Valerie Harper

Actor, Dancer, Hatcheck girl (at Lutece)
Perhaps no other actress evoked the edgy, freewheeling spirit of 1970s television than Emmy-winning actress Valerie Harper, whose star-making turn as the brassy, bold Rhoda Morgenstern on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" ... Read more »
Born: 08/21/1940 in Suffern, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (95)

2 Broke Girls 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Dad 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

Shiver 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Signed, Sealed, Delivered 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hot in Cleveland 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Certainty 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Drop Dead Diva 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fixing Pete 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Desperate Housewives 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

'Til Death 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Golda's Balcony 2007 (Movie)

Golda Meir (Actor)

The 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Committed 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV's Greatest Sidekicks 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Less Than Perfect 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mary Tyler Moore Reunion 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Law 1995 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inside TV Land 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Melrose Place 1995 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Promised Land 1995 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

That '70s Show 1999 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Three Sisters 1999 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1995 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Beggars and Choosers 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Estelle Getty 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 2001 Genesis Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

14th Annual Genesis Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Thicker Than Water 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sex and the City 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Mary Tyler Moore 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Vicki Lawrence Show 1995 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

A Friend to Die For 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Office 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second Annual Comedy Hall of Fame 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Scott Ross Street Talk (03/14/93) 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

What About Me? I'm Only 3! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Mary Tyler Moore: The 20th Anniversary Show 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hogan Family 1985 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

A Conversation With Dinah 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS Comedy Bloopers 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 4th Annual American Comedy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

At Rona's 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Child Abuse: Innocence on Trial 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Execution 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Blame It on Rio 1984 (Movie)

Karen Hollis (Actor)

Don't Go to Sleep 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love Liberty 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Candid Camera Special 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Chapter Two 1979 (Movie)

Faye Medwick (Actor)

John Denver and the Ladies 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Rhoda 1974 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Married Couple in America 1978 (Movie)

Barbara (Actor)

Night Terror 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mary Tyler Moore Show 1970 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

John Denver: Rocky Mountain Christmas 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Freebie and the Bean 1974 (Movie)

Bean's Wife (Actor)

The Shape of Things 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Trouble With People 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

An Invasion of Privacy (TV Show)

Actor

City (TV Show)

Actor

Dancing at the Harvest Moon (TV Show)

Actor

Dog's Best Friend (TV Show)

Voice

Drop-Out Mother (TV Show)

Actor

Farrell For the People (TV Show)

Actor

Fun and Games (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Nancy McKeon (TV Show)

Narrator

Mary and Rhoda (TV Show)

Actor

Melissa & Joey (Tv Show)

Actor

My Future Boyfriend (TV Show)

Actor

Stolen: One Husband (TV Show)

Actor

Strange Voices (TV Show)

Actor

The Day the Loving Stopped (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Mom Swap (TV Show)

Actor

The People Across the Lake (TV Show)

Actor

The Shadow Box (TV Show)

Actor

Thursday's Game (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Perhaps no other actress evoked the edgy, freewheeling spirit of 1970s television than Emmy-winning actress Valerie Harper, whose star-making turn as the brassy, bold Rhoda Morgenstern on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (CBS, 1970-77) and its spin-off "Rhoda" (CBS, 1974-78) remained one of the most adulated performances in TV history. Harper began her career as a Broadway showgirl, making a name for herself in such high-profile productions as "Destry Rides Again" (1959) and "Wildcat" (1960), but it was on the small screen where she rose to fame. Harper won over audiences as Moore's wisecracking, headscarf-sporting best friend on the acclaimed series "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," a scene-stealing role she later reprised on her own sitcom "Rhoda." In 1974, she broke into film, playing Alan Arkin's wife in the comedy "Freebie and the Bean." In 1987, TV would become the bane of Harper's existence when she was fired from her popular sitcom "Valerie" (NBC, 1986-87), sparking an ensuing legal battle that threatened to derail Harper's career. In 1988, the comedienne emerged victorious, winning the landmark lawsuit. Harper continued acting over the next several decades, entertaining audiences with her brash, irreverent wit. Beloved for playing strong characters, Harper was even more resilient when it came to her personal life. Within a short window of time, she bravely battled both lung and brain cancer, with the latter being diagnosed as fatal in 2013. The news devastated millions, while Harper remained as courageous and inspirational as ever in the face of adversity.

Relationships

Cristina Cacciotti Actor

Daughter
Born 1983; adopted with Tony Cacciotti

Tony Cacciotti Actor

Husband
Married April 8, 1987

Howard Harper

Father

Iva Harper

Mother

Richard Schaal Actor

Husband
Married 1964 Divorced Jan. 29, 1978

EDUCATION

Hunter College

New York , New York

New School for Social Research

New York , New York

Milestones

2011

Played the aunt of Susan Delfino (Teri Hatcher) on ABC's "Desperate Housewives"

2010

Returned to Broadway to star as over-the-top screen legend Tallulah Bankhead in "Looped"

2007

Portrayed Golda Meir in national tour of one-woman Broadway drama "Golda's Balcony"

2001

Succeeded Linda Lavin in Broadway production of "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife"

2001

Ran for Screen Actors Guild president; lost to Melissa Gilbert

2000

Re-teamed with Mary Tyler Moore for TV movie reunion "Mary and Rhoda" (ABC)

1999

Guest starred on HBO's "Sex and the City"

1995

Returned to New York stage, replacing Linda Lavin in "Death Defying Acts"

1995

Returned to series TV on short-lived sitcom "The Office" (CBS)

1990

Played lead on short-lived CBS sitcom "City"

1986

Starred on NBC sitcom "Valerie"; was fired at end of second season following a salary dispute with production company Lorimar; series continued as "Valerie's Family" and later renamed to "The Hogan Family"

1984

Played Michael Caine's wife in Stanley Donen's "Blame It on Rio"

1979

Had supporting role in Neil Simon's "Chapter Two"

1974

TV movie debut, "Thursday's Game" (ABC)

1974

Landed starring role on CBS spin-off comedy series "Rhoda" as her original character Rhoda Morgenstern

1974

First substantial role in features, "Freebie and the Bean"; nominated for a Golden Globe Award

1969

Played title character's best friend Rhoda Morgenstern on CBS comedy series "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"

1960

Joined chorus of "Wildcat," starring Lucille Ball and directed by Kidd

1958

Made Broadway debut in chorus of "Li'l Abner," choreographed by Michael Kidd

1956

Was a member of the corps de ballet, Radio City Music Hall

1956

Made film debut as an extra in "Rock, Rock, Rock!"

Appeared with Second City company

Bonus Trivia

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Harper was named Woman of the Year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals in 1975.

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"People see me as their pal. A friend, a relative. It's a privilege and so sweet." – Harper in the New York Post, Aug. 8, 1995

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Harper, a nonsmoker, successfully beat lung cancer in 2009.

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On the March 8, 2013 issue of People magazine, Harper announced she had been was diagnosed with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a terminal brain cancer. Doctors gave the actress three months to live. "I don't think of dying," Harper said. "I think of being here now."

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