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Valerie Harper

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 ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 10 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Rhoda Rhoda Gerard / Rhoda Morgenstern
Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore Rhoda Morgenstern / Rhoda Gerard
Valerie Valerie Hogan
Blame It on Rio
Blame It on Rio Karen Hollis


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 2013-2017 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Mrs. Butterworth / Old Lady / Department of Standardized Testing Proctor
- Moho House (2017) ... Mrs. Butterworth (voice)
- Looking for Mr. Goodbart (2017) ... Old Lady (voice)
- A Test Before Trying (2013) ... Department of Standardized Testing Proctor (voice)
 2016 My Mom and the Girl (Short)
Norma / Nanny
 2016 Childrens Hospital (TV Series)
Mamma Fiorucci
- Childrens Horsepital (2016) ... Mamma Fiorucci
 2015/I Merry Xmas (Short)
 2015 2 Broke Girls (TV Series)
Nola Anderz
- And the Great Unwashed (2015) ... Nola Anderz
 2015 Melissa & Joey (TV Series)
Aunt Bunny
- Thanks But No Thanks (2015) ... Aunt Bunny
 2014 Signed, Sealed, Delivered (TV Series)
Theresa Capodiamonte
- To Whom It May Concern (2014) ... Theresa Capodiamonte
- Time to Start Livin' (2014) ... Theresa Capodiamonte
 2014 American Dad! (TV Series)
IHOP Diner
- Cock of the Sleepwalk (2014) ... IHOP Diner (voice)
 2013 Hot in Cleveland (TV Series)
- Love Is All Around (2013) ... Angie
 2012 Shiver
Audrey Alden
 2011 Fixing Pete (TV Movie)
Mrs. Friedlander
 2011 Certainty
 2011 My Future Boyfriend (TV Movie)
Bobbi Moreau
 2009 'Til Death (TV Series)
Barbara Stark / Barbara
- The Courtship of Eddie's Parents (2009) ... Barbara Stark
- The Courtship of Eddie's Parents (2009) ... Barbara
 2005 Committed (TV Series)
Lily Solomon
- The Mother Episode (2005) ... Lily Solomon
 2003-2004 Less Than Perfect (TV Series)
Judith, Owen's Mom
- Mom's the Word (2004) ... Judith, Owen's Mom
- Claude's Alternative Thanksgiving (2003) ... Judith, Owen's Mom
 2004 As Told by Ginger (TV Series)
Maryellen / Librarian
- The Wedding Frame (2004) ... Maryellen / Librarian (voice)
 2002 Dancing at the Harvest Moon (TV Movie)
 2001 Three Sisters (TV Series)
Merle Keats
- Three Thanksgivings, One Turkey (2001) ... Merle Keats
- The In-Laws (2001) ... Merle Keats
 2001 Family Law (TV Series)
- Clemency (2001) ... Julia
 2001 That '70s Show (TV Series)
- Eric's Naughty No-no (2001) ... Paula
 1999 Sex and the City (TV Series)
Wallis Wysel
- Shortcomings (1999) ... Wallis Wysel
 1996-1999 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Kate Prescott
- Full Circle (1999) ... Kate Prescott
 1998 Generator Gawl (TV Series)
Dream Crowd / Girl Emcee / Student (English version, voice)
 1998 Sorcerous Stabber Orphen (TV Series)
- The Sword of Baltanders (1998) ... Townspeople (English version, voice)
 1998 Melrose Place (TV Series)
Mia Mancini
- Last Train to Baghdad (1998) ... Mia Mancini
- Mama Mia (1998) ... Mia Mancini
 1997 Dog's Best Friend (TV Movie)
Chicken (voice)
 1996 Promised Land (TV Series)
Molly Arnold
- The Magic Gate (1996) ... Molly Arnold
 1995 The Great Mom Swap (TV Movie)
 1995 The Office (TV Series)
Rita Stone
- My Guy (1995) ... Rita Stone
- Judgement Day (1995) ... Rita Stone
- Power Playing (1995) ... Rita Stone
- Rita & Frank (1995) ... Rita Stone
- Laboring Pains (1995) ... Rita Stone
 1994 A Friend to Die For (TV Movie)
Mrs. Delvecchio
 1991 Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Fashion (TV Movie)
Dyan Draper
 1990 City (TV Series)
Liz Gianni
- Just a Passing Dad (1990) ... Liz Gianni
- Seems Like Old Times (1990) ... Liz Gianni
- Oil and Water (1990) ... Liz Gianni
- Love Among the Ruins (1990) ... Liz Gianni
 1990 Stolen: One Husband (TV Movie)
Katherine Slade
 1988 The People Across the Lake (TV Movie)
Rachel Yoman
 1988 Drop-Out Mother (TV Movie)
Nora Cromwell
 1987 Strange Voices (TV Movie)
Lynn Glover
 1986 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Laurel Peters
- Egyptian Cruise: Part 2 (1986) ... Laurel Peters
- Egyptian Cruise: Part 1 (1986) ... Laurel Peters
 1985 The Execution (TV Movie)
Hannah Epstein
 1984 Blame It on Rio
Karen Hollis
 1983 An Invasion of Privacy (TV Movie)
Kate Bianchi
 1982 Don't Go to Sleep (TV Movie)
 1982 Farrell for the People (TV Movie)
Liz Farrell
 1981 The Day the Loving Stopped (TV Movie)
Norma Danner
 1980 The Shadow Box (TV Movie)
 1980 Fun and Games (TV Movie)
Carol Hefferman
 1979 Chapter Two
Faye Medwick
 1977 Night Drive (TV Movie)
Carol Turner
 1974 Freebie and the Bean
Consuelo - Bean's Wife
 1974 Thursday's Game (TV Movie)
Ann Menzente
 1972 Columbo (TV Series)
Eve Babcock
- The Most Crucial Game (1972) ... Eve Babcock
 1971 Story Theatre (TV Series)
 1971 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Barbara Watkins (segment "Love and the Housekeeper")
- Love and the Fuzz/Love and the Groupie/Love and the Housekeeper/Love and Women's Lib (1971) ... Barbara Watkins (segment "Love and the Housekeeper")
 1963 Trash Program (Short)
Wife (voice, uncredited)
 1959 Li'l Abner
Luke's Wife (uncredited)
 1956 Rock Rock Rock!
Dancer at Prom (uncredited)
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Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (1 credit)
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September 1997: Appeared in one-woman play "The Dragon and the Pearl" about the life of Pearl S. Buck, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and later in New York. See more »

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In the fall of 1987 she was abruptly fired by Lorimar from her NBC TV series Valerie (1986). She didn't show for filming one day. The series decided to continue on without her as "Valerie's Family" with Sandy Duncan playing Sandy Hogan, replacing Harper's "Valerie Hogan" character. Harper sued Lorimar for breach of contract and in the fall of 1988 was awarded $1.4 million plus 12.5% of the ... See more »

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