Valerie Harper

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 Come join Valerie Harper at Chiller Theatre Oct 25th-28, 2012 

FIRST EVER APPEARANCE AT CHILLER!!!!

Mini Biography

Tony Awards

Nominations

  • 2010 Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play – “Looped
Emmy Awards

Nominations

  • 1978 Outstanding Lead Actress — Comedy Series – Rhoda
  • 1977 Outstanding Lead Actress — Comedy Series – Rhoda
  • 1976 Outstanding Lead Actress — Comedy Series – Rhoda
  • 1974 Outstanding Supporting Actress — Comedy Series – The Mary Tyler Moore Show

 

  • Golden Globe Awards

  • 1974 – Winner — Actress In A Leading Role — Musical Or Comedy Series – Rhoda

Nominations

Valerie Harper was doing theater in a small theater on Vermont Street in Los Angeles, where casting agent Ethel Winant spotted her and in 1970 called her in to audition for the role of the wise-cracking Jewish New Yorker Rhoda Morgenstern on the landmark CBS TV sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She co-starred from 1970–1974 and then starred in the spin-off series, Rhoda (CBS 1974-1978) in which her character returned to New York. She won four Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award for her work as Rhoda Morgenstern throughout this period. In 2000, Harper reunited with Mary Tyler Moore in Mary and Rhoda, a TV movie that brought their iconic characters back together again in later life. The first season of Rhoda was released on DVD on April 21, 2009 by Shout! Factory.

She was also nominated for a Golden Globe for “New Star of the Year” for her role in 1974’s Freebie and The Bean. Harper was a guest star on The Muppet Show in 1976, its first season.

Harper has worked almost exclusively in theater and television, but did have key supporting roles in Neil Simon’s Chapter Two in 1979 and Stanley Donen’s Blame It on Rio (1984) opposite Michael Caine. She has had roles in TV movies and guest spots on a number of series, including Melrose Place in 1998 and Sex and the City in 1999. Also in the 1990s, she advocated hormone replacement therapy for Eli Lilly and Company.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Harper was involved in the Women’s Liberation Movement and was an advocate of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Valerie Harper  is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and ran for president in the 2001 election, losing to Melissa Gilbert. However, she serves on the Hollywood Board of Directors of SAG.

In 2005 through 2006, Harper portrayed Golda Meir in a US National tour of the one-woman drama Golda’s Balcony.[A film of this production was released in 2007.

She played Tallulah Bankhead in the world-premiere production of Matthew Lombardo’s Looped at the Pasadena Playhouse in California in a June 27 to August 3, 2008 run, and at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, in 2009. The play had a brief run on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre, from February 2010 (previews) through April 2010.

Harper played the role of Claire, aunt of Susan Delfino (Teri Hatcher), on ABC’s Desperate Housewives in 2011.