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RIP Valerie Harper

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Regan MacNeil, Aug 30, 2019.

  1. Regan MacNeil

    Regan MacNeil Well-Known Member

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  2. Webster

    Webster Well-Known Member

    I watched a lot of Rhoda as it was on syndication during my latchkey child days. Super smart and funny show. The divorce with Joe was devastating.
  3. swingline

    swingline Well-Known Member

    As a younger woman, she was stunning.
  4. britwrit

    britwrit Well-Known Member

    This sort of thing is unfortunately inevitable but I can't imagine a world without her and Mary Tyler Moore in it. Not as central figures, of course, but as people who would always be a living part of the cultural landscape.
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  5. matt_garth

    matt_garth Active Member

    This one got me.

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  6. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    She was in "Blame it on Rio." Not that anyone noticed, considering the spectacular scenery in that show.
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  7. WriteThinking

    WriteThinking Well-Known Member

    I somehow thought she had already died, a while ago.

    I didn't watch Rhoda, and remember her more in the show she starred in with Jason Bateman when the latter was a kid, in the late '80s and early '90s. It was on for several seasons and went by a couple different titles -- "Valerie," "Valerie's Family" and "The Hogan Family."
  8. flexmaster33

    flexmaster33 Well-Known Member

    The Mary Tyler Moore Show is classic and ground breaking, but the early seasons with Valerie Harper as Rhoda are the best right from the pilot episode.
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  9. jr/shotglass

    jr/shotglass Well-Known Member

    Even as a comedy, Rhoda broke some dramatic ground with the play-by-play of a marriage falling apart. Rhoda and Joe Gerard were a popular TV couple, and it shook a lot of viewers back then to see the cracks appearing, then deepening, in the marriage. She played it quite well, as did David Groh.

    Harper was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009 and fought the good fight for nearly a decade. A ballsy lady who will be missed.
  10. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

  11. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Wasn't it "The Hogan Family" after she walked away from the show over a salary dispute? I vaguely remember that being quite the mess. And Sandy Duncan was no Valerie Harper.
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  12. Regan MacNeil

    Regan MacNeil Well-Known Member

    It didn’t get called The Hogan Family until she left after the second season.
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