Valerie Harper

Valerie Harper

Highest Rated: 63% Golda's Balcony (2007)

Lowest Rated: 8% Blame It on Rio (1983)

Birthday: Aug 22, 1939

Birthplace: Suffern, New York, USA

A beloved presence on both the stage and screen, Valerie Harper remains best known for her iconic role as Rhoda Morgenstern on "Mary Tyler Moore" (CBS, 1970-77) and the spin-off "Rhoda" (CBS, 1974-78). Born in Suffern, New York in 1939, Harper's father's work required the family to make frequent moves. She had attended school in five different states by the time she opted to remain in New York on her own, studying ballet at Young Professionals School while appearing as a chorus girl at Radio City Corps de Ballet at the young age of 16. Harper went on to appear in Broadway productions like "Wildcat" and "Take Me Along" before joining the improv theater Second City, where she met and began a relationship with Richard Schaal, whom she later married in 1965. Harper branched into on-screen acting with a minor appearance on the soap opera "Doctors" (NBC, 1963-1982) before she and Schaal moved to Los Angeles in order to pursue film and television work more seriously. The pair co-wrote and starred in an episode of "Love, American Style" (ABC, 1969-1974) in 1970, right around the same time that Harper landed the role of Rhoda, best friend to protagonist Mary on the series "Mary Tyler Moore." The massive success of the series made Harper a star overnight, and though she also continued to appear on stage and in movies like "Freebie and the Bean" (1974), by 1974 Rhoda had become such an iconic character that she was offered her own spin-off. Harper began starring on "Rhoda" in 1974, occasionally returning for guest appearances on "Mary Tyler Moore." "Rhoda" wrapped in 1978, the same year Harper and Schaal divorced, and Harper moved on to appear in the film adaptation of Neil Simon's "Chapter Two" (1979). Over the coming years, Harper appeared in memorable projects like the cult hit "Blame it on Rio" (1984) before developing and starring on her own series, "Valerie" (NBC, 1986-1991) beginning in 1986. The family sitcom proved a big hit with viewers and Harper married second husband Tony Cacciotti on the heels of the show's success, but trouble hit after season two when network executives became intractable during routine contract negotiations. Unable to reach an agreement, the network fired Harper and, infamously, wrote her character off of the show, changing the series' name to "Valerie's Family" and eventually "The Hogan Family." Harper sued the show's production company and was awarded $1.4 million plus 12.5% of the show's profits, and she moved on to star on the Paul Haggis series "The City" (CBS, 1990), in addition to starring in acclaimed off-Broadway productions of "Death Defying Acts" and "All Under Heaven." Harper made a memorable appearance on an episode of "Sex and the City" (HBO, 1998-2004) before reuniting with Mary Tyler Moore for the reunion TV movie "Mary and Rhoda" (ABC, 2000). She returned to Broadway to star as Tallulah Bankhead in "Looped" in 2011, earning tremendous acclaim, and enjoyed making cameo appearances as a voice actor on "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1989-) and "American Dad!" (Fox, 2005-). Harper passed away in 2019, several years after being diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. She was 80 years old.

Highest rated movies

Golda's Balcony
Chapter Two
Freebie and the Bean
Blame It on Rio




No Score Yet 83% Betty White: A Celebration Self - 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Mom and the Girl Norma / Nanny (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Banner on the Moon Narrator - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Merry Xmas Mother (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet She's the Best Thing In It Self - 2015
No Score Yet 86% Marsha Hunt's Sweet Adversity Unknown (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Town That Came A-Courtin' Charlotte (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2014
33% 60% Certainty Kathryn (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 15% Shiver Audrey Alden (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 31% My Future Boyfriend Bobbi Moreau (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fixing Pete Mrs. Friedlander (Character) - 2011
63% 57% Golda's Balcony Unknown (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dancing at the Harvest Moon Claire (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 60% Mary and Rhoda Rhoda Morgenstern Gerard Rousseau (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dog's Best Friend Chicken (Voice) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Mom Swap Grace (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 52% A Friend to Die For Mrs. Delvecchio (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 40% Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Fashion Dyan Draper (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stolen: One Husband Katherine Slade (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 43% The People Across the Lake Rachel Yoman (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Drop-Out Mother Nora Cromwell (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Strange Voices Lynn Glover (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Execution Hannah Epstein (Character) - 1985
8% 39% Blame It on Rio Karen Hollis (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet An Invasion of Privacy Kate Bianchi (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Farrell for the People Liz Farrell (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 67% Don't Go to Sleep Laura (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Day the Loving Stopped Norma Danner (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Shadow Box Maggie (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fun and Games Carol Hefferman (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 24% The Last Married Couple in America Barbara (Character) - 1980
50% 32% Chapter Two Faye Medwick (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 29% Night Terror Carol Turner (Character) - 1976
21% 66% Freebie and the Bean Bean's Wife (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 70% Thursday's Game Ann Menzente (Character) - 1974


85% 76% The Simpsons Mrs. Butterworth (Guest Voice) 2013 2017
No Score Yet 60% 2 Broke Girls Nola (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet 75% Melissa & Joey Aunt Bunny (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dr. Oz Show Guest 2014
No Score Yet 66% The Chew Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Signed, Sealed, Delivered Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2010 2013-2014
No Score Yet 90% American Dad! IHOP Diner (Guest Voice) 2014
No Score Yet 42% Dancing With the Stars Contestant 2013
No Score Yet 8% The View Guest 2013
No Score Yet 79% Hot in Cleveland Angie (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2011 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doctors Guest 2013
72% 49% Drop Dead Diva Judge Leslie Singer (Guest Star) 2011-2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rosie Show Guest 2011
72% 87% Desperate Housewives Claire Bremmer (Guest Star) 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2010
No Score Yet 80% 'Til Death Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
40% No Score Yet Committed Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet 0% Less Than Perfect Unknown (Guest Star) 2003-2004
19% No Score Yet Three Sisters Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet 79% That '70s Show Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
70% 83% Sex and the City Wallis Wysel (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet 0% Melrose Place Mia Mancini (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Promised Land Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Office Rita Stone (Character) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hogan Family Valerie Hogan (Character) 1986-1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rhoda Rhoda Morgenstern Gerard (Character) 1974-1979
No Score Yet 100% The Mary Tyler Moore Show Rhoda Gerard (Character) 1970-1975 1977
No Score Yet 100% The Carol Burnett Show Guest 1973
No Score Yet 86% Columbo Eve Babcock (Guest Star) 1972