Date of Birth: 22 August 1940
Valerie Harper biography:
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 Suffren, 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)_ (qv) and _"Rhoda" (1974)_ (qv), in which 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 the eternity of re-runs, Harper has been active on stage and in movies. Her feature films include _Chapter Two (1979)_ (qv), _Freebie and the Bean (1974)_ (qv) and _The Last Married Couple in America (1980)_ (qv). In television she has starred on all three networks in movies of the week, including _Farrell for the People (1982) (TV)_ (qv) (NBC), _Don't Go to Sleep (1982) (TV)_ (qv) (ABC) and _An Invasion of Privacy (1983) (TV)_ (qv) (CBS). A strong supporter of women's rights, Harper is preparing a film with 'Tony Cacciotti' (qv) -- her partner in TAL Productions -- on the subject of domestic violence, based on a true story.