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DiedAugust 24, 2013, West Chatham, Chatham, Massachusetts, United States
SpouseWalter Carroll, Manning Gurian, Jay Julian
MarkRed hair
FactWon a 2002 Special Tony Award (New York City) lifetime achievement award.
PaymentsEarned $20,000 per episode from Knots Landing (1979)

Julie Harris was born on December 2, 1925, in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Her parents were both successful lawyers. She has two older sisters. Harris was a very bright child and skipped several grades in school. She graduated from high school at the age of 16.

Harris’ first love was theater. She appeared in several school plays and community theater productions. After high school, she enrolled in the Yale School of Drama. Harris’ first professional role was in the Broadway production of “The Member of the Wedding” in 1950. She received rave reviews for her performance and won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.

Harris’ film career began in 1952 with the film “The Member of the Wedding.” She went on to appear in such films as “East of Eden,” “The Haunting,” and “Requiem for a Heavyweight.” Harris’ television career began in 1955 with the live anthology series “Studio One.” She went on to appear in such series as “Kraft Television Theatre,” “Playhouse 90,” “The Twilight Zone,” and “Murder, She Wrote.”

Harris has been married three times. Her first husband was actor John Beal, whom she divorced in 1957. Her second husband was producer and director William Friedkin, whom she divorced in 1965. Harris has one son, Peter Friedkin, from her second marriage. Harris’ third husband was actor and director Richard Boone, whom she married in 1969. Boone died in 1981.

Harris has won five Tony Awards, three Emmy Awards, and two Golden Globe Awards. She was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1979. Harris was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2002.

Julie Harris is considered one of the greatest actresses of her generation. She is known for her versatility and ability to disappear into a role. Harris is also known for her work on stage and television.

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Full NameJulie Harris
DiedAugust 24, 2013, West Chatham, Chatham, Massachusetts, United States
Height1.6 m
EducationYale University


SpouseWalter Carroll, Manning Gurian, Jay Julian
ChildrenPeter Gurian
ParentsWilliam Pickett Harris, Elsie L. Harris


AwardsTony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play, Kennedy Center Honors, Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement, Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Rol...
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actress, Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress, Drama Desk Award for...
MoviesEast of Eden, The Haunting, Reflections in a Golden Eye, Gorillas in the Mist, Requiem for a Heavyweight, Harper, Housesitter, The Hiding Place, The Dark Half, The Member of the Wedding, You're a Big Boy Now, How Awful About Allan, The Truth About Women, I Am a Camera, Not for Ourselves Alone: The S...
TV ShowsKnots Landing, The Civil War, DuPont Show of the Month, Backstairs at the White House, Hallmark Hall of Fame, Scarlett, Thicker than Water, The Family Holvak

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#Marks / Signs
1Deep sultry voice.
2Red hair
3Slim, delicate image


Knots Landing (1979)$20,000 per episode


1If I had a bosom I could rule the world.
2Some people asked me, 'Why do you have to cry so much in [stage play] 'The Last of Mrs. Lincoln?' My answer was that she was always crying. She couldn't speak of her children who died, without crying. And after the assassination, her whole life was gone. She clung to the pain. As actors, that's what we deal with. My mother used to say to me, 'But you're so dramatic.' Yes, I'd say, that's what I'm supposed to be. Life is dramatic, all the time, much more than on stage.
3I love biographies. I get very excited by the truth that comes out of what people have left behind, like letters. I first fell in love with Emily Dickinson when I read her letters. It's like listening to someone's heart.
4Acting is always an adventure, and a struggle, and a quest to find the truth...It's wanting to do it right, that's where the fear comes in, but who can say what's right? We're very delicate creatures, aren't we?
5Pictures make me look like a twelve-year-old boy who flunked his body-building course.
6[In 2006]: 'The Stage!' I knew it was where I wanted to be, I loved it all. It became this great source of nourishment, spiritual nourishment, for me. I want to touch people with the meaning of life. What is thrilling about the theater is that it's a forum where people come and for those two or three hours belong to something, to ideas, to a feeling of being a member of the human race.
7[In 1981]: I think life is translated. We're always in a state of change. Acting is more translated than a lot of things. Theater is about what we are. We need it to express ourselves.
8[on her Nanny character]: I cry all the time, and laugh, too.
9[on the death of Marlon Brando]: He didn't love acting, but his gift was so great he couldn't defile it.
10[In 1974 about her religion]: I was sent to Sunday School in the Episcopal Church and I was confirmed in the Episcopal Church, and never went back. If it tells the truth about life and the human heart, if it speaks of men's failings and also their grandeur and hope, then it is religious.
11[In 1976 when she remembered the Emily Dickinson poetry]: Seventeen years ago I did a recording of her poetry, and then I started to read.
12I always thought it would be wonderful to wake up in the morning and look like Brigitte Bardot.
13[About living in a hotel]: It's very pleasant, there is no housework. I remain unmarried, although I don't always live alone.
14[on the list of awards she has won over the years]: It's wonderful. I have worked on that stage a lot of times, on that wonderful stage in the Kennedy theater there.
15[on her professional friendship with Ruby Dee]: Ruby just lost her husband, well, it's a mystery of life. But Ruby is just so beautiful. She's just wonderful. We had a good time doing the movie.
16If Sally Bowles had ever been Liza Minnelli, she would have set Berlin on its ear.
17[About her friendship with James Dean in 1991]: I wasn't attracted to him, I loved Jimmy's spirit, but I didn't want to 'make' him. We were comrades.
18[About actresses successfully blending their career and their family]: It mixes very well if you have a balance about it. It was just at the time when I had a family, I wasn't balanced about it. I was rigid about how it should be and you can't be rigid about anything. I was brought up to think there was a proper place for everything. I thought then that you shouldn't nurse a baby in the theater. Well, now I think, why not? Everything is proper as long as it's congenial. Nowadays, the young women are much more relaxed about that. Look at Sissy Spacek and Meryl Streep.
19[on the late James Dean]: And he took me for a ride that I thought would be my last, up in the Hollywood hills and so fast that my heart was in my throat, but instead of saying to him, 'Slow down, Jimmy,' I didn't say anything. I was, like, 'Whe-e-e-e-e.' As long as I didn't say, 'Hey, don't go so fast,' I was a comrade. And after that we just always got on. He knew I was in his corner.


1She was awarded the 1980 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Distinguished Performance in a Play for "On Golden Pond" at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
2Had never retired from acting.
3She was known to be a very private person.
4Studied for a year at the New York Drama School before becoming one of the first members of Lee Strasberg's Actor's Studio.
5The daughter of investment broker William Pickett Harris.
6Her parents sent her to a finishing school in Providence, Rhode Island, before she persuaded them to let her transfer to a girl's prep school in Manhattan then known as Miss Hewitt's Classes, which offered drama. Harris also attended a summer acting camp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where she was mentored by Charlotte Perry, who encouraged her to attend the Yale School of Drama, which she did for a year.
7As a young girl, Harris says she saw Gone with the Wind (1939) 13 times and also read biographies of great actresses.
8In 1950, she made her mark on the stage at age 24 playing 12-year-old Frankie Addams in Carson McCullers's adaptation of her own novel 'The Member of the Wedding'. She then reprised the role in the 1952 screen version with the same title.
9'Acting is my life', she announced early on to her high school drama teacher, and later in her career, director and critic Harold Clurman seemed to confirm this when he described Harris as 'totally designed to be a good instrument on the stage'.
10Friends with: Angela Lansbury, Norman Lloyd, Shirley MacLaine, Jo Anne Worley, Barbara Bel Geddes, Larry Hagman, Michele Lee, Charles Nelson Reilly, Charles Durning, June Havoc, Patricia Neal, Christopher Plummer, Derek Jacobi, Arthur Miller, Adam Arkin, Lee Grant, Joyce Van Patten, Joel Grey, Liza Minnelli, Steven Hill, Shelley Winters, Philip Bosco, Jason Robards, Anne Jeffreys, Piper Laurie, Ruby Dee, Nanette Fabray, Barbara Barrie, Marlon Brando, Gena Rowlands , James Dean, Jack Lemmon, Ken Burns, Stephen Root, Irene Worth, Cherry Jones, Calista Flockhart, Eli Wallach, Tony Randall, Kevin Spacey, Robert Brustein, Robert Redford, Tyne Daly, Mary-Louise Parker, Alec Baldwin, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Mickey Rooney, Lauren Bacall, Rex Harrison, James Mason, Carson McCullers, Ethel Waters, Clint Eastwood, William Shatner, Sally Field, Celeste Holm, Dana Ivey, Hal Holbrook, Barbara Barrie, Cicely Tyson, Nora Ephron, Joan Van Ark, Zoe Caldwell, Roberta Maxwell, David Merrick, Rosemary Harris, Roddy McDowall and Leonard Nimoy.
11Her future Knots Landing (1979), co-star, Joan Van Ark, had interviewed as a student reporter, when she was fifteen years old. Harris later recommended Van Ark to attend the Yale School of Drama. Harris is the youngest student ever to attend the college on a scholarship.
12Won a 2002 Special Tony Award (New York City) lifetime achievement award.
13First directed by Tony Abatemarco in Lucifer's Child (1995) on Broadway, for which she received a Tony nomination.
14Son, Peter Alston Gurian (born 1955), with her second husband, Manning Gurian.
15Daughter of investment banker William Pickett Harris and nurse Elsie Stivers Smith.
16She was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1994 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
17Recipient of the 2005 Kennedy Center Honors. Other recipients were Robert Redford, Tina Turner, Tony Bennett, and Suzanne Farrell.
18Julie Harris is the most honored performer in Tony history with ten nominations and five victories. She won the award as Best Actress (Dramatic) for "I Am A Camera" (1952), "The Lark" (1956), "Forty Carats" (1969), and "The Last of Mrs. Lincoln" (1973); and as Best Actress (Play) for "The Belle of Amherst" (1977). Her five additional nominations were: for Best Actress (dramatic), "Marathon '33" (1964) and "The Au Pair Man" (1974); for Best Actress (musical), "Skyscraper" (1966); and for Best Actress (play), "Lucifer's Child" (1991), and "The Gin Game" (1997).
19Elia Kazan, in his autobiography "A Life," said that he was grateful to have Harris on the set of East of Eden (1955) because she had a calming influence on James Dean. Kazan praised Harris as both an actress and as a human being.
20In May 2002, she and producer Robert Whitehead were both named recipients of Special Tony awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater. It was Harris's sixth Tony award.
21Suffered a stroke. [May 2001]
22Fell backstage in Stamford, Connecticut, USA, requiring surgery to drain fluid from her head. [April 1999]




The Lightkeepers2009Mrs. Deacon
The Golden Boys2008Melodeon Player
The Way Back Home2006Jo McMillen
The First of May1999Carlotta
Love Is Strange1999TV MovieSylvia McClain
The Outer Limits1998TV SeriesHera
Passage to Paradise1998Martha McGraw
Ellen Foster1997TV MovieLeonora Nelson
Bad Manners1997Professor Harper
The Christmas Tree1996TV MovieSister Anthony
Little Surprises1996TV ShortEthel
Carried Away1996Joseph's Mother
Lucifer's Child1995TV MovieIsak Dinesen
Secrets1995TV MovieCaroline Phelan
One Christmas1994TV MovieSook
Scarlett1994TV Mini-SeriesEleanor Butler
When Love Kills: The Seduction of John Hearn1993TV MovieAlice Hearn
The Dark Half1993Reggie Delesseps
They've Taken Our Children: The Chowchilla Kidnapping1993TV MovieOdessa Ray
HouseSitter1992Edna Davis
The Civil War1990TV Mini-Series documentaryMary Chestnut
Single Women Married Men1989TV MovieLucille Frankyl
The Christmas Wife1988TV MovieIris
Too Good to Be True1988TV MovieMargaret Berent
Gorillas in the Mist1988Roz Carr
The Woman He Loved1988TV MovieAlice
Knots Landing1980-1987TV SeriesLilimae Clements Lilliemae Clements
The Love Boat1987TV SeriesIrene Culver
Nutcracker1986Clara's Voice (voice)
Family Ties1986TV SeriesMargaret
Annihilator1986TV MovieGirl
Gifts of Greatness1985Video
Brontë1983Charlotte Bronte
The Gift1979TV MovieAnne Devlin
Tales of the Unexpected1979TV SeriesMrs. Foster / Mrs. Bixby
The Bell Jar1979Mrs. Greenwood
Backstairs at the White House1979TV Mini-SeriesMrs. Helen 'Nellie' Taft
Stubby Pringle's Christmas1978TV MovieGeorgia Henderson
The Belle of Amherst1976TV MovieEmily Dickinson
Voyage of the Damned1976Alice Fienchild
The Last of Mrs. Lincoln1976TV MovieMary Todd Lincoln
The Family Holvak1975TV SeriesElizabeth Holvak
The Hiding Place1975Betsie ten Boom
The Greatest Gift1974TV MovieElizabeth Holvak
The Evil Touch1973TV SeriesJenny / Aunt Carrie
Hawkins1973TV SeriesJanet Hubbard
Columbo1973TV SeriesKaren Fielding
Medical Center1973TV SeriesHelen
Thicker Than Water1973TV SeriesNellie Paine
Home for the Holidays1972TV MovieElizabeth Hall Morgan
The Virginian1971TV SeriesJenny
How Awful About Allan1970TV MovieKatherine
The Name of the Game1969-1970TV SeriesRuth 'Doc' Harmon / Verna Ward
The People Next Door1970Gerrie Mason
House on Greenapple Road1970TV MovieLeona Miller
Journey to Midnight1968Leona Gillings (episode "The Indian Spirit Guide")
The Big Valley1968TV SeriesJennie Hall
Journey to the Unknown1968TV SeriesLeona Gillings
The Split1968Gladys
Bonanza1968TV SeriesSarah Carter
Daniel Boone1968TV SeriesFaith
Tarzan1967-1968TV SeriesCharity Jones
Run for Your Life1968TV SeriesLucrece Lawrence
Garrison's Gorillas1968TV SeriesTherese Donet
Reflections in a Golden Eye1967Alison Langdon
Anastasia1967/IITV MovieAnastasia
You're a Big Boy Now1966Miss Thing
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1966TV SeriesIsobel Cain / Vicky Cain
Harper1966Betty Fraley
Laredo1965TV SeriesAnnamay
Rawhide1965TV SeriesEmma Teall
The Holy Terror1965TV MovieFlorence Nightingale
Kraft Suspense Theatre1964TV SeriesLucy Bram
Little Moon of Alban1964TV MovieBrigid Mary
The Haunting1963Eleanor Lance
Pygmalion1963TV MovieEliza Doolittle
Requiem for a Heavyweight1962Grace Miller
Victoria Regina1961TV MovieQueen Victoria
The Power and the Glory1961TV MovieMaria (Priest's Mistress)
The DuPont Show of the Month1960-1961TV SeriesJulia / Mattie Silver
The Heiress1961TV MovieCatherine Sloper
Play of the Week1961TV Series
Sunday Showcase1960TV SeriesFrancesca
A Doll's House1959TV MovieNora Helmer
The Poacher's Daughter1958Sally Hamil
Johnny Belinda1958TV MovieBelinda
Little Moon of Alban1958TV MovieBrigid Mary
The Truth About Women1957Helen Cooper
The Lark1957TV MovieJoan of Arc
The Good Fairy1956TV MovieLu
The United States Steel Hour1955TV SeriesShevawn
I Am a Camera1955Sally Bowles
East of Eden1955Abra
Goodyear Playhouse1951-1953TV Series
The Member of the Wedding1952Frankie Addams
Starlight Theatre1951TV SeriesBernice
Actor's Studio1948-1949TV Series


Harper1966performer: "Livin' Alone"
The Member of the Wedding1952performer: "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" - uncredited


Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age2017Documentary post-productionHerself
Greenwich Village: The Times They Are a-Changin'2016ShortHerself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts2005TV SpecialHerself - Honoree
Knots Landing Reunion: Together Again2005TV Movie documentaryHerself / Lilimae Clements
East of Eden: Art in Search of Life2005Video documentary shortHerself / Abra
Character Studies2005TV SeriesHerself
Independent Lens2003TV Series documentaryHerself
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There2003DocumentaryHerself
Loaded Gun: Life and Death and Dickinson2002DocumentaryHerself
Working in the Theatre2002TV Series documentaryHerself
The 56th Annual Tony Awards2002TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Lifetime Achievement Award
Broadway Legends2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
Grow Old Along with Me1999TV Movie documentaryHerself - Host
Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony1999TV Series documentarySusan B. Anthony
Frank Lloyd Wright1998Documentary voice
Walter Matthau: Diamond in the Rough1997TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997TV SeriesHerself - Guest
James Dean: A Portrait1996TV Movie documentaryHerself
Ruth Orkin: Frames of Life1996Documentary shortNarrator
The West1996TV Series documentary
Baseball1994TV Mini-Series documentaryVarious
The 47th Annual Tony Awards1993TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Revival
The Knots Landing Block Party1993TV Special documentaryHerself / Lilimae Clements
Natives of the Narrowland1992Video documentary shortHerself
The 45th Annual Tony Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Leading Actress in a Play
Anthony Quinn: An Original1990TV Movie documentaryHerself
Madeleine L'Engle: Star Gazer1990Documentary shortNarrator
Isadora Duncan: Movement from the Soul1989DocumentaryIsadora Duncan (voice)
The Congress1988TV Movie documentary voice
Forever James Dean1988DocumentaryHerself
The Annual ACLU Honors: A Salute to Michael Douglas1987TV MovieHerself
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration1986TV Special documentaryHerself
The 39th Annual Tony Awards1985TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Play
Night of 100 Stars II1985TV MovieHerself
The 34th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1982TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and Presenter
Night of 100 Stars1982TV SpecialHerself
Brooklyn Bridge1981DocumentaryEmily Roebling (voice)
The 35th Annual Tony Awards1981TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Musical
Today1965-1981TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 32nd Annual Tony Awards1978TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Play
The Annual Theatre World Awards1976TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Match Game 731975TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Match Game PM1975TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The 28th Annual Tony Awards1974TV SpecialHerself
Broadway1973TV MovieHerself
The 27th Annual Tony Awards1973TV SpecialHerself - Winner
The Mike Douglas Show1972TV SeriesHerself - Actress
The David Frost Show1969TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Joan Rivers Show1969TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Dick Cavett Show1969TV SeriesHerself
The 23rd Annual Tony Awards1969TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Actress in a Play
The Joey Bishop Show1968TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Call My Bluff1968TV SeriesHerself
Girl Talk1966-1967TV SeriesHerself
The Bell Telephone Hour1966TV SeriesHerself - Hostess
The Ed Sullivan Show1950-1964TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Here's Hollywood1962TV SeriesHerself
The 14th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1962TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
The 10th Annual Tony Awards1956TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Performance by Leading Actress in a Play
Person to Person1955TV Series documentaryHerself

Archive Footage

The 86th Annual Academy Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Actress (In Memoriam)
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - In Memoriam
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards2013TV SpecialHerself - Actor (In Memoriam)
A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss2010TV Mini-Series documentaryEleanor 'Nell' Lance
James Dean: Forever Young2005DocumentaryHerself
Biography2002TV Series documentaryAbra in 'East of Eden'
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 11999TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Backstairs at the White House1979TV Mini-SeriesMrs. Helen 'Nellie' Taft
America at the Movies1976DocumentaryHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1973TV SeriesWoman with Columbo
Tarzan and the Perils of Charity Jones1971Charity Jones
Tarzan and the Four O'Clock Army1968Charity Jones
The Ed Sullivan Show1958TV SeriesHerself


Won Awards

2006Lifetime Achievement AwardMethod Fest
2000Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Voice-Over PerformanceNot for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony (1999)
1962Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleVictoria Regina (1961)
1959Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Single Performance by an ActressLittle Moon of Alban (1958)

Nominated Awards

1998Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieEllen Foster (1997)
1994Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActressThe Dark Half (1993)
1993Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe Dark Half (1993)
1990CableACECableACE AwardsActress in a Movie or MiniseriesThe Christmas Wife (1988)
1988Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a SpecialThe Woman He Loved (1988)
1988Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Supporting Role: Prime TimeKnots Landing (1979)
1986Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Supporting Role on a Prime Time SerialKnots Landing (1979)
1982Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesKnots Landing (1979)
1977Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama or Comedy SpecialThe Last of Mrs. Lincoln (1976)
1967Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a DramaAnastasia (1967)
1965Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment - Actors and PerformersThe Holy Terror (1965)
1960Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Performance by an Actress (Lead or Support)The DuPont Show of the Month (1957)
1956Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Actress - Single PerformanceThe United States Steel Hour (1953)
1956BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActressI Am a Camera (1955)
1953OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleThe Member of the Wedding (1952)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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