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Valerie Harper

 
Date Of Birth:
August 22, 1940 (82)
Birth Place:
Suffern, NY, USA
Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: August 22, 1940 (82)

Birth Place: Suffern, NY, USA

Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2010
Tallulah Bankhead
  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 2000
Marjorie [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
1998
Pearl S. Buck and other characters
  [Off-Broadway]
1995
Dorothy/Carol [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1971
Ensemble
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1970
Venus
Old Woman
Countess
Rich Peasant
Farmer's Wife
Mother
Eldest Daughter
Robber
Henny Penny
Performer
  [Broadway]
1967
Beth Nemerov (Standby) [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1961
Dancer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1960
Dancer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1959
Ensemble/Other Roles
Lady Entertainer
Townswoman

Valerie Harper Biography

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.

Valerie Harper Awards and Nominations

 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2010 - Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play
Valerie HarperLooped
 
Tony Awards - 2010 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Valerie Harper, Looped

Valerie Harper News

Vintage Theatre Productions Presents The Return Of WHO'S HOLIDAY Next Month Photo Vintage Theatre Productions Presents The Return Of WHO'S HOLIDAY Next Month
by Stephi Wild - Nov 18, 2022

Vintage Theatre Productions presents the return of the hilarious (and very adult) ‚ÄúWho's Holiday‚ÄĚ December 5 - 31.

WHO'S HOLIDAY! to Return to Theater Wit in November Photo WHO'S HOLIDAY! to Return to Theater Wit in November
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 29, 2022

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 Theate Photo Aaron Lazar, Christiane Noll, Sarah Beth Pfeifer & More to Star in FUN HOME at TheaterWorks Hartford
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 9, 2022

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 Photo FUN HOME opens TheaterWorks Hartford's 22/23 Season
by Grace Cutler - Aug 20, 2022

TheaterWorks Hartford, under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Rob Ruggiero, has announced details for its upcoming 2022‚Äď2023 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 Tribut Photo Museum of the Moving Image to Celebrate the Tony Awards With a Muppet-Broadway Tribute
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 26, 2022

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 Photo World Premiere SECONDO Announced At TheaterWorks Hartford This Summer
by A.A. Cristi - May 20, 2022

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 ‚Äď 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 W Photo Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and Writers Bloc Present AN EVENING WITH JAMES BURROWS
by A.A. Cristi - May 5, 2022

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Arts and Writers Bloc present ‚ÄúAn Evening with James Burrows,‚ÄĚ featuring Jason Bateman moderating a conversation with the legendary TV sitcom director whose extensive credits include ‚ÄúMary Tyler Moore Show,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúTaxi,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúCheers,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúFrasier,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúFriends‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúWill & Grace,‚ÄĚ 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 Photo The Hollywood Museum to Present an Industry Moms Mother's Day Exhibit
by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 23, 2022

‚ÄúFor most, our mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend.¬† Our mother‚Äôs love is unconditional and only grows stronger over a lifetime,‚ÄĚ says Donelle Dadigan (Founder/President of the Hollywood Museum).

Jeremy Jordan, Harriet Harris, and André De Shields Will Lead WHEN PLAYWRIGHTS KILL  Photo Jeremy Jordan, Harriet Harris, and André De Shields Will Lead WHEN PLAYWRIGHTS KILL World Premiere in Connecticut
by Stephi Wild - Apr 19, 2022

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 LoŐĀpez's ZOEY'S PERF Photo TheaterWorks Hartford to Present East Coast Premiere of Matthew LoŐĀpez's ZOEY'S PERFECT WEDDING
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 12, 2022

TheaterWorks¬†Hartford¬†will¬†present the East Coast premiere of¬†Zoey‚Äôs Perfect Wedding¬†by Tony-winner¬†Matthew LoŐĀpez, the first Latin√© playwright to win the Tony Award for best play. Directed by¬†Artistic Director¬†Rob Ruggiero, the production marks¬†LoŐĀpez‚Äôs return to TheaterWorks Hartford following 2018's¬†The Legend of Georgia McBride.

Valerie Harper Videos

VIDEO: Meet Cindy! Lesli Margherita Debuts Her WHO'S HOLIDAY Character in New Promo Videoplay
VIDEO: Meet Cindy! Lesli Margherita Debuts Her WHO'S HOLIDAY Character in New Promo

by Stage Tube - Nov 24, 2017

Olivier Award-winner Lesli Margherita will play 'Cindy Lou Who' in the World Premiere of Matthew Lombardo's Christmas comedy in couplets, WHO'S HOLIDAY! to be directed by Carl Andress. Lesli debuted her new character in a Thanksgiving promo for the show yesterday! Meet Cindy below!

VIDEO: 9/11 Flashback - Broadway Stars Unite for Inspirational 2001 TV Spot Videoplay
VIDEO: 9/11 Flashback - Broadway Stars Unite for Inspirational 2001 TV Spot

by Caryn Robbins - Sep 11, 2017

On the 16th Anniversary of 9/11, BWW looks back at a special tribute video filmed back in 2001 which proves the tried and true tradition - 'the show must go on!'

VIDEO: Valerie Harper and Lucie Arnaz Share Lucille Ball Memories on Rick McKay's THE GOLDEN AGE FILM TRILOGY
by Stage Tube - Aug 22, 2015

Rick McKay, the producer/director of THE GOLDEN AGE FILM TRILOGY, has just unveiled a new clip from the upcoming project, this time featuring an interview with Valerie Harper, telling the story of how the great Lucille Ball improvised one night on Broadway in the show WILDCAT in 1960. In addition, Ball's daughter Lucie Arnaz also joins the conversation. Check it out below!

STAGE TUBE: Flashback - Valerie Harper and Rick McKay Wish Luigi a Happy 85th Birthday at LOOPED
by Stage Tube - Apr 9, 2015

Rick McKay, the producer/director of Rick McKay's Broadway: The Golden Age Film Trilogy, just unveiled a backstage video of Valerie Harper and himself wishing legendary dance pioneer and teacher Eugene 'Luigi' Louis Facciuto a happy 85th birthday after a performance of LOOPED. Watch the footage below!

VIDEO: Valerie Harper Talks Beating the Odds, Joan Rivers and More
by TV News Desk - Nov 11, 2014

ET just interviewed Valerie Harper, who two years ago was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and three months to live. Click below to see what Harper had to say about beating the odds, her thoughts on Joan Rivers' death and more.

BWW TV: On the Red Carpet for Opening Night of MTC's CASA VALENTINA
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 24, 2014

Broadway's biggest stars flocked to th Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) last night to celebrate the opening of the Manhattan Theatre Club world premiere of Casa Valentina, the play by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was on the red carpet to chat with the guests, and below, you can check out interviews with Sierra Boggess, Alan Menken, Valerie Harper, Judith Light and more!

VIDEO: Valerie Harper Advises 'Live the Moment' on TODAY
by Caryn Robbins - Apr 16, 2014

Valerie Harper stopped by this morning's TODAY on NBC to share the joyful news that she is currently cancer-free, despite her grim diagnosis a year ago that she had only a few months to live.

VIDEO: Betty White & Santa Swoop in to CBS's THE TALK
by - Dec 3, 2013

The legendary comic talked about her friend Valerie Harper's courageous cancer battle and her positive attitude.

VIDEO: Valerie Harper Leaves DWTS with Message to 'Carry On'
by Caryn Robbins - Oct 8, 2013

On last night's DANCING WITH THE STAR, Broadway vet Valerie Harper and her pro dance partner Tristan McManus danced the Viennese Waltz to fun.'s 'Carry On,' a song which carries the message Harper has been so eloquently conveying throughout the competition.

VIDEO: Valerie Harper Channels Grace Kelly on DANCING WITH THE STARS
by Caryn Robbins - Oct 1, 2013

Broadway vet Valerie Harper and her pro dance partner Tristan McManus danced an energetic Cha-Cha as they channeled the spirit of actress Grace Kelly and Queen's Freddie Mercury.


Valerie Harper Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Valerie Harper been in?
Valerie Harper has appeared on Broadway in 8 shows.

How many West End shows has Valerie Harper been in?
Valerie Harper has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Valerie Harper been nominated for?
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 .