The entertainment world is in mourning following the sad death of screen legend Barbara Harris. The star, who was known for her roles in films including Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Peggy Sue Got Married, The War Between Men and Women and Freaky Friday, lost her battle with lung cancer, the Chicago Sun Times reported.
The star, who was also known for her extensive Broadway career, passed away on Tuesday in Scottsdale, Arizona. According to her close friend Charna Halpern, Harris died at the age of 83 from lung cancer.
In the 1960s, Harris won the best actress Tony award for her chameleon performances as Eve, Passionella, and Princess Barbara in The Apple Tree. She was also nominated for two other Tony awards, including her Broadway debut in From the Second City and another for best actress in the 1965 hit, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.
She worked with some of the biggest directors on film as well, including Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Ford Coppola, and Robert Altman. The actress also scored an Oscar nomination in 1972 for her work on Who is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? She was also nominated for an array of Gold Globes.
Fans have flooded social media with their favourite memories of the star.
One person wrote: “I’m very sad to learn that Barbara Harris has died. She was a brilliant, unique, famously eccentric talent in improv, on stage, and in films–seek out her work in Nashville, Who is Harry Kellerman…, The Seduction of Joe Tynan and Family Plot.”
I'm very sad to learn that Barbara Harris has died. She was a brilliant, unique, famously eccentic talent in improv, on stage, and in films–seek out her work in Nashville, Who is Harry Kellerman…, The Seduction of Joe Tynan and Family Plot.
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) August 21, 2018
Another comment read: “Barbara Harris was completely fearless in her performances, perpetually fascinating to watch, and largely responsible for arguably the greatest ending in cinema history. #RIP.”
A third added: “Goodbye to Barbara Harris, a most magical talent.”
According to the report, Harris will be cremated and her remains will be taken to Wisconsin, where her parents and grandparents are buried. Her family announced a service will be held in the near future. She is survived by her niece, nephew and cousins.
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