Valerie Harper Biography

Updated On Feb 20, 2019 Published On Oct 24, 2015
Facts of Valerie Harper
Date of Birth: 1939 , August-22
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 6 Inch
Name Valerie Harper
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Primetime Emmy Awards winner Valerie Harper is a renowned actress from the United States who is most popular in the world for portraying her role in the television series, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She is also the former dancer.

Valerie Harper's early life

Valerie Harper was from the middle-class family born as Valerie Kathryn Harper in Suffern, New York, United States of America to Iva McConnell and Howard Donald Harper. She is an American and is of white ethnicity.

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Valerie Harper was interested in performing arts since her childhood days. While she was young she was a great dancer. She has also attended Lincoln High School, and later graduated from Young Professionals School.

Valerie Harper's career

Valerie Harper began her professional career as a dancer on Broadway. She played her first acting role in 1956 and that was from the movie, Rock Rock Rock!.

She has also acted in the series like Drop Dead Diva and Desperate Housewives, starring Felicity HuffmanEva Longoria, and James Denton.

Valerie Harper's personal life

In 1965, Valerie Harper got married to Richard Schaal. Richard Schaal is a famous actor from the United States. They didn't have any child from this married life. They dissolved this married life on 29th of January, 1978.

After Valerie Harper's first married life came to an end after being married for almost one and half decade, she went on a depression.

Valerie Harper remained single for almost a decade and then she got married to actor, Tony Cacciotti on 8th of April, 1987. She has a child with him. They are still together.

Valerie Harper's net worth

In 1970, for her role in Mary Tyler Moore, she earned the salary of $700 per episode. Her net worth is rumored to be around $12 million dollars.

Valerie Harper purchased a house in Santa Monic California in the year 1996 at the price of $765,000, which is also part of her present net worth.

 

Valerie Harper facts on timeline

Born in Suffern, New York

August 22 , 1939

Valerie Harper was from the middle class family born as Valerie Kathryn Harper in Suffern, New York, United States of America to Iva McConnell and Howard Donald Harper. She is an American and is of white ethnicity.

Began her acting career

1956

Valerie Harper was interested in performing arts since her childhood days. While she was young she was a great dancer and she also began her professional career as a dancer on Broadway. She played her first acting role in 1956 and that was from the movie, Rock Rock Rock!.

Rose to prominence

1970

It was from a long time ago when she made her acting appearances. First Valerie Harper began her career as a dancer and then she began her acting career in 1956. In 1970, she appeared in the television series, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and from that time on she became popular as an actress. 

Married to Richard Schaal

1964

Valerie Harper got married for the first time in her life in 1964 and that was with Richard Schaal. Richard Schaal is the famous actor from United States. He is also known for his role in the television series, The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Divorced with Richard Schaal

January 29 , 1978

Her one and half decade of happy married life finally came to an end in 1978. Valerie Harper also wrote several screen writings with him. They didn't have any child from this married life. They dissolved this married life on 29th of January, 1978.

Married to Tony Cacciotti

April 8 , 1987

Valerie Harper remained single for almost a decade after she divorced with her first husband. On 8th of April, 198, she got married for the second time in her life and that was with Tony Cacciotti. Tony Cacciotti is also an actor. 

Adopted a child

1990

It seems like Valerie Harper has a problem within her. She was not able to give birth from the second married life too but she was fascinated by baby child very much so, she and her husband decided to adopt a child and they adopted a sweet little baby girl named Cristina Harper. She is now an actress. 

Won Golden Globes, USA

1975

Golden Globes, USA is one of the prestigious awards in the acting world and everyone really fells honored if they win this award for the first time in their life. Valerie Harper has also been honored with this award once in her life and that was in 1975 for Best TV Actress. 

Won Primetime Emmy Awards

1971

Valerie Harper got her first nomination in Primetime Emmy Awards in 1971 and that was for Outstanding Performance by an Actress. She was able to win this award that year. She also won this award in 1972 and that year she also won this award from the same category. 

Won TV Land Awards

2003

For portraying her role in the Rhoda, Valerie Harper got her first nomination in TV Land Awards in 2003. That year she was nominated for Hippest Fashion Plate - Female. She was not honored with this award that year. She won this award the following year. 

Won Online Film & Television Association

2007

Valerie Harper has been nominated in lots of prestigious awards and she has also won some of them. In 2007, she got her first and only nomination in Online Film & Television Association. She won this award the same time for Actors and Actresses.

Diagnosed with lung cancer

2009

Valerie Harper got a big blow in her life in 2009 and that was she was diagnosed with the lung cancer. She went on several medications from that time on. In 2013, she also revealed that she was diagnosed with rare condition called leptomeningeal carcinomatosis.