Valerie Harper

Making people laugh is only one facet of Valerie Harper's career, which extends from the stage to television and feature films. 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" (1970) and "Rhoda" (1974), 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 (1979), Freebie and the Bean (1974) and The Last Married Couple in America (1980). In television she has starred on all three networks in movies of the week, including Farrell for the People (1982) (TV) (NBC), Don't Go to Sleep (1982) (TV) (ABC) and An Invasion of Privacy (1983) (TV) (CBS). [+]