Barbara Harris

Barbara Harris

Evanston, Illinois
July 25
Date of passing: 
August 21, 2018







Barbara Harris was an American actress.

Harris began her career when she co-founded the Second City comedy troupe in Chicago, later participating in the group’s first ever show.

Her television appearances include episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Naked City, and The Defenders.

In 1967, Harris received a best actress Tony award for her performances as Eve, Passionella, and Princess Barbara in The Apple Tree. She was also nominated for two other Tony awards, including a best featured actress nomination for her Broadway debut in From the Second City and another best actress nomination for her work as Daisy Gamble in 1965’s On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.

Harris enjoyed a long film career working with some of the industry’s top directors, including Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Ford Coppola, and Robert Altman. In 1972, she received a supporting actress Oscar nomination for her role as Allison Densmore in 1971’s Who is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (with Dustin Hoffman). Her first of four Golden Globe nominations came in 1966 for best actress in a comedy or musical as Sandra in A Thousand Clowns. She later received a supporting actress nomination for playing Albuquerque in Altman’s Nashville, while her final two nominations (for best actress) came in 1977 for Freaky Friday and Family Plot.

Harris died August 21, 2018, in Scottsdale, Arizona. She was 83.