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Jessica Harper

Highest Rated:   100% My Favorite Year (1982)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Blue Iguana (1988)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Masterpiece Contemporary
  • Pam
2008
90% Minority Report
  • Anne
$132.1M 2002
48% Me, Myself & Irene
  • Actor
$0.6M 2000
No Score Yet On the Edge of Innocence
  • Alice Walker
1997
15% Boys
  • Mrs. John Baker
1996
85% Safe
  • Joyce
1995
53% 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
100% My Favorite Year
  • K.C. Downing
1982
84% Pennies From Heaven
  • Joan
1981
40% Shock Treatment
  • Brad
1981
72% Stardust Memories
  • Daisy
1980
No Score Yet The Evictors
  • Ruth Watkins
1979
93% Suspiria
  • Suzy Bannion
1977
100% Love and Death
  • Natasha Petrovna
1975
86% Inserts
  • Cayhy Cake
1975
91% Phantom of the Paradise
  • Phoenix
1974
100% Taking Off
  • Actor
1971

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Pam
  • 2008
  • 1979
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Sister Helen McCarthy
  • 1998

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