Beatles Costume Designer Julie Harris Dies at 94
Julie Harris, the Oscar-winning costume designer whose screen credits included the Beatles and James Bond, has passed away at the age of 94.
Widely credited with helping capture the look of "swinging London" on the screen during the '60s, Harris worked with the Beatles on their A Hard Day's Night and Help! films, once famously quipping, "I must be one of the few people who can claim they have seen John, Paul, George and Ringo naked."
After winning an Academy Award for her work on 1965's Darling, Harris' later efforts included the James Bond spoof Casino Royale as well as Roger Moore's big-screen debut as 007, Live and Let Die, in 1973. Her final film credit, for The Great Muppet Caper, came in 1981.
Harris spoke with the New York Times in 1966 after winning her Oscar, marveling at her career while admitting that she once entertained dreams of owning a greater share of the spotlight. "When I first came to New York in 1948, I was so pleased to see my name in lights on Broadway," she recalled. "I had so much wanted to be an actress as a girl, but my father said no."
Her death, which occurred in a London hospital on May 30 after what Rolling Stone refers to as "a brief illness from a chest infection," is confirmed by her friend Jo Botting, senior curator at the British Film Institute National Archive. "In a career that embraced more than 80 films and television productions, as well as several stage plays, Julie worked with some of the greatest international stars in the history of cinema, and for some of its most legendary directors and producers," said Botting in a statement. "Her outstanding work was constantly nominated for awards. She was an amazing woman."
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