Valerie Harper
Actress
Valerie Harper
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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Betty White Remembers Mary Tyler Moore In Special Tribute
Huffington Post - 25 days
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The Festival of Lights in the Spotlight
Huffington Post - about 1 year
As someone who hates shopping, I boldly decided to initially tackle my holiday list at Bed, Bath & Beyond. In search of an aisle I could actually have room to walk in, what immediately caught my attention were the three large displays dressed in blue featuring a wide array of Hanukkah-themed merchandising. In addition to doll and book "The Mensch on a Bench," which was featured on ABC's "Shark Tank" a few seasons ago (and I am now the proud owner of), the products included gelt-filled dreidels; candles, napkins and tablecloths; menorahs; sizable decorations (including a white bear wearing a yarmulke); a tree topper; stockings and gingerbread kits. There were even Hanukkah-themed products for our four-legged friends. While maybe not the appropriate reaction, all I could think of was the slogan, "We've Come a Long Way, Baby." And I am not referring to the old Virginia Slims cigarette brand. Since when is Hanukkah so relevant? As a young child growing up in Flushing, Queens, ...
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Valerie Harper says she was supposed to be dead years ago
Fox News - over 1 year
After facing serious health concerns this summer, actress Valerie Harper is opening up about her battle with cancer and conquering setbacks with the help of her doctors and caregivers.
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Valerie Harper at peace with cancer diagnosis and is 'ready to go'
Fox News - almost 2 years
Valerie Harper was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2013 and sounds remarkably positive telling PEOPLE that she’s “feeling good.”
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TCA Awards Honor 'Veep' & 'True Detective,' Says A Final Goodbye To 'Breaking Bad'
Huffington Post - over 2 years
On Saturday, July 19, Terry Crews hosted the non-televised TCA Awards alongside Miss Piggy. HBO won big through "Veep" and "True Detective," and an award for "Breaking Bad" meant the show got its final goodbye (unless -- as Bryan Cranston put it in his acceptance speech-- "you create the category of newly departed show"). "Veep's" Armando Ianucci accepted the Best Comedy award for "Veep." "'Veep' is written by British writers, and I was very nervous about the idea of coming over and having a go at your political system," he said. "But politicians in Washington took us in and were very generous with their time and with their offers of help. And we repaid that by portraying them as the shallow suck-ups that they actually are." Receiving the award for Individual Achievement in Comedy for her work on the show, Julia Louis-Dreyfus thanked the critics and recognized the general grooviness of winning in a co-ed category. "To be in a co-ed group -- it's sort of like having that co-ed ...
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A Life Full of Laughter: Betty White
Huffington Post - about 3 years
In one of the most poignant scenes of the "Golden Girls", Betty White's character, Rose Nylund's celebrating a birthday. She bakes a cake and lights the candles, leaves her kitchen and then comes back in, surprised at the cake. In breaking the 4th wall, begins to tell Charlie how lonely she's been since he's been gone and that she thinks it's time for a change so she's going to move from St.Olaf to Miami. You can feel the sadness from this normally upbeat character and know that you are witnessing one of the greatest TV actresses of the 20th century. On January 17th, 2014, Betty White turned 92 and become one of the oldest working actresses still in television and continues to work on the show "Hot in Cleveland" which is one of the highest rated shows on cable TV. She is continuing a career that has lasted more than 75 years but Betty is known more than just her work in television; she is also known for her dedication to animals and zoos, especially the Los Angeles Zoo. Betty White ...
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'Dancing With The Stars': Did The Show Suffer This Season?
Huffington Post - about 3 years
The words I have been hoping for since the third week of September were uttered by Tom Bergeron Tuesday night when he handed over the coveted Mirror Ball to Amber Riley and Derek Hough: our new champions of "Dancing With The Stars." Because, honestly, it could've gone either way. Twice a year, I look forward to another season of "Dancing With The Stars" and every time, I'm never disappointed. But for most of Season 17, I was not a happy viewer. Sure, there were some great pairs with touching stories (Valerie Harper and Jack Osbourne), and some nice surprises (Nicole Polizzi is a much better dancer than her former "Jersey Shore" co-star, The Situation) but they were outnumbered by the ridiculous amount of upsets. And while I do not blame Bill Engvall whatsoever (he is pretty darn likeable), I did blame the people who voted for him. I really had no idea that rednecks would outnumber Guidos and Guidettes, "Saved By The Bell" fans and Scientology haters the way they did. The fact that ...
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Why Betty White Will Never Retire
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Betty White has no plans to retire and leave TV behind. "Why should I retire from something I love so much? I'm blessed with good health; I'm blessed with being invited to participate in television, so why should I say, 'No, no, I'm retiring.' To do what? Nothing that I could possibly find to do would be as much fun as what I do for a living," White told The Huffington Post in a phone interview on Monday, Nov. 11. The 91-year-old actress is the new face of Sharper Image for the company's holiday campaign, as seen in the video below, and she is having a ball exploring the "wonderful" gadgets. (Don't be surprised if photos of White and a certain electric putting green surface.) "[The gadgets] are so fascinating and I'm so thrilled to be able to get up close to them," she said. "I'm dying to put one of those piano keyboards down on my living room floor, but I think I might make a fool of myself." Read on for White's touching Christmas plans, favorite gadgets and roles, and what's n ...
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Keck's Exclusives: Ed Asner on Working with Robin Williams and a Hot in Cleveland Snub
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
The outspoken seven-time Emmy winner turns 84 on Nov. 15, has two fun TV appearances coming up and couldn't help calling out Hot in Cleveland for recently snubbing him and pal Gavin MacLeod. Mr. Asner, you've worked with so many fellow TV legends, but was your upcoming appearance on CBS's The Crazy Ones (airing Nov. 14) your first time co-starring with Robin Williams? First time. Asner: I'm playing a trademark commercial character (Mr. Finger) from years ago like Mr. Clean. They decide to restore the character in a new ad campaign, so they bring me back and I put on my best British butler. Did you miss not having a live studio audience to play to? TV Guide Magazine: TV Land's Hot in Cleveland is still playing it old school in front of a live audience. If you talk to them, tell them we will exhume Ted [Knight] for a triple male threat of our own. Did you happen to catch Valerie Harper's run on Dancing With the Stars?
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15 Classic TV & Movie Characters That Make Stylish Halloween Costumes (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
What better excuse there is to dress up as your favorite TV or movie character than Halloween? Sure, there will inevitably be those super creative party-goers posted up at the bar wearing clever costumes like these, but there's nothing wrong with recreating (for the millionth time) Marilyn Monroe's all-white ensemble from "The Seven Year Itch." The late blonde actress' iconic style moment on the big screen is just one of many looks we'll never grow tired of seeing. So if you're feeling nostalgic like we are, below are 15 classic TV and movie characters that make stylish Halloween costumes. William Shatner as Captain Kirk in "Star Trek" For the hunk who prefers not to freeze his butt off, the commander's mock turtleneck shirt is the way to go. Rita Hayworth as "Gilda" Finally, a reason to recycle your prom dress or bridesmaid gown. Just slip on a pair of long gloves, style your hair into sophisticated '40s waves and you're ready, darling. Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine in ...
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Thy Will Be Done: A Cancer Survivor's Perspective
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I was diagnosed with stage four cancer at only 33 years old. For some reason the thought of "Why ME? Why is this happening to me?" never repeated over and over in my mind. I certainly wasn't expecting this diagnosis, but I know the statistics. Shockingly, cancer has become so (dare I say) prevalent experts say 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will face it during their life. Everyone knows someone facing cancer right now, and it impacts all of our lives at some point. Knowing over 1,500,000 are diagnosed with cancer every single year -- and that's just in the United States -- I think I felt more "Why not me?" I just didn't feel there was anything about me that should make me somehow get to be immune, or exempt, from cancer. Michael Douglas was facing his cancer at the same time as my 2010 battle, so I knew even rich celebrities aren't immune. We can think of so many cases of "famous people" facing cancer, from Robin Robert's brave battle to Valerie Harper. As a baptized and c ...
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Booking Bad: An Excellent Alternative to <i>Breaking Bad</i>
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It occurred to me after my last blog that nobody really wanted to read about my terminal cancer. Like who the do I think I am? Of course, If I were Valerie Harper and able to waltz my brain tumor around on Dancing with the Stars -- well then we're talking real human interest. Reading about some mid-list author's (and I'm talking extremely low mid list) last days is not exactly a big draw. Clearly, you've got to be somebody to die like somebody. So what I had thought was a very original and compelling blog idea turns out to be as common as crossover young adult fiction. (Isn't that always the way with us struggling- to-be-original authors?) What could be more dramatic than to follow an author to the very end of her days, her last strangled bon mots, her final feeble exclamation point! I really believed that would get a whole bunch of new subscribers to my blog not to mention sell a book or two or three. Well much to my dismay, death and dying or what I call the Kicking the Bucket Schoo ...
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‘Dancing with the Stars’: Carry on, Valerie Harper
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
The legendary sitcom star evoked tears during another poignant dance. Even if it was her last of the season.
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Keyshawn Johnson Eliminated First on Dancing With the Stars
US Magazine - over 3 years
Keyshawn Johnson was the first contestant sent home on Season 17 of Dancing With the Stars on Monday, Sept. 23, but he's leaving with a smile on his face. The 41-year-old former NFL player said he was proud of what he accomplished with dancing pro partner Sharna Burgess in the first two weeks of ABC's reality ballroom dance competition show. PHOTOS: Remember when these stars were on DWTS? "For a guy that's never even bobbed his head in a car, I think the fact that I could have the experience to dance and learn what dancing is all about, and Sharna teaching me is something amazing to me," Johnson said after his elimination. "I don't really care at this point about whether we win or lose. It's just the fact that I had the opportunity to learn from her. I think she's an amazing choreographer and her time will come. I wish I could have done more to help her out." The elimination was decided by combining scores of judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli from Monday's ...
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Valerie Harper adds final chapter to memoirs
Calgary Sun - over 3 years
Terminal cancer patient Valerie Harper has added a new chapter to her memoirs about her battle with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis.
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'Dancing with the Stars': Tristan MacManus praises Valerie Harper
Zap 2 it - over 3 years
Valerie Harper is one of the big surprises of "Dancing with the Stars" Season 17. Despite her terminal cancer, she performed well in the premiere. Her partner, Tristan MacManus, talked about how Valerie was doing after the show.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Valerie Harper
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 75
    On July 30, 2015, Harper was hospitalized in Maine after falling unconscious, and taken via medevac to a larger hospital for further treatment.
    More Details Hide Details She was later released. Harper is a one-time Tony nominee, eight-time Emmy nominee (four wins) and a six-time Golden Globe nominee (one win). Reference bibliography
  • 2014
    Age 74
    In April 2014, Harper said she was responding well to the treatment.
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  • 2013
    Age 73
    Harper and MacManus were voted off on October 7, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1970s/80s, Harper was involved in the Women's Liberation Movement and was an advocate of the Equal Rights Amendment. With Dennis Weaver she co-founded L.I.F.E. in 1983, a charity that fed thousands of needy in Los Angeles.
    On September 4, 2013, Harper was announced as a contestant for the 17th season of Dancing with the Stars.
    More Details Hide Details She was partnered with professional dancer Tristan MacManus.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She said her doctors had given her as little as three months' life expectancy. Although the disease was reported to be incurable, her doctors said they were treating her with chemotherapy in an effort to slow its progress.
  • 2011
    Age 71
    She played Claire Bremmer, aunt of Susan Delfino (Teri Hatcher), on ABC's Desperate Housewives in 2011.
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  • 2008
    Age 68
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The play had a brief run on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre, from February 2010 (previews) through April 2010.
  • 2005
    Age 65
    In 2005 through 2006, Harper portrayed Golda Meir in a US National tour of the one-woman drama Golda's Balcony.
    More Details Hide Details A film of this production was released in 2007.
  • 2001
    Age 61
    Harper is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and ran for president in the 2001 election, losing to Melissa Gilbert.
    More Details Hide Details She served on the Hollywood Board of Directors of SAG.
  • FORTIES
  • 1987
    Age 47
    Harper later married Tony Cacciotti in 1987; the couple has a daughter by adoption.
    More Details Hide Details In 2009, Harper was diagnosed with lung cancer.
    In 1987, it was initially renamed Valerie's Family and then The Hogan Family, as Harper was replaced by actress Sandy Duncan, who played her sister-in-law Sandy Hogan.
    More Details Hide Details NBC canceled The Hogan Family in 1990, but it was picked up by CBS for a final season. Harper appeared in various television movies, including a performance as Maggie in a production of the Michael Cristofer play The Shadow Box, directed by Paul Newman, and in guest roles on such series as Melrose Place (1998) and Sex and the City (1999).
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Harper sued NBC and Lorimar for breach of contract. Her claims against NBC were dismissed, but the jury found that Lorimar had wrongfully fired her and awarded her $1.4 million plus 12.5 percent of the show's profits. The series continued without her with the explanation that her character had died off-screen.
  • 1986
    Age 46
    Harper returned to situation comedy in 1986 when she played family matriarch Valerie Hogan on the NBC series Valerie.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1976
    Age 36
    Harper was a guest star on The Muppet Show in 1976, its first season.
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  • 1970
    Age 30
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She won four Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award for her work as Rhoda Morgenstern throughout this period. In 2000, Harper reunited with Moore in Mary and Rhoda, a TV movie that brought their iconic characters together again in later life. The first season of Rhoda was released on DVD on April 21, 2009, by Shout! Factory. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for "New Star of the Year" for her role in Freebie and The Bean (1974).
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1968
    Age 28
    Harper and Schaal moved to Los Angeles in 1968, and co-wrote an episode of Love, American Style.
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  • 1965
    Age 25
    Her roommate, actress Arlene Golonka, introduced her to Second City improvisation theater and to improv performer Dick Schaal, whom Harper later married in 1965.
    More Details Hide Details Harper was stepmother to Schaal's daughter, Wendy, an actress. They lived in Greenwich Village. She returned to Broadway in February 2010, playing Tallulah Bankhead in Matthew Lombardo's Looped at the Lyceum Theatre. Harper appeared in a bit part in the film version of Li'l Abner (1959), playing a Yokumberry Tonic wife. She broke into television on an episode of the soap opera The Doctors ("Zip Guns can Kill"). She was an extra in Love with the Proper Stranger. She was in the ensemble cast of Paul Sill's Story Theatre and toured with Second City with Schaal, Linda Lavin and others, later appearing in sketches on Playboy After Dark.
  • 1964
    Age 24
    Harper married actor Richard Schaal in 1964. They divorced in 1978.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1959
    Age 19
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 2010, she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance as Talullah Bankhead in the play Looped. Harper was born in Suffern, New York, the daughter of Iva Mildred (née McConnell; 1910—1988) and Howard Donald Harper. Her father was a lighting salesman, and her mother was born in Canada and trained as a nurse. She is the middle child of three siblings. She has an older sister, Leah; a younger brother, Merrill (who later took the name "Don") and a half-sister, Virginia, from her father's second marriage. She claims her parents were expecting a boy and after her arrival, her first and middle names derived from that year's women's doubles tennis champions, Valerie Scott and Kay Stammers. She is of French, English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry. Harper claims to have based her future character Rhoda Morgenstern on her Italian stepmother, Angela Posillico, and Penny Ann Green (née Joanna Greenberg), with whom she danced in the Broadway musical Wildcat. She was raised Catholic, although at an early age she "quit" the church.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1939
    Born
    Born on August 22, 1939.
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