Boss 2016 (Movie)

(Voice Casting)

Biography

This charming stage-trained comedy specialist had an intermittent but once beguiling screen career dating back to the mid-1960s. Long a critic's darling, Harris convinces as scatterbrained characters with endearing child-like qualities. This aptitude made her, for a time, something of a thinking man's Goldie Hawn. Harris made her film debut as social worker Sandra Markowitz (her real name) in the feature version of Herb Gardner's play "A Thousand Clowns" (1966). Her performances often garnered far better notices than the films that framed them. Harris' reprisal of her off-Broadway role as what VARIETY called a "nymphet chippie" in "Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad" (1967) was deemed the film's only saving grace in some circles. As a late arriving love interest of discontented rock star Dustin Hoffman in "Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?" (1971), Harris fared better than the star and received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her efforts. British culture mag TIME OUT deemed the "delightful" Harris "wasted" as the married old flame of lecherous film producer Walter Matthau in a segment of Neil Simon's "Plaza Suite" (1971), but she fared well opposite a cranky Jack Lemmon in the James Thurber-inspired "The War Between Men and Women" (1972).

Relationships

Oscar Markowitz

Father

Natalie Markowitz

Mother

Paul Sills Actor

Husband
Married June 21, 1955 Divorced 1958

EDUCATION

University of Chicago

Chicago , Illinois

Wright Junior College

Chicago , Illinois

Goodman School of Drama

Chicago , Illinois

Milestones

1987

TV-movie debut, "The Liberators"

1974

First film in starring role, "Mixed Company"

1967

Reprised the role of Rosalie for the film version of "Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad"

1965

Feature acting debut, "A Thousand Clowns", playing social worker Sandra Markowitz (Harris's real name)

1962

First NY production, "Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad"; Harris won Theatre World Award

1960

Founding member of Chicago's Second City Players

Joined The Compass, an acting troupe

TV series debut, "Channing"; played student Sophie Kannakos

Performed in NYC with Second City in "From the Second City"

Moved to NYC

Bonus Trivia

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Harris was the recipient of the New York Drama Critics Award for most promising new actress in Variety polls in 1961 and 1962.

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Harris has amassed a number of major award nominations including a 1962 Tony for Best Featured Or Supporting Actress in a Musical Play, a 1966 Tony for Outstanding Musical Actress and a 1971 Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for "Who Is Harry Kellerman, And Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?".

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From a review of Jerry Schatzberg's "The Seduction of Joe Tynan" in Variety, August 15, 1979: " ... As Alda's intelligent and frustrated wife, Barbara Harris gives the performance of her career, one that certainly merits Academy Award consideration. With a few brief gestures and meaningful glances, Harris communicates a world of emotion, looking from inside the fishbowl, and hating what she sees. It's a breathtaking job of acting, fully in keeping with the pic's pace and rhythm."

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