'Prison made me stronger,' Jean Harris says

March 05, 1993|By Newsday

NEW YORK -- In her first interview since she was released from prison seven weeks ago, Jean Harris said her 12 years in jail gave her a strength she had never had before.

"I think prison made me stronger than I've ever been in my life," Ms. Harris, 69, told Barbara Walters in an interview to be aired tonight on ABC's "20/20."

"I didn't have a very strong will to live when I went in, but I have a very strong will to live now."

Ms. Harris was convicted of killing Dr. Herman Tarnower, the author of the Scarsdale Diet book. She maintains he was killed accidentally.

In prison, Ms. Harris said she "learned to like myself better," adding that "you either stand for something when you're in there or you fold."

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