Gallery Books to Release Valerie Harper Memoir, I RHODA BOOK, 1/15
Simon & Schuster's Gallery Books imprint will publish a memoir by beloved and award-winning actress Valerie Harper entitled I RHODA BOOK. In the book, the award-winning television actress reflects on the role that made her famous-Rhoda Morgenstern on the groundbreaking CBS series The Mary Tyler Moore Show and on the spin-off show Rhoda-and the pressures of helming her own sitcom, Valerie. The memoir will be released on January, 15, 2013
From her childhood in New Jersey and upstate New York to the beginnings of her acting career as a dancer and chorus girl on Broadway- performing alongside stars like Lucille Ball and Jackie Gleason. Valerie shares the story of her life, both the highs and the lows, in this heartwarming memoir, filled with charming anecdotes about Betty, Lucy, and Mary, to name a few.
Valerie Harper said, "I RHODA BOOK is the book I can't wait to write! Decades after The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda Morgenstern and Mary Richards are still alive in the minds of so many people. I get called Rhoda so often that I sometimes forget who's who. And what fun it will be to tell people that I wrote a book called I RHODA BOOK!"
Jennifer Bergstrom, Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Gallery Books, said "Valerie Harper played one of the most recognizable and colorful characters to grace the small screen. I'm sure her memoir will be filled with the candor and enthusiasm that have made Valerie even more beloved than the character she played."
Four time Emmy winner Valerie Harper starred on Broadway in Matthew Lombardo's Looped and Charles Busch's The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, and in the national tour of William Gibson's Golda's Balcony, winner of the 2006 Touring Broadway Award. Other Broadway credits include Paul Sills' Story Theatre, Carl Reiner's Something Different, Subways Are for Sleeping, Wildcat, Take Me Along, Destry Rides Again and Li'l Abner.
Off-Broadway, she starred in Death Defying Acts by Elaine May and Woody Allen and All Under Heaven, a one-woman play which she co-wrote based on the life and work of Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck.
On TV, she achieved worldwide acclaim playing Rhoda Morgenstern on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Rhoda," earning four Emmys, a Golden Globe, Harvard's Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year and the Hollywood Women's Press Club Golden Apple Award. She starred on the NBC series "Valerie," as well as on CBS' "The Office," and "City," and in the feature films Freebie and the Bean, Neil Simon's Chapter Two, Blame It on Rio and The Last Married Couple in America. Valerie's numerous TV guest starring credits include "The Simpsons" and "Drop Dead Diva" and she is currently writing a memoir for Simon & Schuster.