Hollywood Pays Tribute to Valerie Harper
William Shatner, Topher Grace and 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' co-star Ed Asner were among Hollywood figures who remembered the woman who played wisecracking Rhoda Morgenstern.
Mia Farrow and Cyndi Lauper, among other notable Hollywood figures, took to Twitter on Friday afternoon to remember Valerie Harper after news broke that the actress had died earlier in the day following a courageous battle with cancer.
Harper, who collected four Emmy Awards and one Golden Globe for playing brash New Yorker Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and then on her own spinoff series, Rhoda, died Friday morning, her family told KABC-TV entertainment reporter George Pennacchio.
Across a career that spanned nearly six decades, Harper's film credits include Li’l Abner (1959), Freebie and the Bean (1974), The Last Married Couple in America (1980) and Blame It on Rio (1984). She reunited with Moore for the ABC telefilm Mary and Rhoda (2000) and appeared on Desperate Housewives. More recently, Harper had guest appearances on 2 Broke Girls, Melissa & Joey and Hot in Cleveland.
Mia Farrow paid tribute on social media, writing, "Thank you brilliant Valerie- you gave us so much!! RIP Valerie Harper."
Cyndi Lauper wrote of the late actress on Twitter, "Valerie Harper was always the most gracious and the kindest actor on set. She will be missed. Rest In Peace."
Ed Asner, who also co-starred on The Mary Tyler Moore Show as Lou Grant, shared on his social media, "Her brilliance burst through and shined its light upon all of us. Goodnight beautiful. I’ll see you soon."
SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris remembered Harper, who was a former board member, telling The Hollywood Reporter in a statement, "Valerie Harper was a wonderful actor who made us laugh and cry and laugh again. She cared very much about the membership and we appreciate her service to the union. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family and friends. May she rest in peace."
Read those tributes and others, below.
A beautiful woman, a wonderful actress, a great friend and with balls bigger than mine. Her brilliance burst through and shined its light upon all of us. Goodnight beautiful. I’ll see you soon. pic.twitter.com/FicADkSAzS— Ed Asner (@TheOnlyEdAsner) August 30, 2019
Thank you brilliant Valerie- you gave us so much!! RIP Valerie Harper pic.twitter.com/URF0SuzCux— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) August 30, 2019
Rhoda Morgenstern -- ambitious career woman, funny & artsy Jewish New Yorker, Mary's BFF -- was so relatable to me that I wore a scarf like hers all thru 7th grade.— Julie Cohen (@FilmmakerJulie) August 30, 2019
RIP Valerie Harper. pic.twitter.com/D01PD9mpxI
Condolences to the family of Valerie Harper. Going to miss you Rhoda Morgenstern!— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) August 30, 2019
The SAG Awards mourns the loss of the iconic Valerie Harper. Our thoughts go out to her fans and loved ones during this difficult time. https://t.co/WZyjRqap2q— SAG Awards® (@SAGawards) August 30, 2019
Valerie Harper, Star Of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” & “Rhoda,” Dead At 80. A precious remarkable human . RIP https://t.co/z9XXDBrhfy— Charlie Adler (@charlie_adler) August 30, 2019
I was so sad to hear that the amazing Valerie Harper passed away. “Aunt Paula” was as wonderful to work with as she was funny. My best to her family. pic.twitter.com/DuOom2478j— Topher Grace (@TopherGrace) August 30, 2019
One of our all-time favorites has passed. Wonderful, funny, lovely, supportive and a huge influence on and off stage, we love you, Valerie. https://t.co/SKrX7n4WYH— Phil Rosenthal (@PhilRosenthal) August 30, 2019
Even when she was down she danced and showed the world that she refused to let cancer beat her. Now Rhoda is with Mary in heaven. RIP Valerie Harper. You were the epitome of strength and humor. pic.twitter.com/CEGWl4hfhA— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) August 30, 2019
Valerie Harper passed away. She was a wonderful actress and brought me so much joy. She will be missed rip— Cyndi Lauper (@cyndilauper) August 30, 2019
Valerie Harper was always the most gracious and the kindest actor on set.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 30, 2019
She will be missed. Rest In Peace.
Certain people become a part of our lives—and a part of our families. #ValerieHarper was one of those precious few. She was part of an ensemble but always had a comedic spark all her own. We were lucky to have her. pic.twitter.com/3zLuB6Dt1i— Leonard Maltin (@leonardmaltin) August 30, 2019
Getting to share the screen with Valerie Harper on #2BrokeGirls was one of the highlights of my career so far. Not only was she hilarious on camera and off, I’ll never forget our talks off camera about love and life and the power of our minds and natural healing to overcome pic.twitter.com/RI4PQsEzpn— Beth Behrs (@BethBehrs) August 31, 2019
RIP to our funny, independent, Rhoda.... Valerie Harper. https://t.co/MH9sIHApmM— Viola Davis (@violadavis) August 31, 2019
#ValerieHarper was a #Broadway veteran, a 2010 #TonyAwards nominee, a @CBS star, and a beloved member of the theatre community. Rest in peace. #RIPValerieHarperhttps://t.co/LHsDeSRgws pic.twitter.com/bUCEr61QVE— The Tony Awards (@TheTonyAwards) August 30, 2019
Valerie Harper, one of a kind and one of the best. Thank you for the joy of your work and your dear heart. #RIPValerieHarper— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) August 31, 2019