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Biography #2 (for Spider-Man 2)

Rosemary Harris, the veteran film and stage actress returns to her role as Aunt May in Spider-Man 2, after having portrayed Peter Parker's beloved aunt in the recording-breaking film phenomenon Spider-Man. Spider-Man grossed $114.8 million in its opening weekend, making it the largest domestic film opening of all time.Harris received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in 1994's Tom and Viv opposite Willem Dafoe, and more recently portrayed the widowed matriarch Valerie in the critically acclaimed Sunshine with Ralph Fiennes. In the film, Valerie's younger incarnation is played by Harris' own daughter, the Tony-winning actress Jennifer Ehle. Harris first worked with director Sam Raimi in the supernatural thriller The Gift. Harris made her feature film debut in 1954 opposite Elizabeth Taylor, Stewart Granger and Peter Ustinov in the classic Beau Brummell and has appeared in such films as The Boys From Brazil, Crossing Delancey, director Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet and My Life So Far.Harris is an eight-time Tony Award nominee for her theater work and won a Tony in 1966 for her performance as Queen Eleanor of Aquitane in A Lion in Winter opposite Robert Preston. Her seven other Tony nominations were for her stage roles in Old Times, The Royal Family, Heartbreak House, Pack of Lies, Noel Coward's Hay Fever, A Delicate Balance and Waiting in the Wings opposite Lauren Bacall. Harris was recently honored with an Obie Award for her performance in Edward Albee's All Over. She made her Broadway stage debut with Moss Hart's Climate of Eden and her extensive credits include performances in The Seven Year Itch in London and the Broadway production of Lost in Yonkers. Harris' classical work at the Old Vic and the Royal National Theater includes roles as Desdemona opposite Richard Burton's Othello, Ophelia to Peter O'Toole's Hamlet and Ilyena in Chekov's Uncle Vanya with Laurence Olivier and Michael Redgrave.Harris received a Golden Globe award for her work in television production of The Holocaust and an Emmy Award for Notorious Woman - The Life of George Sand. Her other television credits include The Chamomile Lawn and Death of a Salesman.

Bio courtesy Columbia Pictures for "Spider-Man 2" (26-Jun-2004)


Biography #3

Rosemary Harris received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in 1994's Tom and Viv opposite Willem Dafoe, and she was recently seen in the critically acclaimed Sunshine with Ralph Fiennes as the widowed matriarch Valerie. In the film, the younger incarnation of the character is played by Harris' own daughter, actress Jennifer Ehle. Harris was seen in the supernatural thriller The Gift for director Sam Raimi.

Harris made her feature film debut in 1954 opposite Elizabeth Taylor, Stewart Granger and Peter Ustinov in the classic Beau Brummell, and she has appeared in such films as The Boys From Brazil, Crossing Delancey, director Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet and My Life So Far.

Harris' television work includes The Holocaust, in which she received a Golden Globe, Notorious Woman—The Life of George Sand, for which she received an Emmy, and The Camomile Lawn. She made her stage debut with Moss Hart's Climate of Eden on Broadway. Her other theatre credits include The Seven Year Itch in London, and on Broadway, she starred inThe Lion in Winter winning the Tony Award, The Royal Family, Old Times, Lost in Yonkers, Pack of Lies, A Delicate Balance, and Noel Coward's Hay Fever and Waiting in the Wings opposite Lauren Bacall. Harris' classical work at the Old Vic and the Royal National Theatre includes roles as Cressida, Desdemona, Ophelia and Ilyena in Uncle Vanya, with Laurence Olivier and Michael Redgrave.

Bio courtesy Columbia Pictures (01-Jan-2000)