Who remembers Rhoda Morgenstern?
On this day we celebrate Valerie Harpers Birthday, born on August 22nd 1939, in Suffern, New York.
She is best known for her roles as Rhoda Morgenstern in the 1970s television series The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off, Rhoda, and later as Valerie Hogan in Valerie. She is a four-time Primetime Emmy Award winner. Her notable film roles include Freebie and the Bean (1974), and Chapter Two (1979), both of which garnered her Golden Globe Award nominations.
Today’s YouTube presentation is the theme song from her show called Rhoda, shared by user name TV Gold;
She claims her parents were expecting a boy and after her arrival, her first and middle names derived from that year’s women’s doubles tennis champions, Valerie Scott and Kay Stammers.
She is of French, English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry. Harper claims to have based her future character Rhoda Morgenstern on her Italian stepmother, Angela Posillico.
She was raised Catholic, although at an early age she “quit” the church.
After doing slew of Broadway plays and acting in various sitcoms Harper became a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and ran for president in the 2001 election, losing to Melissa Gilbert for Little House on the Prairie.
Harper married actor Richard Schaal in 1964. They divorced in 1978. Harper later married Tony Cacciotti in 1987; the couple has a daughter by adoption.
In 2009, Harper was diagnosed with lung cancer. She announced on March 6, 2013, that tests from a January hospital stay revealed she has a rare condition in which cancer cells spread into the meninges, the membranes surrounding the brain.
She said her doctors had given her as little as three months’ life expectancy. Although the disease was reported to be incurable, her doctors said they were treating her with chemotherapy in an effort to slow its progress.
As remember Valerie Harper today in wishing her a Happy Birthday, in today’s days to remember.
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