'Freaky Friday' and 'Nashville' star has died at 83

Rodolfo Vieira
Aug 22, 2018
10:34 A.M.
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Famous actress Barbara Harris recently passed away at the age of 83 after a long battle with lung cancer.

Harris, who was most famous for starring in Freaky Friday and Nashville, drew her last breath on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Harris' death was confirmed by her good friend, and co-founder of the iO Theather in Chicago, Charna Halpern, who took to Facebook to share the sad news.

“My friend and an amazing famous actress Barbara Harris passed away early this morning, My favorite memories of her were her sense of humor and how she made me laugh.”


Charna Halpern, Facebook, August 21, 2018


Halpern paid tribute to the late actress by encouraging others to watch some of her movies, such as Family Plot, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and A Thousand Clowns.

Harris also portrayed Ellen Andrews, the mother, in 1976's Freaky Friday, who, in the film, switches bodies with her daughter Annabel, played by Jodie Foster.


The year before, in 1975, Harris starred in Nashville, as well as in Peggy Sue  Got Married 11 years later, where she performed alongside Nicolas Cage and Kathleen Turner.

Her death was also remembered by the Second City improv theater in Chicago, an organization very dear to the late actress, who was part of their first cast.


Harris eventually retired from acting and dedicated her time to teaching. In 2002, she was asked by a reporter for the Phoenix New Times if she missed the show business and elegantly said 'no.'

The late 83-year-old revealed that if someone offered her a 'fantastic' part fo 10 million dollars, that she would accept it, but added that she only missed the people she used to work with.

That was Harris' passion: the group, the rehearsals and the process. The performance on stage or in front of the camera didn't matter. In fact, she resented having to perform for an audience.

She only loved the interaction with her group of friends, which included Ed Asner, Mike Nichols, Elaine May and Paul Sills, and her presence will surely be missed by those who loved her.