"Perhaps the most moving moment of the one-hour presentations came when actress Joan Van Ark spoke of her close connection with Harris through the years, beginning when Van Ark was a high school student interviewing the actress for a school newspaper. Harris urged her to apply to Yale School of Drama, where Harris once attended. Their relationship, she said, continued throughout their lives. [They were in the hit ptime time soap opera, "Knot's Landing," on TV together.]
Van Ark showed the audience an old purple bag that Harris once gave her, now filled with letters, gifts and mementos from Harris through the years. Van Ark says she takes it with her for every performance she gives and uses it as a touchstone. ``This person is a gift to all of us,'' she said of Harris.