Barbara Harris Dies: ‘Nashville’ Star, Tony Winner And Original Second City Player Was 83

Deadline | 8/21/2018 | Greg Evans
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Actress Barbara Harris, who capped Robert Altman’s masterpiece Nashville with a strangely haunting musical performance, won a Tony Award for 1967’s The Apple Tree and co-founded Chicago’s Second City comedy troupe, died today in Scottsdale, Arizona. She was 83.

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Cause - Death - Chicago - Sun - Times

The cause of death was reported by the Chicago Sun Times as lung cancer.

Harris was nominated for a supporting actress Oscar for 1971’s Who is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?, but might best be remembered by children of the era for her role in 1976’s original Freaky Friday, Disney’s body-switch comedy in which Harris and a young Jodie Foster did the switching.

Year - Harris - Alfred - Hitchcock - Family

That same year, Harris appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s dark Family Plot, an indication of her range. Later audiences would see her as the tender-hearted, understanding mother in Peggy Sue Got Married or appearing alongside John Cusack and Minnie Driver in 1997’s Grosse Pointe Blank.

With Elaine May, Harris was one of the leading female lights of the Chicago comedy scene, and was among the founders of the improv style that the group would make famous. According to the official Second City website, Harris was one of the original Compass Players, along with her then-husband Paul Sills, May, Mike Nichols and Ed Asner.

Second - City - Cast - Member - Harris

As an original Second City cast member, Harris was the first performer of the first show, singing “Everybody’s in the Know” on Dec. 16, 1959.

Harris transitioned to a major acting career, first on Broadway, where she earned a Tony nomination for...
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