Harper, Valerie

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Harper, Valerie Gender: F
Valerie Cathryn Harper
born on 22 August 1939 at 04:30 (= 04:30 AM )
Place Suffern, New York, 41n07, 74w09
Timezone EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 28°21' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 03°54 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 07°33'

Valerie Harper
photo: * photograph: Maggie from Palm Springs, United States * deri, license cc-by-2.0


American actress who became widely popular as the man-hungry worrywart, Rhoda Morgenstern, on the popular Mary Tyler Moore Show for four years (1970-1974). She continued the same character married to a nice Jewish boy in her spin-off role in Rhoda (1974-1978). For her work on Mary Tyler Moore, she thrice received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, and later received the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Rhoda.

Harper started as a dancer at New York Radio City Music Hall, moving on to stock productions and musicals. Following her two popular series, she concentrated on changing her image, making a pilot that fizzled in 1982 and starring in the family sitcom Valerie (1986-1987). In 1995 her series, The Office, had a short run.

Her film appearances include roles in Freebie and the Bean (1974) and Chapter Two (1979), both of which garnered her Golden Globe Award nominations. Harper returned to stage work in her later career, appearing in several Broadway productions. In 2010, she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance as Tallulah Bankhead in the play Looped.

In 2001, she released her autobiography, Today I am a Ma'am. Harper ran against Melissa Gilbert for president of the Screen Actor's Guild, a contest that Gilbert won with such a narrow margin and "too many inconsistencies" that a rerun was called for by the guild committee on 7 January 2002.

Harper's first marriage was to Richard Schaal, 1964-1979, and her second marriage was to Tony Cacciotti, 1983, with one adopted daughter, Cristina Cacciotti. Involved in the civic drive against hunger, she rolled up her sleeves to do volunteer work in the Los Angeles, California soup kitchen projects.

In 2009, Harper was diagnosed with lung cancer. Tests from a 2013 January hospital stay revealed she had leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare condition in which cancer cells spread into the meninges, the membranes surrounding the brain. She was treated with chemotherapy. In 2016, Harper continued battling cancer with treatment.

Valerie Harper died at 10:06 AM on 30 August 2019 in Los Angeles, eight days after her 80th birthday.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Entertainment: Rhoda (born 9 September 1974). Notes: Played Rhoda Morgenstern Gerard, 1974-1978
  • associate relationship with Weaver, Dennis (born 4 June 1924). Notes: Co-founded L.I.F.E charity, 1983
  • business associate/partner relationship with Asner, Ed (born 15 November 1929). Notes: Co-stars on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
  • business associate/partner relationship with Bateman, Jason (born 14 January 1969). Notes: Co-stars on "Valerie"
  • business associate/partner relationship with Kavner, Julie (born 7 September 1950). Notes: Co-stars on "Rhoda"
  • business associate/partner relationship with Knight, Ted (born 7 December 1923). Notes: Co-stars on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
  • business associate/partner relationship with Leachman, Cloris (born 30 April 1926). Notes: Co-stars on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
  • business associate/partner relationship with MacLeod, Gavin (born 28 February 1931). Notes: Co-stars on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
  • business associate/partner relationship with Moore, Mary Tyler (born 29 December 1936). Notes: Co-stars on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
  • business associate/partner relationship with Walker, Nancy (born 10 May 1922). Notes: Co-stars on "Rhoda"
  • business associate/partner relationship with White, Betty (born 17 January 1922). Notes: Co-stars on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
  • role played of/by Bankhead, Tallulah (born 31 January 1902). Notes: 2008-2010 play "Looped"
  • role played of/by Meir, Golda (born 2 May 1898 Jul.Cal. (14 May 1898 greg.)). Notes: 2005-2006 play "Golda's Balcony"


  • Relationship : Marriage 1964 (15 year first marriage, Richard Schaal)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 19 September 1970 (Debut broadcast of TV series "The Mary Tyler Moore Show")
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 9 September 1974 (Debut broadcast of TV series "Rhoda")
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1983 (Daughter born by second husband)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1 March 1986 (Debut broadcast of TV series "Valerie")
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 2001 (Autobiography, "Today I am a Ma'am")
  • Health : Medical diagnosis 2009 (Lung cancer)
  • Health : Medical diagnosis January 2013 (Leptomeningeal carcinomatosis)
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  • Death by Disease 30 August 2019 at 10:06 AM in Los Angeles (Cancer, age 80)
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Source Notes

LMR quotes birth certificate from a trusted colleague.

Time of death from Harper's daughter Cristina Cacciotti on Twitter, 30 August 2019, quoting her father, Anthony Cacciotti, "My dad has asked me to pass on this message: 'My beautiful caring wife of nearly 40 years has passed away at 10:06am, after years of fighting cancer. She will never, ever be forgotten. Rest In Peace, mia Valeria. -Anthony'" [1].


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Lung, brain)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (First marriage)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (One)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One daughter)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Lung, brain cancer)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 80)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (TV, film, stage)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV series/ Soap star ("Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Rhoda," "Valerie")
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Voice-Over
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ social (Works in soup kitchens)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer ("Today I am a Ma'am")
  • Notable : Awards : Emmy (Four)
  • Notable : Awards : Tony (Nominated)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Golden Globe Award)
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Co-founded L.I.F.E)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women