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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 22 August 1939Suffern, New York, USA
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 (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) (NBC), Don't Go to Sleep (1982) (ABC) and An Invasion of Privacy (1983) (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.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (2)

Tony Cacciotti (8 April 1987 - present) (1 child)
Richard Schaal (1964 - 29 January 1978) (divorced)

Trivia (17)

Is a graduate of the Erhard Seminars Training (better known as EST).
Ex-stepdaughter, Wendy Schaal, is an actress.
Valerie was born at Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern, N.Y.
She and her then-husband, actor Richard Schaal, were also a writing team and wrote a script for the series Love, American Style (1969) called "Love and the Visitor", Love, American Style: Love and the Elopement/Love and the Visitor (1970), back in the early 70's.
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 profits of the show, which continued on without her until 1991.
Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 206-207. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
Ex-roommate of Arlene Golonka.
First met Mary Tyler Moore on set of The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961), where her then-husband,Richard Schaal, was guest starring.
Became a mother when she adopted her daughter, Cristina Cacciotti, with her 2nd husband Tony Cacciotti.
Has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer [March 6, 2013].
Before hitting it big as "Rhoda Morgenstern", she maintained a steady roll of supporting player appearances in Broadway musicals throughout the 1960s, appearing with such legends as Jackie Gleason, Robert Morse, Walter Pidgeon, Phyllis Newman, Sydney Chaplin, Orson Bean and Lucille Ball.
On Broadway in "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife" as Marjorie Taub.
On Broadway in "Looped" as Tallulah Bankhead. With 'Brian Hutchison' and Michael Mulheren. [February 2010]
Nov. 2005 - June, 2006 On tour, playing Golda Meir in the one-woman show, "Golda's Balcony". [November 2005]
Appearing as Golda Meir in the play "Golda's Balcony" at the Hobby Center in Houston, Texas through April 9, 2006. [March 2006]
She has twice been cast as the replacement for Linda Lavin in a New York theater production, once Off-Broadway ("Death-Defying Acts") and once on Broadway ("The Tale of the Allergist's Wife").
She has English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and French ancestry.

Personal Quotes (3)

I used to get some ego thing out of saying I wasn't a star, just an actress. Forget it. I'm a star. I wanted it. I worked for it. I got it.
[January, 2013, on being told she has months to live] I don't think of dying. I think of being here now.
Life is a miracle.

Salary (1)

Mary Tyler Moore (1970) $700 per episode (season 1)

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