Jessica Harper

Highest Rated: 100% Love and Death (1975)
Lowest Rated: 0% The Blue Iguana (1988)
Birthday: Oct 10, 1949
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Birdlike, wide-eyed, brunette American actress Jessica Harper headed for New York after graduation from Sarah Lawrence college; her first professional gig was an understudy in the "tribal love rock musical" Hair. It would be one of the few major financial successes that Harper would ever be associated with. The actress is considered the uncrowned queen of "cult" films, among them such esoterica as Phantom of the Paradise (1974), Inserts (1977), and The Blue Iguana (1988), in which she played a female Castro! Even when selecting a "mainstream" role, Harper's choices have been somewhat offbeat: as Steve Martin's put-upon wife in Pennies from Heaven (1981), she has a musical number in which he imagines hacking her husband to death with a knife! Harper was at her most normal, and most appealing, in the nostalgic comedy My Favorite Year (1982), in which she played the girlfriend of "Mel Brooks-ish" comedy writer Mark Linn Baker. In Stardust Memories (1980), she was one of many stellar contributors to Woody Allen's impressionistic vision of fame. Offscreen, Jessica Harper is the wife of motion picture executive Thomas E. Rothman.

Highest Rated Movies



66% Suspiria Actor 2018
No Score Yet Masterpiece Contemporary Pam 2008
91% Minority Report Anne $132.1M 2002
47% Me, Myself & Irene Actor $0.6M 2000
No Score Yet On the Edge of Innocence Alice Walker 1997
15% Boys Mrs. John Baker 1996
86% Safe Joyce 1995
52% Mr. Wonderful Funny Face 1993
No Score Yet Eat a Bowl of Tea Actor 1989
No Score Yet Big Man on Campus Dr. Fisk 1989
0% The Blue Iguana Cora 1988
No Score Yet The Imagemaker Cynthia 1986
No Score Yet Il Mondo dell'orrore di Dario Argento (Dario Argento's World of Horror) Actor 1985
96% My Favorite Year K.C. Downing 1982
85% Pennies From Heaven Joan 1981
50% Shock Treatment Brad 1981
68% Stardust Memories Daisy 1980
No Score Yet The Evictors Ruth Watkins 1979
93% Suspiria Suzy Bannion 1977
100% Love and Death Natasha Petrovna 1975
88% Inserts Cayhy Cake 1975
91% Phantom of the Paradise Phoenix 1974
100% Taking Off Actor 1971


No Score Yet Masterpiece
  • 2008
  • 1985
  • 1979
No Score Yet Crossing Jordan
  • 2005
61% Ally McBeal
Sister Helen McCarthy
  • 1998
  • 1997
82% Tales from the Crypt
  • 1990
No Score Yet Wiseguy
  • 1989
  • 1987
97% Moonlighting
Jeanine Dalton
  • 1986
No Score Yet The Equalizer
  • 1986
No Score Yet It's Garry Shandling's Show.
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