All My Children’s Francesca James in Real-Life Soap Battle Over Estate of Knots Landing’s Julie Harris Jamey Giddens December 2, 2013 All My Children, Knots Landing 6 Comments Even the most acclaimed soap opera writer couldn't spin a plot twist as shocking and macabre as this one! The New York Post has published a disturbing feature alleging famed All My Children actress and producer Francesca James insinuated her way into the life of Knots Landing alum and Broadway legend Julie Harris, who died of congestive heart failure on Aug. 24. The article's sources liken James (real name Francesa Rubino) to Eve Harrington in All About Eve, the classic flick about an interloper who strives to steal the life of her Broadway veteran rival. Here's an excerpt: The role of Eve Harrington, her friends say, was played by Francesca Rubino, a minor soap-opera actress who goes by the stage name Francesca James. Several friends and longtime employees, who were fired by Rubino — including a housekeeper, a gardener and Harris’ lawyer, Herbert Nass — say she “wormed” her way into Harris’ life, took control of her medical and business affairs, and “isolated” Harris from her son, Peter Gurian.