Jed Harris
Jed Harris
Jed Harris was a renowned Austrian-American theater producer and director, and writer of film.
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Exonerating Kazan - Swans
Google News - over 5 years
Originally earmarked for Kazan, Miller broke with the man who had virtually established his career and the play was directed by Jed Harris. Some years later, there was a reconciliation of sorts and Kazan did direct After The Fall at New York's Lincoln
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Readers browse newspaper from days of old - StandardNet
Google News - over 5 years
Recently, my wife and I were going through some stuff and we came across some newspapers we had put away. It has been fun going through them to see how some things have changed, others have stayed the same. We noticed how much smaller the
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ENTREPRENEURIAL EDGE; Keeping the Water Pure Is Suddenly in Demand
NYTimes - over 8 years
WATER has always been an issue in California. But drought conditions, not to mention worries about continued supplies of clean water, are turning water into a growth industry in California and elsewhere. Big companies like General Electric, Siemens and Veolia Environnement of France have ambitious plans to bring water to developing countries and
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Arthur Miller, Moral Voice Of American Stage, Dies at 89
NYTimes - about 12 years
Arthur Miller, one of the great American playwrights, whose work exposed the flaws in the fabric of the American dream, died Thursday night at his home in Roxbury, Conn. He was 89. The cause was congestive heart failure, said Julia Bolus, his assistant. The author of ''Death of a Salesman,'' a landmark of 20th-century drama, Mr. Miller grappled
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BOOKS OF THE TIMES; Competing With Groucho and Bogey for Daddy's Attention
NYTimes - over 12 years
COAST TO COAST A Family Romance By Nora Johnson Illustrated. 274 pages. Simon & Schuster. $25. On the surface Nora Johnson's childhood was a charmed one, lived on America's two gold coasts: Hollywood and Manhattan. Her parents, Nunnally and Marion, did credible impersonations of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, and they seemed to have ''either the luck
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Attention Must Be Paid
NYTimes - over 13 years
ARTHUR MILLER His Life and Work. By Martin Gottfried. Illustrated. 484 pp. Cambridge, Mass: Da Capo Press. $30. THIS biography presents a drama in two acts. The first involves the famous playwright in early success, the love of the world's most desired woman and the defiance of tyranny. In the second act, the hero is assaulted and mocked by an
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Martha Scott, Original Emily in 'Our Town,' Dies at 88
NYTimes - over 13 years
Martha Scott, who created the role of the sweet, ethereal Emily in the original Broadway production of Thornton Wilder's ''Our Town'' and was nominated for an Oscar for repeating it in the film version, died on Wednesday in Los Angeles. She was 88. Miss Scott's trademark was warm sincerity in an era when glamour-girl artificiality reigned. She
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BOOKS IN BRIEF: NONFICTION
NYTimes - almost 15 years
I'LL KNOW IT WHEN I SEE IT A Daughter's Search for Home in Ireland. By Alice Carey. Clarkson Potter, $22. When Alice Carey and her husband shop for a home in Ireland, they tell their real estate agent that they're looking for an old house. ''Oh den, ye want a ruin,'' he replies. He sells them just that -- the crumbling remains of a 19th-century
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Ruth Goetz, 93, Who Co-Wrote 'The Heiress'
NYTimes - over 15 years
Ruth Goetz, a playwright who collaborated with her husband, Augustus Goetz, on ''The Heiress'' and other plays, died Friday at Englewood Hospital in New Jersey. She was 93 and had been living in the Actors' Fund Home in Englewood. ''The Heiress,'' an adaptation of the Henry James novel ''Washington Square,'' brought the Goetzes great success when
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Paid Notice: Deaths BERNSTEIN, SYLVIA HARRIS
NYTimes - about 17 years
BERNSTEIN-Sylvia Harris. On January 27, in Mexico, at 92. NYC advertising executive-one of the first women to hold such position. Widow of the writer Hillel Bernstein; mother of Mary Bernstein and grandmother of Jessica Bernstein-Wax, both of San Francisco; sister of the late Jed Harris, the late Mildred Harris, Florence Levine of Los Angeles, and
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A Rock of the Modern Age, Arthur Miller Is Everywhere
NYTimes - about 20 years
When Arthur Miller was in Alaska to receive an award this year, he and a local environmental official went fishing for salmon in Prince William Sound. As they passed an iceberg, Mr. Miller's companion leaned over the side of the boat, chopped off pieces of blue glacial ice and threw them into the bucket with the fish. ''That ice is probably
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John Craven, 79, Who Played George in Original 'Our Town'
NYTimes - about 21 years
John Craven, who created the role of George Gibbs in the original Broadway production of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town," died on Friday at his home in Salt Point, N.Y. He was 79. In 1938, Mr. Craven made his Broadway debut at the age of 21 in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, acting alongside his father, Frank Craven, who played the Stage Manager. In
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The Executive Computer; Preparing for the Battle in Mix-and-Match Software
NYTimes - almost 23 years
SO far in the 1990's the software business has seen a continuous battle for control of the most visible aspect of computing: the graphical user interface. In this war, Apple Computer's Macintosh and Microsoft's Windows have vied for the hearts and eyes of the computing public with their competing software systems: each is based on the concept of
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Eugenie Leontovich, 93, Actress, Playwright and Teacher, Is Dead
NYTimes - almost 24 years
Eugenie Leontovich, an actress, playwright, director and teacher who created memorable roles on Broadway in "Grand Hotel," "Twentieth Century" and "Anastasia," died yesterday at the Kateri Nursing Home in Manhattan. She was 93. The cause was cardiac arrest and pneumonia, said Dr. Joseph Klager, a doctor at the nursing home. Miss Leontovich was born
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Helen Hayes, Flower of the Stage, Dies at 92
NYTimes - almost 24 years
Helen Hayes, the tiny actress whose big-hearted portrayals of Queen Victoria and other regal women helped make her one of the century's best-loved stars, died yesterday at Nyack Hospital in Nyack, N.Y. She was 92 and lived in Nyack. The cause was heart failure, said John Springer, her longtime press agent and friend. Miss Hayes was admitted to the
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'A Wild Desire to Be Absolutely Fascinating'
NYTimes - over 25 years
ME Stories of My Life. By Katharine Hepburn. Illustrated. 420 pp. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. $25. In her first memoir, the 1987 "Making of 'The African Queen,' " Katharine Hepburn wrote that "the goddamnedest best piece of direction" she ever got came from John Huston, who told her to give that movie's character of Rosie, the prim missionary, the
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Charles A. Baker, 70, Theater Agent, Is Dead
NYTimes - almost 26 years
Charles Adams Baker, an agent for scores of luminaries of the New York stage and the chief of the William Morris Agency's theater department from 1950 to 1973, died on Friday in New York Hospital. He was 70 years old and lived in Manhattan. He died of liver cancer, a colleague said. He got his professional start working for the producer Jed Harris
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NABBED ON THE DATA HIGHWAY
NYTimes - about 27 years
LEAD: THE CUCKOO'S EGG Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage. By Clifford Stoll. 326 pp. New York: Doubleday. $19.95. THE CUCKOO'S EGG Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage. By Clifford Stoll. 326 pp. New York: Doubleday. $19.95. Clifford Stoll's first book, ''The Cuckoo's Egg,'' is both a gripping spy thriller and
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On Stage
NYTimes - almost 28 years
LEAD: Youngsters With Potential Youngsters With Potential Martin Charnin believes that Linda Wallem and Peter Tolan are going to be the Mike Nichols and Elaine May of the 1990's and, he said, the fact that he's directing their ''Laughing Matters'' has nothing to do with it. What they'll be in the 1990's remains to be seen. What they are in 1989 can
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'OUR TOWN'; Time Traveler
NYTimes - about 28 years
LEAD: To the Editor: To the Editor: I am moved to write after having seen ''Our Town'' at the Lyceum Theater. I realized that although my entire professional life has been in the theater, I had never seen a production of ''Our Town'' before. Yes, I had read it in school and studied it as a student, but somehow I just had never seen it on stage. I
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jed Harris
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1979
    Age 78
    Died in 1979.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1952
    Age 51
    However starting with the 1952 film The Light Touch, starring George Sanders, Harris wrote the story for a trio of films including Night People starring Gregory Peck and Buddy Ebsen, and Operation Mad Ball, starring Jack Lemmon, Dick York, and Mickey Rooney.
    More Details Hide Details Harris also appeared on The Dick Cavett Show on PBS.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1932
    Age 31
    He had a relationship with Henry Fonda's first wife Margaret Sullavan around 1932/4.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1929
    Age 28
    While many of his hit plays were translated for the silver screen, Jed Harris was hesitant to make the jump to working on films. His first foray into film was when a play he collaborated on, entitled Broadway, was adapted in 1929.
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  • 1925
    Age 24
    Jed Harris produced and directed 31 shows between 1925 and 1956.
    More Details Hide Details His productions garnered 7 awards, including a Tony award and Pulitzer Prize for playwright Thornton Wilder. Harris directed four actors in award-winning roles in Child of Fortune, The Crucible, The Traitor, The Heiress, and Our Town. Harris was inducted, posthumously, into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981. Harris was known for being particularly hard to work with, as depicted in many famous satires of his character. According to historian Louis Botto, the playwright and director "George S. Kaufman (who worked with Harris on both The Front Page and The Royal Family) hated him and once said when he died, he wanted to be cremated and have somebody throw his ashes in Jed Harris's face." Laurence Olivier called him "the most loathsome man I'd ever met". However loathed he may have been in the theatrical community, Jed Harris directed and produced such luminaries as Leo G. Carroll, Laurence Olivier, Lillian Gish, Basil Rathbone, Elaine Stritch, Ruth Gordon, Walter Huston, Osgood Perkins (father of Anthony Perkins), and Katharine Hepburn.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1900
    Born
    Jed Harris was born in Vienna, Austria, on February 25, 1900.
    More Details Hide Details By the time he was 28, Harris had produced a record four consecutive Broadway hits, over the course of eighteen months. Harris was married three times, first to Anita Green (December 11, 1925–1929), then to Louise Platt (1939–1941) — with whom he collaborated on The Traitor and Spring Dance, and finally to Beatrice Allen (April 1, 1957 – December 1957). His romances included one with the American fashion designer Pauline Fairfax Potter, and he had a son, Jones, with renowned actress and playwright Ruth Gordon born in 1929. He also had a daughter, Abigail, with Louise Platt in 1943.
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