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Valerie Harper

Highest Rated:   63% Golda's Balcony (2007)
Lowest Rated:   9% Blame It on Rio (1984)
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Birthplace:   Suffern, New York, USA
Actress Valerie Harper's fame largely rests on her colorful portrayal of television's "New Yawk-er" Rhoda Morgenstern. After growing up in Oregon, Michigan and Jersey City, Harper became a chorus dancer in the Big Apple, hoofing with the Radio City Rockettes and performing in such Broadway musicals as Li'l Abner, Take Me Along, Wildcat and Subways Are for Sleeping. Her first film appearance was in the 1959 movie adaptation of Li'l Abner. While spending her nights on stage, she attended Hunter College and the New School for Social Research, supporting herself between dancing gigs as a telephone canvasser and hat-check girl. During the 1960s, she did comedy-improv work with Second City and Paul Sill's Story Theatre (one of her co-workers during her Sills years was her first husband, comic actor Richard Schaal). In the popular mid-1960s comedy record album When You're in Love, the Whole World is Jewish, Harper can be heard offering an embryonic version of Rhoda Morgenstern, a character she based on her childhood friend Penny Almog. So well-grounded was she in Rhoda-like characterizations by 1970 that she was hired for The Mary Tyler Moore Show (her first regular TV-series gig) on the basis of a one-sentence audition. After winning three Emmies for her Mary Tyler Moore work, Harper was spun off into her own series in 1974, titled Rhoda. Though it opened to excellent ratings (thanks largely to the one-hour episode in which Rhoda married her blue-collar fiance Joe [David Groh]), Rhoda was never as big a hit as Mary Tyler Moore, and it left the air in 1978. During this period, Harper made her formal film debut in Freebie and the Bean (1974), earning a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of a Puerto Rican housewife. After toting up several stage and TV-movie credits, she returned to the weekly-series grind in 1986 with Valerie. She walked out on the show over a salary dispute, whereupon the producers fired her and retooled the series into The Hogan Family, which ran without Harper until 1991. She has starred in two series since leaving Valerie (1990's City and 1995's The Office) but has been unable to latch onto a character with the staying power of Rhoda Morgenstern. Additional appearances in Melrose Place, Sex and the City, Desperate Housewives, and Drop Dead Diva followed, Extremely active in prosocial causes off-camera, Valerie Harper was co-founder of an anti-hunger organization called LIFE (Love Is Feeding Everyone).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet She's The Best Thing In It
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet The Town That Came A-Courtin'
  • Executive Producer
  • Charlotte
2014
33% Certainty
  • Dom's Mother
2012
No Score Yet Shiver
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet My Future Boyfriend
  • Bobbi Moreau
2011
63% Golda's Balcony
  • Golda Meir
2007
No Score Yet Anne Murray in Jamaica
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Mary and Rhoda
  • Rhoda
2000
No Score Yet Dog's Best Friend
  • Chicken
1997
No Score Yet The Great Mom Swap
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet A Friend to Die For (Death of a Cheerleader)
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Death of a Cheerleader
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Fashion
  • Dyan Draper
1991
No Score Yet The People Across the Lake
  • Rachel Yoman
1988
No Score Yet Drop-Out Mother
  • Nora Cromwell
1988
No Score Yet The Execution
  • Hannah
1985
9% Blame It on Rio
  • Karen Hollis
1984
No Score Yet Don't Go to Sleep
  • Laura
1982
No Score Yet The Day the Loving Stopped
  • Norma Danner
1981
No Score Yet The Last Married Couple in America
  • Barbara
1980
No Score Yet The Shadow Box
  • Maggie
1980
40% Chapter Two
  • Faye Medwick
1979
No Score Yet Night Terror
  • Carol Turner
1976
27% Freebie and the Bean
  • Bean's Wife
$8.8k 1974
No Score Yet Thursday's Game
  • Ann Menzente
1974
No Score Yet Columbo: The Most Crucial Game
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Rock Rock Rock!
  • Actor
1956

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet 2 Broke Girls
2011
  • Nola
  • 2015
No Score Yet Melissa & Joey
2010-2015
  • Aunt Bunny
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars
2005
  • Reality cast member
  • Actor
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2013
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
2010-2015
  • Angie
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Drop Dead Diva
2009-2014
  • Actor
  • 2012
No Score Yet Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
  • Claire
  • 2011
No Score Yet 'Til Death
2006-2010
  • Barbara
  • 2009

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