Valerie Harper was best remembered for her roles in movies like Rhoda and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She gained her spotlight for her part as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and in the late 1970s, that character was a spin-off to her sitcom Rhoda.
Valeria Harper’s career was spent on making people laugh, which eventually led her from the stage to television and feature films. Initially, her career was initiated as a dancer with the corps de ballet at Radio City Hall during its spectacular heyday.
Lately, the brokers of pop culture artifacts decided to put four statuettes awarded to the late Valerie Harper up for bid at their “Holly: Legends and Explorers” event. Subsequently, Harper earned the supporting role award as an actress under the category of Outstanding performances in a comedy genre for a straight three years for her role in Rhoda then later she won the outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for its spinoff Rhoda. It was reported that at the time of her death, Valerie Harper’s net worth and salary is approximately 1million dollars.
Quick facts about late Valerie Harper
- Famously known as an American actress.
- Earned her limelight as she was best recognized for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show(1970-1977) and its spinoff Rhoda(1974-1978).
- She was born on 22nd August 1939 and died on August 30, 2019.
- Daughter of Iva Mildred and Howard Donald Harper.
- She was first married to Richard Schaal and secondly got wedded to Tony Cacciotti.
- She debuted in the musical movie Take me along in 1959 as a dancer on Broadway.
- Net worth: is estimated at around 1 million dollars.
- Nationality: The United States of America.
How did she begin her career after she called herself the “sufferer”?
From the role of a broadway dancer, television actress, stage actress, film actor, and writer, she gave rise to her career.
Apart from her job as acting in films and TV series, Valeriealso did a few Broadway fame including her performances in The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Ovid’s metamorphoses, Paul Sills Story theatre, Something Different, Wildcat, Take Me Along and so on.
Her stardom came with television work, including four Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe for her work in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda. After a little rest from television, she was an active actress on stage and in movies.
Valerie Harper’s feature movies include starting from her popular movie Freebie and The Bean in 1974, Chapter Two in 1979, The Last Married Couple in American(1980), and to the movie Blame It On Rio in 1984. Her last movie was Stars in shorts: No ordinary Love in 2016 and the last television series was Children’s Hospital by the year 2016.
She was popularly recognized for The Mary Tyler Moore Show as Rhoda Morgenstern, in its a spinoff too, Bean’s wife in Freebie and the Bean Consuelo, and her role in My Mom and the Girl Norma.
Childhood and Upbringing of Valerie Harper
Valerie Kathryn Harper was born on 22nd August 1939 in Suffern New York to Howard Donald Harper and Iva Mildred Nee McConnell.
Harper was the second of her parents’ three kids. Her mother’s profession was a nurse. Meanwhile, her father was a lighting salesman, due to her dad’s career she spent most of her childhood in several places starting from South Orange, Pasadena, Monroe, Ashland, and finally to Jersey City.
She completed her schooling at Lincoln High School in Jersey City. And graduated from the Young Professional School in New York City by finishing off the ballet studies.
Harper got married to actor Richard Schaal in 1964, later the couple got separated in January 1978. On 8th April of 1987, she got married again to a producer and actor Tony Cacciotti. Eventually, the couple adopted a daughter named Cristina.
In 2006, Harper was diagnosed with lung cancer, a rare condition in which cancer cells spread into the meninges, although the doctors gave her only three months to live. Unfortunately, Harper aged 80, after fighting 13 years against cancer, left us on 30th August 2019.