Saturday, June 15, 2024

Prayers for Valerie Harper, Emmy winner, Tony Nominee and Great Lady


It’s like a punch to the gut this morning: People magazine reports that Valerie Harper has terminal brain cancer. The multiple Emmy winner for “Rhoda,” Tony nominee for “Looped,” and great lady and friend to so many, seems too full of life to have it taken away. Still, her attitude in People is bright. Valerie has been a mover and shaker in the Screen Actors Guild, a tireless advocate for causes she believes in, and an all around champion. When she was fired from her own TV show, “Valerie,” by crazy producers, she fought back, sued them, and won. A versatile stage actress from Paul Sills’ “StoryTheater” in the late 60s, Valerie made the one of the most indelible impressions in cultural history as Rhoda Morgenstern. It’s a role she can’t shake, but who would want to? Rhoda was an iconic character that still–watch her now on DVD– steals the show. She tells like it is, just like Valerie. I know everyone will send prayers to Valerie, Tony, and their daughter Christina.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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