Valerie Kathryn Harper

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Known professionally as Valerie Harper and born (a Catholic) to a lighting salesman and a nurse in Suffern, New York, Valerie was the middle of three children.

She trained as a dancer and began her career in NYC as a chorus girl. She moved on to the comedy group Second City, where she met and married comedian Dick Schaal. They were married in 1964 and divorced in 1978.

In 1970, while living in Los Angeles. she auditioned for the role of "Rhoda" on the Mary Tyler Moore Show - and starred on the show for 4 years. Her spin-off from the Mary Tyler Moore Show, "Rhoda", was on tv for another 4 years, making her a fixture on 1970s tv.

A popular actress and comedian, she appeared in numerous television shows, movies, and theater productions and was nominated for Emmys (won 4), Golden Globes (won 1), and a Tony . She was also an activist for the E.R.A. and the Women's Liberation Movement and co-founded a charity that feeds the needy in L.A.

In 2009, she was diagnosed with lung cancer and in 2013, with brain cancer, both of which she courageously fought for several years.

On August 30, 2019, Valerie succumbed to her illnesses at age 80. She was survived by her husband, Tony Cacciotti, her husband since 1987, and their (adopted) daughter, actress Cristina Cacciotti.
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Ancient Faces
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RIP Rhoda. Actress Valerie Harper died today at age 80.
Aug 30, 2019 · Reply
Ipc Carrol
She was really beautiful, Moore was a diva and always kept Valerie under par to what she could really achieve.
Aug 30, 2019 · Reply
Suzanne Revero
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R.I.P.
Aug 30, 2019 · Reply
Diane Hebert
Rst in peace Valerie. We will miss you.
Aug 30, 2019 · Reply
Lynn E. White
Beautiful gal! Enjoyed her on TV so much!
Aug 30, 2019 · Reply
Yanna D'aiello
Rest peacefully Valerie Harper. You will be sorely missed.
Aug 30, 2019 · Reply
Theresa Faber Williams
So sorry lovely lady , you will be missed ! Rip โ™ฅ
Aug 30, 2019 · Reply
Stella Urquhart
So sorry for her family. Great actress. R.I.P !!!
Aug 30, 2019 · Reply
Gavrilo Rabrenovic
And fighter you were!!!
Aug 30, 2019 · Reply
Lori Norton Lawson
๐Ÿ˜ข
Aug 30, 2019 · Reply
Allison Keys
Vale Valerie Harper ! .... R. I. P. ๐ŸŒน
Aug 30, 2019 · Reply
Gisele Smith
Rip
Aug 30, 2019 · Reply
Lena Boyd
Goodbye,๐Ÿ˜ข, will miss you..
Aug 30, 2019 · Reply
Esther Evans
I thought she was beautiful....and so funny....RIP Valerie....
Aug 30, 2019 · Reply
Plain? Far from it!
Aug 30, 2019 · Reply
Maureen Freeson
Iremember her so well,the whole show.Blessings on her,Mo
Aug 30, 2019 · Reply
Bob Gaines
She was never anyone's "plain" friend. She was a gorgeous lady! We will miss you, Val.
Aug 30, 2019 · Reply
Wanda Wagner Hanson
She was such a great actress and so fun to watch!
Aug 30, 2019 · Reply
Bill Stone
R.I.p.
Aug 30, 2019 · Reply
Nena Pajger von Bogen
RIP Valwrie!
Aug 30, 2019 · Reply
Cindy McDonald Canty
Loved to watch her!! So funny!!! RIP Valerie ๐Ÿ’•
Aug 30, 2019 · Reply
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Q.D.D.G.
Aug 30, 2019 · Reply
Angela Cole
This is Carlton your doorman.
Aug 30, 2019 · Reply
Toni Debord
Great show! Rhoda! Her sister Brenda on that show is the voice of Marge Simpson & her 2 sisters, lol.
Sep 01, 2019 ·
Angela Cole
Toni Debord Julie
Sep 02, 2019 ·
Toni Debord
She's great.. ๐Ÿ˜Š
Sep 02, 2019 ·
Gillian Barr
So sad.....condolences to her family xx
Aug 30, 2019 · Reply
Virginia Pyle
Rest in peace,our precious Valerie! Prayers and love to your sweet family! Thank you for all the smiles you gave to us through the years!
Aug 31, 2019 · Reply
Brenda Sue Wilson
Rip
Aug 31, 2019 · Reply
Breda J Bergin
Rip ...๐Ÿ˜ž remember watching her as a young child with both my parents ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
Aug 31, 2019 · Reply
Paula Costa
May she R.I.P.
Aug 31, 2019 · Reply
Louise Castro
Oh lawd how sad โ˜น๏ธ
Aug 31, 2019 · Reply
Amri Telesha Plisko
RIP courageous and funny lady! Thanks for all the laughs and being so transparent about your battle with brain cancer.
Sep 01, 2019 · Reply
Toni Debord
Loved her outfits! She was so funny & pretty.
Sep 01, 2019 · Reply
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