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American actress-author-composer Jessica Harper was born on October 10, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois, to Eleanor (Emery), a writer, and Paul Church Harper, Jr., a painter who was chairman of the Needham Harper Worldwide advertising agency in NY. Jessica launched her professional acting career soon after graduating from Sarah Lawrence. Drawing on her ... See full bio »

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 2018 Suspiria (post-production)
 2015 Proof (TV Series)
Virginia Tyler
- St. Luke's (2015) ... Virginia Tyler
 2005 Crossing Jordan (TV Series)
Dorris Meisner
- Forget Me Not (2005) ... Dorris Meisner
 2002 Minority Report
Anne Lively
 1999 7th Heaven (TV Series)
Norma Moon
- Paranoia (1999) ... Norma Moon
 1998 Ally McBeal (TV Series)
Sister Helen
- Worlds Without Love (1998) ... Sister Helen
 1997 Nothing Sacred (TV Series)
- Calling (1997) ... Elizabeth
 1997 On the Edge of Innocence (TV Movie)
Mrs. Alice Walker
 1997 Chicago Hope (TV Series)
Phyllis Church
- Missed Conception (1997) ... Phyllis Church
 1996 The Story First: Behind the Unabomber (TV Movie)
 1996 Boys
Mrs. John Baker
 1995 Safe
 1993 Mr. Wonderful
Funny Face
 1990 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
- My Brother's Keeper (1990) ... Marie
 1988-1990 It's Garry Shandling's Show. (TV Series)
Phoebe Bass
- Driving Miss Garry (1990) ... Phoebe Bass
- The Talent Show (1990) ... Phoebe Bass
- The Last Show (1990) ... Phoebe Bass
- Mad at Brad (1990) ... Phoebe Bass
- Family Man (1990) ... Phoebe Bass
 1989 Eat a Bowl of Tea
American prostitute (uncredited)
 1989 Big Man on Campus
Dr. Fisk
 1989 Wiseguy (TV Series)
Jenny McPike
- Stairway to Heaven (1989) ... Jenny McPike
 1988 The Blue Iguana
 1987 Once Again (TV Movie)
 1987 Trying Times (TV Series)
- Bedtime Story (1987) ... Sydney
 1987 Starman (TV Series)
Charlotte Hart
- The System (1987) ... Charlotte Hart
 1986 Moonlighting (TV Series)
Janine Dalton
- All Creatures Great... and Not So Great (1986) ... Janine Dalton
 1986 The Equalizer (TV Series)
Kate Parnell
- Nocturne (1986) ... Kate Parnell
 1986 The Imagemaker
 1985 When Dreams Come True (TV Movie)
 1985 Tales from the Darkside (TV Series)
- The Tear Collector (1985) ... Prudence
 1982 My Favorite Year
K.C. Downing
 1981 Pennies from Heaven
 1981 Shock Treatment
Janet Majors
 1980 Stardust Memories
 1979 The Evictors
Ruth Watkins
 1979 Studs Lonigan (TV Mini-Series)
Loretta Lonigan
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... Loretta Lonigan
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... Loretta Lonigan
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... Loretta Lonigan
 1978 Little Women (TV Mini-Series)
Jo March
 1977 Aspen (TV Mini-Series)
Kit Kendrick
- Aspen: Chapter III (1977) ... Kit Kendrick
- Aspen: Chapter I (1977) ... Kit Kendrick
- Aspen: Chapter II (1977) ... Kit Kendrick
 1977 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Sunny Mandell
- See How She Runs (1977) ... Sunny Mandell
 1977 Suspiria
Suzy Bannion
 1975 Love and Death
 1975 Inserts
Cathy Cake
 1974 Phantom of the Paradise
 1973 The Garden Party (Short)
 1971 NBC Children's Theatre (TV Series)
Elizabeth Tyler
- Super Plastic Elastic Goggles (1971) ... Elizabeth Tyler
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Co-starred in the Lennox, Massachusetts production of Nancy Greenwald's "Richard Farina: Long Time Coming and a Long Time Gone", with Richard Gere in the title role as the writer/poet/folk-singer. The musical played at the Lennox Arts Center from July 15 to August 22, 1971. Miss Harper did not accompany the production to New ... See more »

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5' 4" (1.63 m)

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"I was interested in painting more than anything else, but I got bored. Then I studied modern dance. But I got bored. I started studying acting. I didn't get bored. I'd always loved the theater, but never thought I could do it until suddenly I got a part in "Hair." It was such a fluke it led me to think I could do it forever." (on how she first got into acting in college) See more »


Produced the musical albums for children "Inside Out" and "Rhythm In My Shoes" and also performs on the albums with her daughters Nora and Elizabeth. See more »

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