Rosalind Harris

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Rosalind Harris in 2014

Rosalind Harris is an American actress who played Tzeitel, the eldest daughter of Tevye (Chaim Topol) and his wife Golde (Norma Crane), in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof in 1971. She also starred as Tzeitel on Broadway, having replaced Bette Midler.

Nearly twenty years after the film, Harris played mother Golde in a touring stage revival of the same musical. Topol, the Israeli actor who played father Tevye in the film, reprised his role, now playing her husband.

Harris also had an extensive theatre career, having performed in leading roles in many musicals in Off Broadway, regional theater and stock. Her credits include: Elsie in Horatio (Arena Stage), Jenny Hill in Major Barbara (American Shakespeare Festival)/& understudy to Jane Alexander, Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, Mama Rose in Gypsy, Leona Samish in Do I Hear A Waltz (Equity Library Theatre), 10 productions of Funny Girl, as Fanny Brice, (her favorite production, at Chateau DeVille Dinner Theatre, was directed by Christopher Hewitt, along with original Broadway Musical Director, Milton Rosenstock), and, Off Broadway, as Dora in The Rise of David Levinsky (American Jewish Theatre), Harris made many television commercials as well, and her spot as a "female doctor" in a Mogan David Wine commercial won a Clio Award. In 1991, she was nominated for a Mac Award for her work in the cabaret show, Hollywood Opera, at Don’t Tell Mamas, in New York City, written by and also starring Barry Keating.

She appeared as Fanny Brice in the 1984 film The Cotton Club, with Richard Gere and Diane Lane, and with Woody Allen in Zelig. After co-starring in 1996 opposite Angela Lansbury, as Mrs. Lowenstein, in the Hallmark Hall of Fame, made-for-television movie, Mrs. Santa Claus, Harris took time off to create her own vintage and estate jewelry business, “Rosalind’s - As You Liked It”. She garnered excellent reviews in a comeback performance in 2012 as Sadie, in the new musical MisSpelled at the Cherry Lane Theatre, in 2014 performed at Town Hall in New York City, as part of the 50th Anniversary Gala of Fiddler on the Roof, with Sheldon Harnick, Chita Rivera and Chaim Topol. In summer of 2016, Harris sang at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, in NYC, along w/other cast members in another “Fiddler” tribute.

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