Cynthia Julian Harris (born August 9, 1934) is an American film, television, and stage actress. She is best known for her roles in the television series Edward & Mrs. Simpson and the sitcom Mad About You, the former of which earned her a BAFTA Award nomination in 1999.
Cynthia Julian Harris
August 9, 1934
(m. 1961; div. 1972)
Life and career
Harris has appeared in many television series and TV movies, such as Archie Bunker's Place, All My Children, and in the classic drama, Edward and Mrs. Simpson as the Duchess of Windsor. For almost two decades, she played "Mrs. B." in television advertisements for the now-defunct department store chain Bradlees.
She made her Broadway debut in 1963. In 1971, she appeared on Broadway in the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical, Company. In 1978, she received a BAFTA nomination for her performance as "Wallis Simpson" in Edward & Mrs. Simpson (1978).
Harris is also one of the co-artistic directors for the Off-Broadway company The Actors Company Theatre. She has appeared in numerous plays with them, including Home, Bedroom Farce and Lost in Yonkers. In 2013, Harris appeared as Adriana in the Primary Stages production of The Tribute Artist.
- Rescue Me (2004-2007)
- The Geena Davis Show (2000)
- An American Daughter (2000)
- Now and Again (1999)
- All My Children (1994; Unknown episodes)
- Murder, She Wrote (1994; 1 episode)
- Mad About You (1993-1999, 2019) - recurring role
- The Distinguished Gentleman (1992)
- Mannequin Two: On the Move (1991)
- Murder, She Wrote (1990; 1 episode)
- The Ann Jillian Show (1989-1990)
- Kate & Allie (1989)
- Three Men and a Baby (1987)
- Everything's Relative (1987; 1 episode)
- L.A. Law (1986-1987) - recurring role
- Izzy and Moe (1987)
- Reuben, Reuben (1983)
- Quincy, M.E. (1982)
- Archie Bunker's Place (1981)
- Hart to Hart (1980)
- Husbands, Wives & Lovers (1979)
- Three's Company (1979)
- Edward and Mrs. Simpson (1978)
- Laverne & Shirley (1978)
- Sirota's Court (1976-1977)
- The Bob Newhart Show (1975)
- Up the Sandbox (1972)
- Isadora (1968)
- Haring, Bruce (3 October 2019). "'Mad About You': Cynthia Harris To Reprise Role, Cloris Leachman Also Joins Revival Limited Series For Spectrum Originals". Deadline.