Harriet Sansom Harris

Harriet Sansom Harris (born January 8, 1955), often credited as Harriet Harris, is an American actress best known for her portrayals of Bebe Glazer on Frasier and Felicia Tilman on Desperate Housewives. She won a Tony Award in 2002 as a Featured Actress in a Musical for playing the evil white slaver Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Apart from her television and theatre work, she has made various film appearances, including Memento and Nurse Betty. Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Harriet (on her mother's side) is a descendant of Marion Sansom, a 20th century rancher and civic leader (Sansom Park is named after him). Harris started acting as a youngster, attending Arlington Heights High School. At age 17 she was accepted at the Juilliard School's Drama Division (1973-1977, Group 6) where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. After graduation from Juilliard, she joined John Houseman's touring repertory company The Acting Company, where she stayed for three years. During this time, she performed in productions of Shakespeare's King Lear and Romeo and Juliet, the classic Antigone, and alongside Frances Conroy in Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children.


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