Mrs. Harris


Character: Vivian Schulte

Directed by: Phyllis Nagy

Written by: Phyllis Nagy

Produced by: Chrisann Verges

Cast Members: Annette Bening, Ben Kingsley, Cloris Leachman

Released date: February 25, 2006

Genre: Drama

Based on the sensational 1980s media event, famed cardiologist Herman Tarnower meets a particularly brutal end at the hands of his jilted lover, Jean Harris.

Movie Quotes

I know a lot of women who’d like to do to their husbands what Jean did to Hy. Fortunately, not a lot of women carry around pistols in their purses.

In Mary’s words…

Great costumes. And I got to work with Annette for the first time, even though we’d known each other for years. Annette Bening and I met when we were both nominated for Oscars the year of Dances With Wolves. For her it was The Grifters. And the reason we got to know each other at all is that when Whoopi Goldberg won… Okay, I’m going to go back for a little bit:

At the nominees’ luncheon, where everyone’s a winner… [Laughs.] before most of us became losers! But all the Best Supporting Actress nominees got together: Diane Ladd, Whoopi Goldberg, Annette, me, and Lorraine Bracco, who’s now onRizzoli & Isles. She plays Rizzoli’s mom. Anyway, we’re all standing there, and Diane Ladd says, “I think whatever b—- wins this thing ought to bring the other b—-es out to lunch.” [For the record, we did not edit Ms. McDonnell. She actuallysaid, “B-blank-blank-blank-blank.” —Ed.] And we kind of shook on it. Of course, Whoopi won, and the day after the Oscars, we all got these huge bouquets with an invitation to lunch. So we all went to lunch, and that’s how I got to know Annette. And it’s been wonderful to know her a little bit, and then years and years later, we finally got to work together.

So my experience on Mrs. Harris was that, but it was also getting used to… [Long pause.] Um, I’m not going to be able to complete that one. It’s bad. [Laughs.] So… never mind! I got halfway down that road and went, “Nope! Not going there!” [from “Mary McDonnell on Battlestar Galactica and going mute in front of Robert Redford” by Will Harris]

Script developed by Never Enough Design