Valerie Harper

Born Aug 22, 1939

Valerie Harper is an American actress, known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern on the 1970s television series The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and for her starring roles on the sitcoms Rhoda (a spin-off of The Mary Tyler Moore Show) and Valerie.

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1939 Birth Born on August 22, 1939.


1959 19 Years Old Harper is also known for her stage work, having appeared in several Broadway productions. She started her career as a dancer on Broadway, making her debut in the musical Take Me Along in 1959. … Read More


1964 24 Years Old Harper married actor Richard Schaal in 1964. They divorced in 1978.
1965 25 Years Old …  Her roommate, actress Arlene Golonka, introduced her to Second City improvisation theater and to improv performer Dick Schaal, whom Harper later married in 1965. … Read More
1968 28 Years Old Harper and Schaal moved to Los Angeles in 1968, and co-wrote an episode of Love, American Style.


1970 30 Years Old 1 More Event
While doing theater in Los Angeles in 1970, Harper was spotted by casting agent Ethel Winant, who called her in to audition for the role of Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
1976 36 Years Old Harper was a guest star on The Muppet Show in 1976, its first season.


1986 46 Years Old Harper returned to situation comedy in 1986 when she played family matriarch Valerie Hogan on the NBC series Valerie.
Following a salary dispute with NBC and production company Lorimar in 1987, Harper was fired from the series at the end of its second season. … Read More


2001 61 Years Old Harper is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and ran for president in the 2001 election, losing to Melissa Gilbert. … Read More
2005 65 Years Old In 2005 through 2006, Harper portrayed Golda Meir in a US National tour of the one-woman drama Golda's Balcony. … Read More
2008 68 Years Old She played Tallulah Bankhead in the world-premiere production of Matthew Lombardo's Looped at the Pasadena Playhouse from June 27 to August 3, 2008, and at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., in 2009. … Read More
2011 71 Years Old She played Claire Bremmer, aunt of Susan Delfino (Teri Hatcher), on ABC's Desperate Housewives in 2011.
She announced on March 6, 2013, that tests from a January hospital stay revealed she has leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare condition in which cancer cells spread into the meninges, the membranes surrounding the brain. … Read More
2014 74 Years Old In April 2014, Harper said she was responding well to the treatment.
2015 75 Years Old On July 30, 2015, Harper was hospitalized in Maine after falling unconscious, and taken via medevac to a larger hospital for further treatment. … Read More
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