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Barbara Harris

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Biography

Evanston, Illinois, USA
Barbara Harris began acting while still a teenager in Chicago, playing small parts in the Playwrights Theatre Club (whose other players included such youngsters as Edward Asner, Mike Nichols and Elaine May). She was also in "The Compass Players", the first ongoing improvisational theater troupe in America, directed by her then-husband Paul Sills (who founded the theater based on principles created by his mother, Viola Spolin, the author of "Improvisation for the Theatre"). A more polished version of the Compass, called "The Second City", was an enormous hit in Chicago and was moved to Broadway, where she was nominated for a Tony. Read more...

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Character: Theresa Alice Kozlenko

The War Between Men and Women 1972

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Character: Joanie Caucus

A Doonesbury Special 1977

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Character: Mary Blank

Grosse Pointe Blank 1997

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Character: Fanny Eubanks

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 1988

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Character: Evelyn Kelcher

Peggy Sue Got Married 1986

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Character: Helga Royd

Naked City 1958

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Character: Margit Wolsung

The Defenders 1961

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Character: Blanche Tyler

Family Plot 1976

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Character: Sophie Kannakos

Channing 1963

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Character: Muriel Tate

Plaza Suite 1971

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