Based on a true story Mrs. Harris tells the tragic, quirky and unlikely tale of Jean Harris, who hit the headlines in 1980 after shooting and killing her lover, the Scarsdale diet doctor, Herman Tarnower.
The headmistress of one of America’s most prestigious girls boarding schools, Harris seemed an impossible candidate for murder. But, after 15 years of tolerating Tarnower’s infidelities, and becoming increasingly dependent on medications, her obsessive love spiralled out of control. On Sept …Jean Harris claimed she drove through the night from Virginia to New York to see her lover Hy one last time before she shot herself by his pond. Six bullets were fired from the ‘suicide’ gun. Hy lay dying on the floor, Jean Harris was unscathed, and one of the century’s most notorious murder trials began.
...the tragic, quirky and unlikely tale of Jean Harris, who hit the headlines in 1980 after shooting and killing her lover…
Written and directed by Phyllis Nagy, adapted from Shana Alexander’s book “Very Much a Lady”, the film stars Annette Bening (American Beauty), and Ben Kingsley (credits).
The film was produced in association with Killer Films, and released by HBO in 2005.