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Valerie Harper

Birth Place: Suffern, NY, USA

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Harper is best known to audiences for her role as the beloved Rhoda Morgenstern on the classic TV sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and its subsequent spin-off, "Rhoda." The popularity of the show was enormous, and the episode of Rhoda's wedding set ratings records with 52 million viewers.

For playing Rhoda, Harper won a total of four Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe. Her extensive television career includes the self titled sitcom, "Valerie," and more recently guest roles on such hit shows as "Desperate Housewives," "Sex and the City," "That '70s Show," "Touched by an Angel" and "Hot in Cleveland." Notable film credits include "Blame It on Rio," "Freebie and the Bean," "Chapter Two" and "The Last Married Couple in America."

In 2010 Harper was seen on Broadway in "Looped" and received a Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of legendary actress Tallulah Bankhead. In January 2013, Harper published her memoir, I Rhoda.

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Valerie Harper STAGE CREDITS

Original Broadway Production, 2010
Tallulah Bankhead

Broadway Transfer, 2000
Marjorie [Replacement]

Pearl S. Buck and other characters

Dorothy/Carol [Replacement]

Original Broadway Production, 1971

Original Broadway Production, 1970

Old Woman


Rich Peasant

Farmer's Wife


Eldest Daughter


Henny Penny


Beth Nemerov (Standby) [Replacement]

Original Broadway Production, 1961

Original Broadway Production, 1960

Original Broadway Production, 1959
Ensemble/Other Roles

Lady Entertainer


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Photos: Charles Busch Celebrates New Memoir With a Release Party

Theatre icon Charles Busch has released his new memoir! 'Leading Lady: A Memoir of a Most Unusual Boy' was released on August 29, 2023. To celebrate the release, Busch held a party at Michael’s New York. Check out photos here!

21 Theater Books for Your Fall 2023 Reading List

We're falling into fall with a great Broadway read! This season, Broadway's best have put pen to paper to turn out theatre page-turners of every kind. From theatre biographies to theatre fiction; theatre books for kids to theatre history; check out our collection of 21 new Broadway books for every theatre lover's fall reading list.

TheaterWorks Hartford Unveils 2023-2024 Season & Details for All-Female Musical LIZZIE

Get ready for an exciting season at TheaterWorks Hartford as they reveal their lineup for 2023-2024, including the highly anticipated all-female musical 'LIZZIE'. Immerse yourself in the powerful and captivating story of 'LIZZIE' and experience the unforgettable theater experience that TheaterWorks Hartford has in store for you.

27 Theater Books for Your Summer 2023 Reading List

From theatre biographies to theatre fiction; theatre books for kids to theatre history; check out our collection of 27 new Broadway books for every theatre lover's Summer reading list.

Lane Marsh Named Director Of Operations For Broadway's GM Foresight Theatrical

Foresight Theatrical, a leading Broadway general management company, under the supervision of partners Allan Williams, Aaron Lustbader and Mark Shacket, has named Lane Marsh as Director of Operations.  Marsh, also a general manager at FST, has been with the company since its formation in 2012.   The FST partners also announced that Nick Ginsberg and Jalaina Ross have been promoted to general managers. 

Photos: Go Inside The Hollywood Museum's Mother's Day Tribute to MOTION PICTURE MOTHERS

The Hollywood Museum played host to a spectacular photo exhibit, for Mother's Day to pay homage to the matriarchs of the MOTION PICTURE MOTHERS organization and the most celebrated working moms in entertainment with loving and amusing images with their families. Check out photos from the event here!

Interview: Paul Sand on the World Premiere of His Play THE PILOT WHO CRASHED THE PARTY

Tony Award winning actor and Second City alum Paul Sand is proving yet again that you are never too old to follow your dreams in the entertainment world. His resume includes being a Tony and two-time Drama Desk Award-winning actor, writer and director who has been working in film, television, and theatre for over 60 years. And now at the age of 91, he is excited to be directing the world premiere of The Pilot Who Crashed the Party, his off-beat homage to drawing room comedies of the ’30s, this time set in his beloved Santa Monica Mountains. I wondered what his secrets might be to having such an extraordinary lifetime of work and still be writing and directing at 91. So I decided to speak with him to find out!

Theater Resources Unlimited to Present 'Women Producers Take The Stage (The Conversation Continues)'

Theater Resources Unlimited will present a TRU Town Hall: Women Producers Take the Stage (The Conversation Continues), on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 in-person at Polaris North Theatre.

Charles Busch's Memoir, 'Leading Lady: A Memoir of a Most Unusual Boy' Is Now Available for Pre-Order

'Leading Lady: A Memoir of a Most Unusual Boy' is described as a poignant, deliciously anecdotal account of a talented artist’s Oz-like journey in the worlds of Off-Broadway, Broadway, and Hollywood.

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE Producer Si Litvinoff Passes Away at 93

Si Litvinoff, the visionary producer whose foresight in cinema art led to perennial classics such as Stanley Kubrick's “A Clockwork Orange,” Nicolas Roeg's “Walkabout”, 'The Man Who Fell to Earth,' starring David Bowie, and more passed away peacefully on Monday, December 26, 2022, in Los Angeles, California. He was 93.    

Vintage Theatre Productions Presents The Return Of WHO'S HOLIDAY Next Month

Vintage Theatre Productions presents the return of the hilarious (and very adult) “Who's Holiday” December 5 - 31.

WHO'S HOLIDAY! to Return to Theater Wit in November

Christmas Day is in our grasp. Why the vodka? Glad you asked! Theater Wit has announced the return of Who’s Holiday!, a hilarious night out with a booze-guzzling, cigarette-smoking, 40-year-old Cindy Lou Who as she recalls the fateful night she met The Grinch, and the sordid events that happened after, November 25-December 30, 2022. 

Aaron Lazar, Christiane Noll, Sarah Beth Pfeifer & More to Star in FUN HOME at TheaterWorks Hartford

TheaterWorks Hartford will open its 2022-2023 season with Fun Home. The cast for Fun Home includes Broadway veterans Aaron Lazar as Bruce, Christiane Noll as Helen, and Sarah Beth Pfeifer.

FUN HOME opens TheaterWorks Hartford's 22/23 Season

TheaterWorks Hartford, under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Rob Ruggiero, has announced details for its upcoming 2022–2023 season which is filled with great music, captivating stories, and world-class writing.

Museum of the Moving Image to Celebrate the Tony Awards With a Muppet-Broadway Tribute

In honor of the upcoming Tony Awards on June 12, Museum of the Moving Image will highlight some of the greatest Muppet moments that feature legendary stars and memorable songs of musical theater.

World Premiere SECONDO Announced At TheaterWorks Hartford This Summer

TheaterWorks Hartford presents the World Premiere of SECONDO the sequel to our beloved hit show, I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI by Jacques Lamarre based on stories by Giulia Melucci. Directed by Rob Ruggiero, the production runs JULY 29 – AUGUST 28 and marks the 10th anniversary since I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI first enamored Hartford audiences.

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and Writers Bloc Present AN EVENING WITH JAMES BURROWS

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Arts and Writers Bloc present “An Evening with James Burrows,” featuring Jason Bateman moderating a conversation with the legendary TV sitcom director whose extensive credits include “Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Taxi,” “Cheers,” “Frasier,” “Friends” and “Will & Grace,” in conjunction with the release of his memoir, Directed by James Burrows, on Monday, June 6, 2022, 7:30 pm, at The Wallis.

The Hollywood Museum to Present an Industry Moms Mother's Day Exhibit

“For most, our mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend.  Our mother’s love is unconditional and only grows stronger over a lifetime,” says Donelle Dadigan (Founder/President of the Hollywood Museum).

Jeremy Jordan, Harriet Harris, and André De Shields Will Lead WHEN PLAYWRIGHTS KILL World Premiere in Connecticut

Tony Award nominee Jeremy Jordan, Tony Award winner Harriet Harris and Tony Award winner André De Shields will star in the world premiere of Matthew Lombardo's new backstage comedy WHEN PLAYWRIGHTS KILL. Get tickets and learn about the production.

TheaterWorks Hartford to Present East Coast Premiere of Matthew López's ZOEY'S PERFECT WEDDING

TheaterWorks Hartford will present the East Coast premiere of Zoey’s Perfect Wedding by Tony-winner Matthew López, the first Latiné playwright to win the Tony Award for best play. Directed by Artistic Director Rob Ruggiero, the production marks López’s return to TheaterWorks Hartford following 2018's The Legend of Georgia McBride.


Valerie Harper has appeared on Broadway in 8 shows.

Valerie Harper has not appeared in the West End

Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play (Helen Hayes Awards) for Looped and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Looped .

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