Harriet Sansom Harris

Harriet Sansom Harris

Jan. 8th, 1955
Born in
Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Harriet Sansom Harris' Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Desperate Housewives TV Show
Desperate Housewives
Frasier TV Show
The Lost Room TV Show
The Lost Room
It's All Relative TV Show
It's All Relative
The Lot TV Show
The Lot
The Beast (2001) TV Show
The Beast (2001)

Main Movie Roles

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Born in Texas, Harriet Sansom Harris got involved in acting as a youngster. At seventeen, Harris was accepted at New York's famed Juilliard School. Upon graduation, Harris joined The Acting Company, a repertory group formed by the first alumni of John Houseman's Drama Division of The Juilliard School. She spent three years with the Company before she left to work primarily in regional theater. This led to a successful Broadway and Off-Broadway career. Her life changed after appearing as the sole female in the original cast of "Jeffrey", Paul Rudnick's smash Off-Broadway hit about love in the time of AIDS. "Jeffrey" led to guest shots on series television, including "Frasier" (1993), where she created the memorable role of "Bebe Glazer", Frasier's cutthroat, neurotic, chain-smoking agent. She also won raves from critics for her role of "Vivian Buchanan" on CBS's "The 5 Mrs. Buchanans" (1994). She now calls New York her home, but frequently travels to California for film and television appearances.

  • Won the 2006 Ovation Award as Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in "On the Town".
  • Sansom is her mother's maiden surname.
  • Received a 2002 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award as Featured Actress in a Musical for portrayal of Mrs. Meers in the Broadway adaptation of "Thoroughly Modern Millie."
  • Went to Juilliard at 18.
  • Made her debut with the New York Philaharmonic in April 2003 in the role of Beatrice in a concert staging of Berlioz's opera "Beatrice and Benedict." 'David Hyde Pierce' (qv) (Dr. Niles Crane on _"Frasier" (1993)_ (qv)) played Benedict opposite Harris.

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