Julie Harris: 5 of Her Most Powerful Performances

Julie Harris took up acting because she was self-conscious about her looks as a young girl. “I looked so plain – bands on my teeth, bird legs, mouse face, hair that wouldn’t curl,” she once explained in an interview. That self-deprecating description didn’t really do justice to the red-haired actress’s delicate, almost fragile appearance. But what really resonated about Harris, who died on Aug. 24 at age 87 in Chatham, Mass., was her masterful power and amazing versatility as a …

‘Old Jews Telling Jokes’ – What’s Not to Like?

In celebration of the 500th performance of the Off-Broadway hit Old Jews Telling Jokes, we grabbed a few minutes with cocreator Daniel Okrent. Okrent, 65, is a journalist with a long career, including a stint as the New York Times’ first “public editor,” or ombudsman. He’s recently written a book about the history of Prohibition. And he’s also a self-described “old Jew” who loves telling funny stories. About five years ago, several friends emailed him about a website called “Old Jews …