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Valerie Harper

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Making people laugh is only one facet of Valerie Harper's career, which extends from the stage to television and feature films. A native of Suffern, New York -- "I was born to suffer" -- Harper began her career as a dancer with the corps de ballet at Radio City Hall during its spectacular heyday. She gradually moved into acting, working in everything from industrial shows to regional theatre to the Second City comedy troupe of Chicago. Eventually, she made it to Broadway in productions of Dear Liar, the Tony Award winning Story Theatre, Something Different and Metamorphosis. Stardom came with television, including four Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe for her work in Mary Tyler Moore and Rhoda, in which the latter she played the title role. Harper has won Harvard's Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year, and her Rhoda's Wedding episode set that year's ratings record. Since retiring Rhoda Morganstern to re-runs, Harper has been active on stage and in movies. Her feature films include Chapter Two, Freebie and the Bean and The Last Married Couple in America. In television she has starred on all three networks in movies of the week, including Farrell for the People (NBC), Don't Go to Sleep (ABC) and An Invasion of Privacy (CBS). A strong supporter of women's rights, Harper was working since the mid-80s a film with second husband Tony Cacciotti which will probably never reach fruition after all this time. on the subject of domestic violence, based on a true story.  See full bio on IMDb »

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Valerie Harper -- Hospitalized in Maine

Valerie Harper
Hospitalized in Maine

Legendary TV actress Valerie Harper was rushed to the hospital Wednesday night in Maine ... TMZ has confirmed. Harper was at a theater where she was getting ready to go onstage for a play, when… READ MORE >

Valerie Harper -- $50K Settlement in Cancer Lawsuit ... On Broadwayyyy

Valerie Harper
$50K Settlement in Cancer Lawsuit ... On Broadwayyyy

Valerie Harper is squashing her cancer beef with the Broadway playwright who accused her of lying about the disease ... and she's coming out of the legal battle $50,000 richer.  The… READ MORE >

- 866 days ago
Valerie Harper Rips Broadway Honcho -- How Dare You Accuse Me of Hiding My Cancer!

Valerie Harper
Rips Broadway Honcho How Dare You Accuse Me of Hiding My Cancer!!!

No one was more shocked by the return of Valerie Harper's cancer than Valerie Harper -- so she insists in new legal docs, claiming the Broadway playwright who accused her of keeping her cancer a… READ MORE >

- 879 days ago
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Valerie Harper
Sued By Broadway Honcho How Dare You Get Brain Cancer During My Play!

Not only did Valerie Harper have the nerve to get cancer without telling the bigwigs behind her recent Broadway play ... she had the audacity to let it spread to her brain, causing her to forget… READ MORE >

- 887 days ago
Disney Witch Hunt Over 'Dancing With the Stars!'

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Disney Witch Hunt!

Disney is none too pleased that TMZ got the cast list of "Dancing With the Stars," because we've learned the head of security has launched an investigation to find the leak.The Mouse House… READ MORE >

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Valerie Harper -- I'm 'Dancing with the Stars' Despite Terminal Brain Cancer

Valerie Harper
'Dancing with the Stars' Despite Terminal Brain Cancer

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- 1129 days ago
Valerie Harper: Cancer Can't Kill Happiness

Valerie Harper
Cancer Can't Kill Happiness

Valerie Harper was in a great mood over the weekend, looking great and laughing it up as she talked to Savannah Guthrie about her terminal illness.Harper was on "Today" ... discussing her brain… READ MORE >

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Valerie Harper
STANDING TALL in the Face of Terminal Cancer

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- 1303 days ago
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Valerie Harper
I Have 3 Months To Live

Valerie Harper has terminal brain cancer and doctors are giving her around 3 months to live.Harper, who famously played the character Rhoda on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and the spin-off,… READ MORE >

- 1304 days ago
Valerie Harper -- Good Genes or Good Scarves?

'Rhoda' Star Valerie Harper
Good Genes or Good ... Scarves?

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