Julie Harris 1925 – 2013

Instead of the usual Sunday Quote of the Week, I’ve chosen to mark the passing of one of the most honored and gifted performers of the Broadway stage, films and television, Julie Harris. She passed away yesterday at the age of 87, reportedly from congestive heart failure. She and Timothy appeared in only film together, East of Eden (1955), directed by Elia Kazan. This is a great behind-the-scenes glimpse of the making of that film that I first posted about a year ago. Miss Harris is prominently seen, with Tim showing up at about the 6:34 mark.

Miss Harris leaves behind a wonderful legacy that should be studied by anyone seriously interested in the craft of acting. We wish her peaceful rest.

Video of the Week: Behind the scenes of “East of Eden” (1955)

Our video for this week is another rare collection of behind-the-scenes footage shot during the making of East of Eden (1955) in Mendocino, California in the spring of 1954. It can be found in the bonus material of the DVD release of James Dean: Born Cool (2001). Timothy just might be lurking unseen (or barely seen) in the background of some of this footage, but a very good glimpse of him starts at about 6:34 in – in case you couldn’t tell, he’s that tall drink of water dressed all in black, talking with a couple of fellows and chewing gum vehemently.

Look how tall he is!! Also seen here are James Dean, Elia Kazan, Julie Harris, Jo Van Fleet and Bette Treadville. For more on this subject, please revisit this post and this post too.