Sunday, May 26, 2024

RIP Cynthia Harris, Veteran Character Actress was 87, Played Paul Reiser’s Mom on “Mad About You”


Cynthia Harris’s family has posted an obit in the New York Times. The veteran character actress was 87 years old.

Harris was best known to TV audiences as Paul Reiser’s mom, Sylvia Buchman, on “Mad About You.” But she had a long resume and was a well known New York actress. She was also my neighbor in Greenwich Village for a long time and was a welcome presence everywhere she went.

Harris’s credits included five Broadway productions including Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” in 1970.

On television, Harris was nominated for a BAFTA award for playing Wallis Simpson in the prestigious “Edward & Mrs. Simpson” opposite Edward Fox. Her many other credits included “L.A. Law,” “Sirota’s Court,” and “All My Children,” among others. On the big screen, her movie appearances were solid roles with Barbra Streisand in “Up the Sandbox” and with Tom Conti in “Reuben, Reuben.”

According to her obit, Harris “devoted her life to the theater she was active in many philanthropic causes. Most recently she was an artistic director of the Actors Company Theater (TACT). Cynthia is survived by her loving partner Nathan Silverstein, her devoted assistant Terrence Mintern, her brother Dr. Matthew Harris (Frances), her sister-in-law Maryjane Harris (brother David predeceased her) and many nieces and nephews. Cynthia’s passing is a great loss for the dramatic arts and for all of us.”

Condolences to her family and friends. Our neighborhood will be a lot less interesting without Cynthia Harris.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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