Valerie Harper

Biography

Making people laugh is only one facet of Valerie Harper's career, which extends from the stage to television and feature films. A native of Suffren, New York -- "I was born to suffer" -- Harper began her career as a dancer with the corps de ballet at Radio City Hall during its spectacular heyday. She gradually moved into acting, working in everything from industrial shows to regional theatre to the Second City comedy troupe of Chicago. Eventually, she made it to Broadway in productions of "Dear Liar", the Tony Award winning "Story Theatre", "Something Different" and "Metamorphosis". Stardom came with television, including four Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe for her work in "Mary Tyler Moore" (1970) and "Rhoda" (1974), in which she played the title role. Harper has won Harvard's Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year, and her "Rhoda's Wedding" episode set that year's ratings record. Since retiring Rhoda Morganstern to the eternity of re-runs, Harper has been active on stage and in movies. Her feature films include Chapter Two (1979), Freebie and the Bean (1974) and The Last Married Couple in America (1980). In television she has starred on all three networks in movies of the week, including Farrell for the People (1982) (TV) (NBC), Don't Go to Sleep (1982) (TV) (ABC) and An Invasion of Privacy (1983) (TV) (CBS). A strong supporter of women's rights, Harper is preparing a film with Tony Cacciotti -- her partner in TAL Productions -- on the subject of domestic violence, based on a true story.

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Blame It on Rio

Karen Hollis

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Night Drive

Carol Turner

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Rhoda: Season One

Rhoda Morgenstern Gerard / ... (110 episodes, 1974-1978)

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Chapter Two

Faye Medwick

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The Last Married Couple in America

Barbara

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Mary and Rhoda

Rhoda Morgenstern-Rousseau

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Don't Go to Sleep

Laura

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Strange Voices

Lynn Glover

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The Great Mom Swap

Grace

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Fixing Pete

Mrs. Friedlander

Starring In
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Being Mary Tyler Moore

Self (archive footage)

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Vows We Have Made

Theresa Capodiamonte (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Broadway: The Golden Age

Self

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Shiver

Audrey Alden

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Fixing Pete

Mrs. Friedlander

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My Future Boyfriend

Bobbi Moreau

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魔術士オーフェン(Majutsushi Orphen)

Townspeople (1 episode, 1998)

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Mary and Rhoda

Rhoda Morgenstern-Rousseau

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Generator Gawl - Vol. 2 - Future Memory

Dream Crowd / ... (unknown episodes)

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The Great Mom Swap

Grace

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Death of a cheerleader

Mrs. Delvecchio

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Touched by an Angel - The Third Season, Vol. 1

Kate Prescott (2 episodes, 1996-1999)

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Strange Voices

Lynn Glover

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The Execution

Hannah Epstein

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Blame It on Rio

Karen Hollis

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Don't Go to Sleep

Laura

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The Last Married Couple in America

Barbara

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Chapter Two

Faye Medwick

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Night Drive

Carol Turner

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Freebie and the Bean

Consuelo - Bean's Wife

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Rhoda: Season One

Rhoda Morgenstern Gerard / ... (110 episodes, 1974-1978)

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L'il Abner (Digitally Remastered)

Luke's Wife (uncredited)

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Rock, Rock, Rock!

Dancer at Prom (uncredited)

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