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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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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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Chadwick Boseman, ‘Black Panther’ Star and the Original Reggie On AMC, Dies At 43

In just heartbreaking news in an already dismal 2020, one of the brightest motion picture stars, Chadwick Boseman has died at the age of 43.

Boseman was battling colon cancer for the last four years of his life.  According to his rep, Boseman was diagnosed in 2016 with stage 3 colon cancer and his battle continued as it progressed to stage 4

Chadwick passed away with his wife and family by his side in his home.   In a shocking revelation, all of the movie performances in the last four years he has filmed were done in between chemotherapy and countless surgery.

Boseman is best known for his groundbreaking role as King T’Challa  in Black Panther.   His performance was the first ever Marvel Studio movie headlined by a black actor.  The film was nominated for an Academy Award.   He first appeared as the character in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.

Most recently, Chadwick appeared in the Spike Lee’s Vietnam War drama Da 5 Bloods, and this year he’s due to appear opposite Viola Davis Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” the film adaptation of the August Wilson play.  The actor starred in other films, including playing James Brown in Get On Up and Jackie Robinson in 42,  and the lead role in Marshall.

However, Boseman actually got his start on All My Children when he was the original actor cast in the role of Reggie Porter.  He appeared on the soap for only one week before the role was recast with none other than Michael B. Jordan, and their paths could eventually cross years later on multiple film projects.

In an interview in 2019, Boseman revealed what led him to be fired from All My Children stating:  “When I got it (the part), I was like, ‘This is not part of my manifesto. This is not part of what I want to do. How can I make it work?’ Because with a soap opera, you don’t know the full scope of what’s gonna happen — you don’t know where they’re gonna take the character, because they don’t always know where the character is going. And because of that, there’s possibly room for me to adjust this and change it and make it so it’s stereotypical on the page but not on the screen.”

For Boseman had issues with how Reggie was portrayed and how it was written with racial stereotypes.  In story, Reggie was a young gang member who was adopted by Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) and her husband, Jackson Montgomery (Walt Willey). “I remember going home and thinking, ‘Do I say something to them about this? Do I just do it?’ And I couldn’t just do it. “I had to voice my opinions and put my stamp on it. And the good thing about it was, it changed it a little bit for Michael B. Jordan.”  Apparently the producers told Boseman he was too much trouble but took some of his suggestions on the role moving forward.

Share your thoughts and condolences on the passing of Chadwick Boseman via the comment section below.

Watch below, when Chadwick speaks at the Howard University commencement in which he shared to the graduating students about losing his gig on All My Children(Thanks to Renee for this)

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