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December 28, 2012 | By Claudia Luther, Special to The Times
Jean Harris, the onetime headmistress of an elite girls' school whose trial in the fatal 1980 shooting of the celebrity diet doctor who jilted her generated front-page headlines and national debates about whether she was a feminist martyr or vengeful murderer, has died. She was 89. Harris, who spent nearly 12 years in prison for the shooting death of her longtime boyfriend, "Scarsdale Diet" doctor Herman "Hy" Tarnower, died Sunday at an assisted-living facility in New Haven, Conn., of complications related to old age, her son James said.
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December 28, 2012 | By Claudia Luther, Special to The Times
Jean Harris, the onetime headmistress of an elite girls' school whose trial in the fatal 1980 shooting of the celebrity diet doctor who jilted her generated front-page headlines and national debates about whether she was a feminist martyr or vengeful murderer, has died. She was 89. Harris, who spent nearly 12 years in prison for the shooting death of her longtime boyfriend, "Scarsdale Diet" doctor Herman "Hy" Tarnower, died Sunday at an assisted-living facility in New Haven, Conn., of complications related to old age, her son James said.
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NEWS
December 30, 1988 | Associated Press
New York Gov. Mario M. Cuomo today denied a request for clemency from Jean Harris, convicted in the 1980 murder of Scarsdale Diet author Dr. Herman Tarnower. Harris, 65, is serving 15 years to life for the slaying of her lover. Friends and relatives of Harris, former headmistress at the exclusive Madeira School in McLean, Va., had mounted a petition appeal campaign on her behalf.
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July 2, 2011 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Jean Harris, a feisty advocate for gay and lesbian rights and longtime Democratic Party activist who helped elect openly gay candidates in California, has died. She was 66. Harris, who had a number of serious health problems, was found June 25 in her Palm Springs home by her partner, Denise Penn. An autopsy to determine the cause of death is underway. An Orange County native, Harris played a key role in mobilizing support for the so-called lavender sweep of 1990, when San Francisco voters elected two lesbian supervisors and a gay school board member.
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January 24, 1993 | Associated Press
Jean Harris, the headmistress who fatally shot "Scarsdale Diet" Dr. Herman Tarnower, is free after 12 years in prison. Harris, 69, was released Friday night from a hospital where she was recovering from a blood clot in her leg. The complication arose after she underwent quadruple bypass heart surgery.
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January 22, 1993 | Associated Press
Jean Harris will be freed from custody within a week, after spending 12 years behind bars for killing "Scarsdale Diet" Dr. Herman Tarnower. The Parole Board on Wednesday granted the 69-year-old Harris parole and said she would be released next Wednesday, or earlier if her health permits. The action came three weeks after Gov. Mario M. Cuomo granted her clemency, or the right to seek early parole. She had been serving a sentence of 15 years to life.
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April 2, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
A state judge says convicted murderer Jean Harris may keep the $35,000 she earned from a magazine excerpt of her book because it deals with her life in prison, not her crime. The judge ruled that the state Crime Victims Board erred in applying the state's "Son of Sam Law." The law, named after a 1970s serial killer, was aimed at preventing criminals from profiting from their crimes by writing books, television or film scripts.
NEWS
December 31, 1988 | Associated Press
Gov. Mario M. Cuomo on Friday rejected a clemency plea from Jean Harris, the former headmistress of an exclusive Virginia girls' school who was convicted in the 1980 murder of Scarsdale Diet author Dr. Herman Tarnower. Harris, 65, is serving 15 years to life for the slaying of her lover. Friends and relatives who had mounted a 25,000-signature petition appeal on her behalf promised to continue their effort.
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August 24, 1988 | CARLA HALL, The Washington Post
As Jean Harris gets up and starts to walk away, her foot catches a leg of the chair and she stumbles backward, gracefully almost, as if in slow motion, grazing her head against a window sill as she falls to the floor. She sits there, her face a cross between dazed and annoyed, and it's a minute before people begin converging--her publicist, a reporter, a corrections officer, another inmate--to help.
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December 8, 1988 | United Press International
Jean Harris, the former girls' school headmistress who is serving a 15-year prison term for slaying diet doctor Herman Tarnower, again has asked Gov. Mario M. Cuomo for clemency, it was reported today. In her petition, Harris' lawyers asked Cuomo to take into account her age and health, her contributions to teaching and caring for the health of other prisoners, possible errors at her trial and the fact that she was addicted to amphetamines when she killed Tarnower, the New York Times reported.
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April 29, 2001 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jean Harris won a stunning victory this month when Oxnard school officials shelved a three-year campaign to build an elementary campus on prime farmland east of town. But that last hurrah almost killed her. So now, at age 78, Ventura County's most enduring environmental crusader is calling it quits as she recovers at a hilltop retreat near Santa Barbara. "I'm stepping off the merry-go-round; I've really been sick," Harris said last week. "Now I want to smell the roses."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2000
The 1st District supervisorial race could be a defining moment for Ventura County because Steve Bennett and Jim Monahan have such differing views about concepts like urban sprawl and health care (Measure O, for example). Both are extremely significant issues for the Board of Supervisors. Look what Bennett has already accomplished: As a Ventura city councilman, he so impressed the people he worked with that he is now endorsed by the Ventura Police Officers Assn., Mayor Sandy Smith, former Mayor Jim Friedman and former Mayor John McWherter.
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July 2, 2000 | BEVERLY KELLEY, Beverly Kelley teaches in the Communication Department at Cal Lutheran University. Address e-mail to kelley@clunet.edu
"What It Means To Be an American," theme of many an Independence Day oration in eras past, is rarely examined by contemporary celebrants seemingly satisfied with parades and pyrotechnics. Jean Harris and Roma Armbrust not only know what it means, they live it 365 days a year. Harris, who lives in Oxnard, and Armbrust, of Ventura, were recently flown to Washington, D.C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2000
At last, the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) will be considering the location of Juan Soria School in Oxnard this Wednesday. It is extremely difficult for me to oppose the Emerson Avenue site chosen by the Oxnard School District, as I served as a trustee for many years. They are my friends over there. However, there are numerous appropriate areas within the city boundaries, and I feel that a greenbelt location outside the city and far from the students it would serve is the wrong place for the school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1998
As a member of the Ventura County Agriculture Policy Working Group, I recommend these policies and strategies: "Stop urban sprawl!" At seven town meetings we heard it with applause. In our survey nearly 70% preferred scenarios A and B together. How do we answer the mandate? It will take time to work out the specific strategies required in the county and in each city. Eleven-hundred acres of farmland each year is too much to lose. How can we hold the line in the meantime? I believe the SOAR (Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 1996
Once again, our beautiful farmland is being hotly pursued by those who would turn it to lesser uses: yesterday, the ag lands near the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library; now in Oxnard, the 100 acres west of Patterson to Victoria. Isn't it time to think long term--even think globally as well as locally? We have a unique, irreplaceable resource--as fine as any agricultural soil on the planet, well-watered and in a setting of sheer beauty. Silhouetted by Topa Topa Mountain, shall we replace our green, productive land with cement, topped by row on row of houses?
BOOKS
September 28, 1986 | Janet Kaye, Kaye is a lawyer and writer currently at work on a collection of short stories. and
It is not just the wisdom of hindsight but also the oppressive weight of Jean Harris' repressed rage at Dr. Herman Tarnower, discernible throughout the pages of "Stranger in Two Worlds," that make the doctor's shooting death at Harris' hands seem inevitable. In her book--part autobiography and part apologia--Harris presents herself as bright and capable yet intensely insecure.
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September 11, 1988 | ALEX RAKSIN
Jean Harris has been locked up in New York's Bedford Hills Correctional Facility since 1981, a year after she was convicted of killing cardiologist Herman Tarnower, the author of "The Scarsdale Diet" book and her lover of 15 years. She emerges from these stories as a sane, gracious and compassionate woman who looks with sadness upon a prison whose injustices seem to rival those of its inmates.
NEWS
July 19, 1993 | PAMELA WARRICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From her cabin high above the Connecticut River, Jean Harris can see two mountain ranges, three white church steeples, one tiny village and two covered bridges. What she cannot see is her past. And that, of course, is why she has come here. After serving 12 years in a maximum-security prison for the 1980 murder of Scarsdale Diet Dr. Herman Tarnower, Harris' failing health and model work with prisoners' children finally won her release in January.
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