Share shares Harris had been in hospice care and remained restless and hilarious until the end, Halpern said. She played the mother who switched bodies with Jodie Foster in the original Freaky Friday in , the same year she starred in Alfred Hitchcock's final film, Family Plot She was one of the performers in the historic first cast of Chicago's Second City improvisational theater, which opened its doors in late Over a half-century it has become the proving ground for dozens of now-famous actors and comedians, from Alan Arkin and John Belushi to Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert. If you died, you really died, but it was a great way to learn. It featured Harris in a memorable bit about a struggling actress who meets up with the main character, a successful but angst-ridden songwriter played by Dustin Hoffman.
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Harris died early Tuesday of cancer in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she had lived for years. The Internet Movie Database gave her age as Second City credits her as a founder of modern improv and a co-founder of the troupe. Funny and sexy, she blended the kittenish quality of Tuesday Weld with a knowing daffiness reminiscent of Madeline Kahn or Judy Holliday. She danced with grace and had a bell-like singing voice that could veer into an Ethel Merman-style growl. Without seeming twitchy or trying too hard, she stole scenes with little bits of business — a head toss, a single tear or an offbeat musical note.