Rosemary Harris

Rosemary Harris

  • Highest Rated: 95% Hamlet (1996)
  • Lowest Rated: 19% Blow Dry (2001)
  • Birthday: Sep 19, 1927
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Known for her stage work and solid supporting performances in film and television, Rosemary Harris has earned particular praise for her ability to skillfully portray formidable characters, despite a petite frame and delicate features that would normally belie such a strong aura of authority. Harris grew up in India and did not plan on pursuing a career in acting -- in fact, her original career choice was nursing. She would, however, change course and begin acting studies at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. By 1951, Harris made her U.S. stage debut with great success in a Broadway production of Moss Hart's Climate of Eden, and returned to England to participate in the British premiere of The Seven Year Itch.Harris continued to act -- both on-stage, on the small screen, and in the film world -- throughout the '50s and '60s, starring opposite some of the industry's most prominent figures, including Richard Burton, Jason Robards, Rex Harrison, Laurence Olivier, and Peter O'Toole. After winning a British Tony award in 1966, Harris impressed critics and audiences with her portrayal of a Jewish doctor's wife in the multi-Emmy award-winning television production of Holocaust in 1978, and again in 1979, when she played the matriarch of an 1844 Virginian pioneer family in The Chisholms. Holocaust wasn't Harris' introduction to the Emmys -- one of the actress' most celebrated performances was for her role in the 1975 Masterpiece Theatre production of The Notorious Woman, a portrait of flamboyant novelist George Sand.Harris' 1954 film debut as the unrequited love interest of Stewart Granger in Beau Brummell was met exceedingly well; in fact, the actress was offered a variety of long-term roles from Hollywood, but she turned them down to pursue theater. Ten years later, however, Harris would return to the big screen for her supporting role in the thriller The Boys From Brazil (1978), and later co-starred in TV's The Ploughman's Lunch, a 1983 political drama. After performing at her typical standard in film and television, as well as traveling across continents for her theater career, Harris gave a volatile performance as renowned author T.S. Eliot's mother-in-law in Tom & Viv (1994) -- earning her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. This, however, was only after earning critical praise for a series of mid-'90s theater roles, including those of a diabetic's mother in the 1991 tearjerker Steel Magnolias, an imposing grandmother in Lost in Yonkers (1992), and a troubled wife in An Inspector Calls (1994). After Harris' Oscar recognition, Kenneth Branagh felt it only appropriate to cast her as the Player Queen opposite Charlton Heston's Player King in Hamlet (1996). In 2002, Harris portrayed Peter Parker's aunt in Spider-Man, and reprised the role in Spider-Man 2 (2004).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet The von Trapp Family: A Life of Music Older Agathe von Trapp 2015
36% Radio Free Albemuth Valis (Light Angel) $0.2M 2014
26% This Means War Nana Foster $54.8M 2012
No Score Yet Uncle Vanya Actor 2012
66% Is Anybody There? Elsie $2M 2009
88% Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Nanette $7M 2007
63% Spider-Man 3 Aunt May Parker $336.6M 2007
76% Being Julia Julia's Mother $7.7M 2004
No Score Yet Belonging May Copplestone 2004
93% Spider-Man 2 Aunt May $373.4M 2004
83% Broadway: The Golden Age Actor 2004
No Score Yet Spider-Man 2.1 (Extended Cut) Actor 2004
90% Spider-Man Aunt May $403.8M 2002
19% Blow Dry Daisy 2001
57% The Gift Annie's Grandmother $11.2M 2000
74% Sunshine Valerie Sors 2000
70% My Life So Far Gamma Macintosh 1999
95% Hamlet Player Queen 1996
81% Looking for Richard Herself 1996
No Score Yet The Little Riders Juliana Roden 1996
31% Tom & Viv Rose Haigh-Wood 1994
No Score Yet The Bridge Aunt Jude 1992
No Score Yet Camomile Lawn Actor 1992
No Score Yet The Delinquents Isobel 1990
No Score Yet Strange Interlude Mrs. Amos Evans 1990
88% Crossing Delancey Pauline Swift 1988
No Score Yet Sam, Bangs, & Moonshine Actor 1988
No Score Yet Heartbreak House Heslone 1986
No Score Yet The Ploughman's Lunch Ann Barrington 1984
No Score Yet To the Lighthouse Mrs. Ramsay 1983
No Score Yet The Chisholms Actor 1979
69% The Boys from Brazil Mrs. Doring 1978
No Score Yet The Royal Family Actor 1977
No Score Yet A Flea In Her Ear Gabrielle Chandebisse 1967
No Score Yet The Shiralee Lily Parker 1957
No Score Yet Beau Brummell Mrs. Fitzherbert 1954

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Dorothy Countess Helen Martoni Louise
  • 1957

QUOTES FROM Rosemary Harris CHARACTERS

Aunt May
Shame on you!
Aunt May
You'll never guess who he wants to be. Spider-Man!
Aunt May
We need a hero, couragous sacrificing people, setting examples for all of us. Everybody loves a hero, people line up for 'em, cheer for them, scream their names, and years later tell how they stood in the rain for hours just to get a glimpse of the one who told them to HOLD ON a second longer. I believe theres a hero in all of us, that keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble. And finally gets us to die with pride. Even though sometimes we have to be steady and give up the thing we want most, even our dreams
Aunt May
We need a hero, couragous sacrificing people, setting examples for all of us. Everybody loves a hero, people line up for 'em, cheer for them, scream their names, and years later tell how they stood in the rain for hours just to get a glimpse of the one who told them to HOLD ON a second longer. I believe theres a hero in all of us, that keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble. And finally gets us to die with pride. Even though sometimes we have to be steady and give up the thing we want most, even our dreams.
Aunt May
Sometimes we have to be steady, and give up the thing we want the most. Even our dreams.
Aunt May
You're not Superman you know
Aunt May
You're not Superman you know.
Nana Foster
There are no mistakes
Nana Foster
There are no mistakes.
Aunt May
"Revenge is like a poison....it can turn you into something ugly."
Aunt May
Revenge is like a poison... it can turn you into something ugly.
Aunt May
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us....
Aunt May
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us... [the Green Goblin bursts through the window]
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
Hahaha!
Aunt May
[screams] DELIVER US!
Aunt May
DELIVER US!
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
[laughing maniacally] Finish it. FINISH IT!
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
Finish it. FINISH IT!
Aunt May
FROM EVIL!
Aunt May
FROM EVIL!
May Parker
Uncle Ben wouldn't want us living with revenge in our hearts, it's like a poison. It can take you over and turn us into something ugly.