Rosemary Harris Biography (1930?-)

Full name, Rosemary Ann Harris; born September 19, 1930 (some sources cite 1927), in Ashby, Suffolk, England; daughter of Stafford Berkley and Enid MaudeFrances (maiden name, Campion) Harris; married Ellis Rabb (an actor and director), December 4, 1959 (divorced, 1967); married John Ehle (a novelist), October 21, 1967; children: (second marriage) Jennifer Anne (an actress). Addresses: Agent: International Creative Management, Oxford House, 76 OxfordSt., London W1N 0AX, England.

Nationality
British
Gender
Female
Occupation
Actress
Birth Details
September 19, 1930?
Ashby, Suffolk, United Kingdom

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Stage debut) Winter Sunshine, Roof Garden Theatre, Bognar Regis,England, 1948
  • (New York debut) Mabel, The Climate of Eden, Martin Beck Theatre,1952
  • (London debut) The Girl, The Seven Year Itch, Aldwych Theatre, 1953
  • Beatrice, Much Ado about Nothing, Bristol Old Vic Company, Bristol, England, c. 1954-1955
  • Elizabeth Proctor, The Crucible, Bristol Old Vic Company, c. 1954-1955
  • Francoise Piquetot, Image in the Sun, Bristol Old Vic Company, c.1954-1955
  • Portia, The Merchant of Venice, Bristol Old Vic Company, c. 1954-1955
  • Isabel, The Enchanted, Bristol Old Vic Company, c. 1954-1955
  • Mrs. Golightly, The Golden Cuckoo, Bristol Old Vic Company, c. 1954-1955
  • Hermione, The Winter's Tale, Bristol Old Vic Company, c. 1954-1955
  • Calpurnia, Julius Caesar, Old Vic Theatre, London, 1955
  • Dorcas, The Winter's Tale, Old Vic Theatre, 1955
  • Desdemona, Othello, Old Vic Theatre, 1955
  • Cressida, Troilus and Cressida, Old Vic Theatre, then Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1956
  • Hilde, Interlock, American National Theatre and Academy Theatre, New York City, 1958
  • Jere Halliday, The Disenchanted, Coronet Theatre, New York City, 1958
  • Eliza Doolittle, Pygmalion, Group 20 Players, Wellesley, MA, c. 1958-1959
  • Beatrice, Much Ado about Nothing, Group 20 Players, c. 1958-1959
  • Ann Whitefield, Man and Superman, Group 20 Players, c. 1958-1959
  • Title role, Peter Pan, Group 20 Players, c. 1958-1959
  • Lennie, The Tumbler, Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 1960
  • Constantia, The Changes, Chichester Festival, Chichester, England,1962
  • Panthea, The Broken Heart, Chichester Festival, 1962
  • Regina, Ghosts, Association of Producing Artists Repertory Company, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, c. 1962-1963
  • Lady Teazle, School for Scandal, Association of Producing ArtistsRepertory Company, University of Michigan, c. 1962-1963
  • Virginia, The Tavern, Association of Producing Artists Repertory Company, University of Michigan, c. 1962-1963
  • The Girl, We Comrades Three, Association of Producing Artists Repertory Company, University of Michigan, c. 1962-1963
  • Duchess of Gloucester, Richard III, Association of Producing Artists Repertory Company, University of Michigan, c. 1962-1963
  • Portia, The Merchant of Venice, Association of Producing Artists Repertory Company, University of Michigan, c. 1962-1963
  • Ilyena, Uncle Vanya, Chichester Festival, 1963
  • Ophelia, Hamlet, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1963
  • Ileyna, Uncle Vanya, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1963
  • First Woman, Play, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, 1964
  • Title role, Judith, Association of Producing Artists Repertory Company, University of Michigan, then Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1964
  • Natasha, War and Peace, Association of Producing Artists RepertoryCompany, University of Michigan, 1964 then Phoenix Theatre, 1965
  • Violet, Man and Superman, Association of Producing Artists Repertory Company, University of Michigan, then Phoenix Theatre, 1964
  • Megara, Herakles, Association of Producing Artists Repertory Company, University of Michigan, then Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1965
  • Alice, You Can't Take It with You, Association of Producing Artists Repertory Company, University of Michigan, then Lyceum Theatre, 1965
  • Eleanor, The Lion in Winter, Ambassador Theatre, New York City, 1966
  • Gina, The Wild Duck, Association of Producing Artists Repertory Company, Lyceum Theatre, c. 1966-1967
  • Signora Ponza, Right You Are, Association of Producing Artists Repertory Company, Lyceum Theatre, c. 1966-1967
  • Natasha, War and Peace, Association of Producing Artists RepertoryCompany, Lyceum Theatre, c. 1966-1967
  • Lady Teazle, School for Scandal, Association of Producing ArtistsRepertory Company, Lyceum Theatre, c. 1966-1967
  • Alice, You Can't Take It with You, Association of Producing Artists Repertory Company, Lyceum Theatre, 1966-1967
  • Karen Nash, Muriel Tate, and Norma Hubley, Plaza Suite, Lyric Theatre, London, 1969
  • Irene, Idiot's Delight, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1970
  • Anna, Old Times, Billy Rose Theatre, New York City, 1971
  • Portia, The Merchant of Venice, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New YorkCity, 1973
  • Blanche DuBois, A Streetcar Named Desire, Vivian Beaumont Theatre,1973
  • Julie Cavendish, The Royal Family, Theatre at Brooklyn Academy ofMusic, then Helen Hayes Theatre, both New York City, 1975
  • Vida Phillimore, The New York Idea, Theatre at Brooklyn Academy ofMusic, 1977
  • Olga, The Three Sisters, Theatre at Brooklyn Academy of Music, 1977
  • Natalia, A Month in the Country, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, 1978
  • Home and Beauty, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 1979
  • Madame Arkadina, The Seagull, New York Shakespeare Festival, 1981
  • Kate, All My Sons, Wyndham's Theatre, London, 1981
  • Lady Utterword, Heartbreak House, Haymarket Theatre, London, 1982
  • Hesione Hushabye, Heartbreak House, Circle in the Square, New YorkCity, 1983-1984
  • Barbara Jackson, A Pack of Lies, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1985
  • Judith Bliss, Hay Fever, Music Box Theatre, New York City, then Eisenhower Theatre, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, DC, 1985-1986
  • The Best of Friends, London production, 1989
  • Mylnne, Steel Magnolias, Lyric Theatre, London, 1991
  • Fanny Church, Painting Churches, Southampton, England, 1992
  • Miss Martha, Arsenic and Old Lace, Chichester, 1992
  • An aunt, Preserving Mr. Panmure, Chichester, 1992
  • Grandma Kurnitz, Lost in Yonkers, Richard Rogers Theatre, New YorkCity, 1992 then The Strand Theatre, London, 1993
  • Gertrude Eastman Quevas, In the Summer House, Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, 1993
  • Sybil Birling, An Inspector Calls, Royal Theatre, New York City, 1994-1995
  • Hecuba, The Trojan Women, Royal National Theatre, London, 1995
  • Alice, A Delicate Balance, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1996
  • May Davenport, Waiting in the Wings, Colonial Theatre, Boston, MA,1999 then Walter Kerr Theatre, New York City, 1999-2000 later Eugene O'NeillTheatre, New York City, 2000
  • Also appeared in The Petition, Royal National Theatre.
  • Major Tours
  • Lucasta Angel, The Confidential Clerk, British cities, 1954
  • Lady Teazle in School for Scandal, Association of Producing Artists Repertory Company, U.S. cities, 1960-1962
  • Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew, Association of Producing Artists Repertory Company, U.S. cities, 1960-1962
  • Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest, Association of Producing Artists Repertory Company, U.S. cities, 1960-1962
  • Gabrielle in Anatole, Association of Producing Artists Repertory Company, U.S. cities, 1960-1962
  • Phoebe in As You Like It, Association of Producing Artists Repertory Company, U.S. cities, 1960-1962
  • Ann Whitefield in Man and Superman, Association of Producing Artists Repertory Company, U.S. cities, 1960-1962
  • Nina and Madame Arkadina in The Seagull, Association of ProducingArtists Repertory Company, U.S. cities, 1960-1962
  • Viola in Twelfth Night, Association of Producing Artists RepertoryCompany, U.S. cities, 1960-1962
  • Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Association of Producing Artists Repertory Company, U.S. cities, 1960-1962
  • Virginia in The Tavern, Association of Producing Artists RepertoryCompany, U.S. cities, 1960-1962
  • Film Appearances
  • (Film debut) Mrs. Fitzherbert, Beau Brummel, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer,1954
  • Lily Parker, The Shiralee, Ealing/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1957
  • Gabrielle Chandebisse, A Flea in Her Ear (also known as La pucea l'oreille), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1968
  • Mrs. Doring, The Boys from Brazil, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1979
  • Ann Barrington, The Ploughman's Lunch, Greenpoint/Samuel Goldwyn,1983
  • Pauline Swift, Crossing Delancey, Warner Bros., 1988
  • Isobel, The Delinquents, Village Roadshow Productions, 1989
  • Aunt Jude, The Bridge, Moonlight Films, 1992
  • Rose Haigh-Wood, Tom and Viv, Miramax, 1994
  • Herself, Looking for Richard, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1996
  • Player queen, Hamlet (also known as William Shakespeare's Hamlet), Columbia, 1996
  • Gamma, My Life So Far, Miramax, 1999
  • Older Valerie Sors, Sunshine (also known as A napfeny ize and Sunshine--Ein Hauch von Sonnenschein), Paramount, 1999
  • Annie's granny, The Gift, Paramount Classics, 2000
  • Daisy, Blow Dry (also known as Ueber kurz oder lang), Miramax, 2001
  • Television Appearances
  • Miniseries
  • George Sand, "Notorious Woman," Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1976
  • Berta Palitz Weiss, Holocaust, NBC, 1978
  • Minerva Chisholm, The Chisholms, CBS, 1979
  • Calypso, The Camomile Lawn, BBC, 1992
  • Specials
  • Desdemona, Othello, BBC and PBS, 1955
  • "The Prince and the Pauper," DuPont Show of the Month, CBS, 1957
  • Olivia (some sources cite Viola), "Twelfth Night," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1957
  • Lucie Manette, "A Tale of Two Cities," DuPont Show of the Month, CBS, 1958
  • Margot Wendice, "Dial `M' for Murder," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC,1958
  • Cathy, "Wuthering Heights," DuPont Show of the Month, CBS, 1958
  • "The Enchanted," Play of the Week, syndicated, 1960
  • "Antigone," Roots of Freedom: Where the Theatre Began, CBS, 1963
  • "Eh, Joe?," New York Television Theater, NET, 1966
  • Elvira Condomine, "Blithe Spirit," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1966
  • Ilyena, "Uncle Vanya," NET Playhouse, NET, 1967
  • "Dear Friends," CBS Playhouse, CBS, 1967
  • Julie Cavendish, The Royal Family, 1977
  • Voice of Isadora Duncan, Trailblazers of Modern Dance, 1977
  • Mrs. Ramsay, "To The Lighthouse," Great Performances, PBS, 1984
  • Hesione Hushabye, "Heartbreak House," Great Performances, PBS, 1986
  • The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1986
  • The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1988
  • Mrs. Amos Evans, "Strange Interlude," American Playhouse, PBS, 1988
  • Adela Shannon Cork, "The Old Reliable," Tales From the Hollywood Hills, PBS, 1988
  • Episodic
  • "The Great Lady," Studio One, CBS, 1952
  • "The World of Nancy Clark," The Doctor, NBC, 1953
  • "I Killed the Count," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, CBS, 1957
  • Dorothy, "The Glass Eye," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, CBS, 1957
  • "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime," Suspicion, NBC, 1958
  • "Moment of Truth," Omnibus, NBC, 1958
  • "The Mary S. McDowell Story," Profiles in Courage, NBC, 1964
  • A Summer's Day Dream, BBC, 1994
  • Other
  • Cradle of Willow (movie), BBC, 1951
  • Minerva Chisholm, The Chisholms (series), CBS, 1980
  • Juliana Roden, The Little Foxes, The Disney Channel, 1996
  • Also appeared in Death of a Salesman, A Dickens Chronicle,and Profiles in Courage.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals
    • Entertainment Weekly, March, 1995, p. 69
    • Parade, June 4, 2000, p. 20

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