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Tony Award Winning and Knots Landing Favorite Julie Harris Dies! AMC's Francesca James Shares Her Grief!

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Last night word broke that the five-time Tony Award winning legendary actress, who also appeared on Knots Landing, Julie Harris passed away at age 87.   Harris is one of the most revered performers of all-time.

All My Children’s Francesca James (Evelyn), a long-time friend of Julie Harris’ offered some information and comments to the press on her passing, relating, “Harris died at her West Chatham, Mass., home of congestive heart failure.”   Harris had suffered a stroke in 2001 while she was in Chicago appearing in a production of Claudia Allen’s Fossils.

” She suffered another stroke in 2010,”  James said.  As for Julie’s death yesterday, Francesca sadly added,  “I’m still in sort of a place of shock.  “She was, really, the greatest influence in my life.”

Soap opera fans knew of Julie Harris work from her role as Lilimae Clements, the mother of Valene Ewing played by Joan Van Ark on CBS’ Knots Landing.   Fans loved the trouble Lilimae would find herself in, due to the characters  free-spirit and trying to protect those she loved, often times making horrible decisions.

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But for Harris, her career on the Broadway stage no knows peer.  She was awarded the stage’s highest honor for her performances in I Am A Camera,  The Lark, Forty Carats,  The Last Of Mrs. Lincoln, and The Belle of Amherst.   She won a  sixth Tony for a lifetime achievement award in 2002.   Harris also won two Primetime Emmys during the course of her career. And, was awarded a Kennedy Center Honor in 2005!

Now after the jump, watch Lilimae Clements arrival on the cul de sac on Knots Landing in a scene with Michele Lee (Karen).   Then, let us know your thoughts on the passing of Julie Harris, and if you have some favorite moments with Julie as Lilimae!

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Melissa
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Melissa

I have to say that Knots Landing was one of my favorite shows.

Lisa M
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Lisa M

God I loved Knots Landing How about a remake.

Patrick
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Patrick

God, it was I who “loved” knots landing…

LOL. what a gem… a rare treat… what TV was about. Knot’s hit all the right buttons.

no other show… past or present… ever lived up to

jon
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jon

A crime they only released two seasons on DVD.

Patrick
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Patrick

definately a crime.

this is the one tv series… i’d buy.

Sal Piscioneri
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Sal Piscioneri

Great actress excellent cast and truly one of my favorite nighttime soaps. NL should have gotten more for being such an excellent show with the best cast.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Another legend passes…sad! A lot of actors coulve shouldve took acting lessons from her!

Mary
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Mary

I saw her in a touring production of the Belle of Amherst. She was so wonderful that my Mother and I cried at her performance. It remains one of the two highlights of my theater going life. The other one was seeing James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave in the Broadway production of Driving Miss Daisy.

Chris
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Chris

Julie Harris was also a movie star too, appearing the classic films “East Of Eden”, “Requiem for a Heavyweight”, and “The Haunting” back in the 50’s and 60’s!

Benjaman
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Benjaman

Will always remember her performance in “The Haunting”, she was so fragile playing Nell. Not to mention East of Eden as “Abra” her need to save Cal from himself was palpable. Would that she was recognized for her work on the silver screen. Rest in peace Julie, your work will live on for all to enjoy.

Melissa
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Melissa

I totally agree. I don’t understand why they’ve only released Seasons 1 and 2. I’m waiting for the other 12.

Patrick
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Patrick

Julie Harris’. yes, I mainly, know her from the Treasure she was on the superior Knot’s Landing. she is the most celebrated broadway “winner” 5 times Tony award winner…. acknowledged with a 6th lifetime achievement Tony award. and.. w/2 emmy wins…. and a grammy award win… no less. was oscar nominated. awards aside…. this lady… fully embodied her character’s, did she not? another superlative… “Incandescent”. She, like no other… did all the genres in the art world… and made it her own. had to bio how long she was on knot’s…. from 1980-1987. LOL… what a treat… what a treasure…… Read more »

Susan Boyd
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Susan Boyd

She may done a lot of other work professionally during her life, but she will always be Lillemae. May she rest in peace. My condolences to her family and fellow Knots Landing cast members.

mike
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mike

There has never been an Actress better than Julie Harris.

Shay
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Shay

Francesca James still looks fantastic!!!! Know she has been involved in behind-the-scene soap stuff for ages, but would love to see her in front of the camera again!!!!

mark
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mark

Geez what a class actress she was! Did great work in movies (Reflections in a Golden Eye was on TCM a few days ago, she was so good in an otherwise uneven movie), The Haunting, East of Eden….Knots of course she was great and all this magnificent stage work. I shall miss Julie Harris very much!

Libby
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Libby

Julie Harris was a grande dame of the stage. Although I will always remember her most in the classic film, Member of the Wedding.

She was a gifted actress and gave us so many wonderful performances.. It was amazing she took the role of Lillimae on Knots Landing. So many marvelous stories told on that classic primetime soap. One of my fav stories was with a young Alec Baldwin as her troubled son.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Julie Harris was amazing. This is a sad time, but fortunately some of those acclaimed performances are captured on screen. I will say I was surprusied when she joined KNOTS LANDING but why not? She had a great character to play and her presence was perfect among the other very storng actors in the company through the 14 seasons. Miss Harris is one reason that primetime series is one of the best ever. And what struck me about Miss Harris was how humble she demiure she was in the press. How fortunate Francesca James is to be her dear friend,… Read more »

jon
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jon

I will never forget her in the Chip and Joshua Rush storylines. She was excellent!

Charday
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Charday

Sorry to hear about this. What a great actress!

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Kim Delaney on All My Children Primetime Reboot: “All They Have To Do Is Ask, and I’m There”

While Kim Delaney is currently appearing on General Hospital in the role of Jackie Templeton, and she just appeared in her new Lifetime movie, The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt of Justice, the actress revealed she would be up for appearing in the upcoming primetime revival in development of All My Children.

Delaney became soap-famous in the role of AMC’s Jenny Gardner from 1981-1984 before she was killed-off the show in the now iconic jet ski explosion.

Now even though Jenny died, Kim would be up for figuring out how the character could be resurrected or how she could take part in the primetime reboot of the ABC soap opera called, Pine Valley.

In an interview with Soaps.com, Kim shared on being part of the reboot: “All they have to do is ask, and I’m there.  Sure, Jenny died, but someone asked me the other day if we ever saw her body. So maybe she’s out there, somewhere… ”

Former All My Children stars and real-life duo, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are executive producers of Pine Valley along with Andrew Stearn.

So, would you like to see an alive and well Jenny Gardner, or some other role for Delaney, in the All My Children reboot? Comment below.

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TONIGHT: Kim Delaney Stars in Lifetime’s ‘The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt for Justice’

Make sure to catch General Hospital and former All My Children and NYPD Blue star, Kim Delaney (Jackie, GH, Ex-Jenny, AMC) tonight on Saturday, February 20th when her highly-anticipated Lifetime movie debuts beginning at 8pm EST/7pm CST which marks the cable network’s 400th original movie.

In The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt for Justice, it tells the story of Mari Gilbert’s search for the truth behind what happened to her daughter Shannan, a sometime escort who disappeared after a ‘date’ on Long Island.

After Shannan (Katharine Isabelle, Hannibal) fails to come home, her mother Mari (Delaney) knows something is terribly wrong. Pleading to police to take her concerns seriously, she keeps pushing the police for answers. Mari’s insistence that her daughter not be overlooked eventually leads to a horror hidden on Long Island for more than a decade – 19 bodies of young women discovered buried in shallow graves along Ocean Parkway in the area of Jones Beach State Park. Though the search for the killer is still ongoing, Mari’s passionate dedication to giving her daughter and other forgotten women a voice, and the attention they deserve, has kept the case alive with hopes of a breakthrough soon. The movie not only follows a mother’s tireless search for the truth, but it also digs deep into the murders, including Shannan’s, that have gone unsolved for so long.

Delaney’s film, executive produced by Deborah Norville, is based off real life-events that transpired in the early 2010’s where the crimes were never solved.

In an interview with 98.1 WOGL Radio’s Glenn Kalina, Delaney shared: “There is hope in the film… but you also want an answer… what happened to all of these girls?  My character just was relentless trying to find her (daughter) or find answers where she was.  They found a bunch of other bodies, and what they learned was that they were all escorts… and then they learned there was a possible serial killer.”

Check out a promo for the movie below.

Will you be watching Kim in her starring role in The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt for Justice? Let us know in the comment section.

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‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’ Raises $130,565 For Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS In Four Day Streaming Event

Last week, ABC Daytime fans were thrilled to see some of the archival footage and performances from the ABC Daytime: Salutes Broadway Cares benefit concerts by those who were once in the mighty soap programming block that included: All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital. 

While only GH remains, viewers still loved seeing many of their favorites perform in the streaming event, ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway, from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, which featured footage from those events that ran from 2005-2011 in front of a live audience in New York City.

The 2021 online event, which kicked-off on February 11th and streamed for four days, featured new content with daytime favorites including: Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Anthony Geary, Kelly Ripa and more, plus performances from the past benefits, and an original dance performance from Finola Hughes (Anna Devane) on the set of GH.

John Dietrich, who directed each of the ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares concerts, wrote and directed the stream. It was presented in partnership with ABC Owned Television Stations’ websites around the country with support from Good Morning America and The View.

According to Broadway World, in total, the ABC Daytime Back on Broadway event raised $130,565. The streaming total includes a matching donation of $50,000 made by Broadway Cares supporters The Dream Alliance.  Now, when combined with the seven-year run of the annual concerts, the ABC Daytime stars have raised $2,020,565 for Broadway Cares.

As part of the event week, Michael Fairman chatted with former One Life to Live star, Catherine Hickland (Ex-Lindsay Rappaport) about her performances over the years at the event, her role of Lindsay and her on-screen feud with Nora (Hillary B. Smith), and more.  You can watch it below.

What did you think of the ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway streaming event? Did you enjoy seeing the performances? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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