Ms. Harris' theatrical career lasted more than six decades. In addition to her Tony Awards, she also received three Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award and an Academy Award nomination. She was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1994, a Special Tony Award in 2002 and in 2005 she was a Kennedy Center Honoree.
(The Broadway League announced a new time, 7:45 PM, to dim the lights in Ms. Harris' honor. Previously, Broadway theatres dimmed their lights at 8 PM when most theatregoers were already in their seats. While the League did not confirm that dimming at 7:45 PM would be the new protocol, a representative stated that the new time "gives theatregoers the opportunity to experience the dimming of the lights before 8 PM shows.")
“Julie Harris was an actor’s actor, universally admired and respected. There was always an innate truth in the characters she portrayed,” said Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League, in a statement. “She was a Broadway virtuoso who touched many lives throughout nearly six decades of extraordinary performances. Julie Harris was the first performer to win five Tony Awards, and later received a special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. She was nominated ten times, the most ever for a performer. Seeing her on stage was always the kind of experience that takes your breath away in the most subtle and satisfying way. Generations of fans discovered her on Broadway and in various mediums, and our thoughts are with them, her friends, and her family.”
The first of Ms. Harris’ five Tony Awards came for creating the role of Sally Bowles in I am a Camera in 1952, which playwright John van Druten adapted from Christopher Isherwood’s novel "Goodbye to Berlin." Her second came in 1956 for her performance as St. Joan in Jean Anouilh's The Lark, a third in 1969 for Forty Carats, followed four years later for The Last of Mrs. Lincoln. She won her fifth Tony in 1977 for William Luce’s one-woman play, The Belle of Amherst. She received five additional nominations, for her work in Marathon ’33, Lucifer's Child, The Au Pair Man, a revival of The Gin Game and the musical Skyscraper.