Julie Harris of 'Knots Landing' Fame Dies at 87


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Renowned actress Julie Harris has passed away of congestive heart failure it was reported today by friend and actress Francesca James ('All My Children'). Harris, a darling of media critics throughout her career, was 87 when she died in her West Chatham, Massachusetts home on Saturday.

Recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002, the actress also won five Tony Awards for various roles. This makes Harris the most honored woman ever in Tony history.

She was also nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role by the Academy for 1952's 'The Member of the Wedding.'

On television, Harris is probably best remembered for her role as Lilimae Clements, the mother of Josh (Alec Baldwin) and Valene (Joan Van Ark) on 'Knots Landing.' She took the role simply because she had nothing better to do at the time. Budget cuts reportedly caused her exit after seven seasons. She was nominated as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for an Emmy in 1982. Harris was nominated for several other Emmys in her career.

She won Emmys for her work in the 'Hallmark Hall of Fame' programs Victoria Regina in 1962 and Bridgit Mary in 1959.

She was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2005.

Stated James, "She was, really, the greatest influence in my life."

The versatile red-headed actress was born in Michigan and wed three times, divorcing each of her husbands. She had one child, Peter. She had two strokes, in 2001 and again in 2010.

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