Barbara Harris, Star of Freaky Friday and Nashville, Dies at 83

PEOPLE.com | 8/21/2018 | Staff
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Barbara Harris, the actress who starred in the 1976 film Freaky Friday, has died. She was 83.

Harris died on Tuesday from lung cancer in Scottsdale, Arizona, according to the Associated Press.

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Her close friend Charna Halpern, who co-founded the iO Theater in Chicago, confirmed the news on Facebook.

“My friend and an amazing famous actress Barbara Harris passed away early this morning, Halpern wrote. “My favorite memories of her were her sense of humor and how she made me laugh.”

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“If you haven’t seen her movies-watch Family Plot and A Thousand Clowns,” she added. “Those are two of my favorites. I’ll miss her. Hopefully her friends, Del and Severn will meet her and help her in her passing.”

Harris portrayed Ellen Andrews, the mother, in Freaky Friday, who switches bodies with her daughter Annabel (Jodie Foster). The film came out in 1976 and that same year she starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s last film, Family Plot.

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In 1975, Harris made waves in the film Nashville with her performance of “It Don’t Worry Me” as Winifred after the film’s violent climax.

Harris also starred in Peggy Sue Got Married opposite Nicolas Cage and Kathleen Turner.

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The actress was remembered by the Second City improv theater in Chicago, where she was one of the performers in the organization’s first cast.

It all began with Barbara Harris.

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“It all began with Barbara Harris. When lights came up for the very first time at The Second City on opening night in 1959, it was Barbara in the spotlight, a place she truly belonged,” the theater wrote in a tweet dedicated to Harris.

“More than anything, her wit and warmth are what paved the way for so many of us at Second City, and we are lucky and thankful to be associated with...
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