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I, Rhoda: A Novel

I, Rhoda: A Novel

Written by Valerie Harper

Narrated by Valerie Harper


I, Rhoda: A Novel

Written by Valerie Harper

Narrated by Valerie Harper

ratings:
4/5 (3 ratings)
Length:
8 hours
Released:
Jan 15, 2013
ISBN:
9781442361942
Format:
Audiobook

Description

The heartwarming memoir from beloved, award-winning television actress Valerie Harper.

Valerie Harper is finally ready to tell her story. In this, her first memoir, the beloved and award-winning television actress reflects on the role that made her famous—Rhoda Morgenstern on the groundbreaking series The Mary Tyler Moore Show and on the spin-off show Rhoda—and the pressures of helming her own sitcom, Valerie.

From her childhood in New Jersey and upstate New York to the beginnings of her acting career as a dancer and chorus girl on Broadway—performing alongside stars like Lucille Ball and Jackie Gleason—to her recent battle with lung cancer, Valerie shares the story of her life, both the highs and the lows, in this heartwarming memoir, filled with charming anecdotes about Betty, Lucy, and Mary, to name a few.

A Simon & Schuster audio production.

Released:
Jan 15, 2013
ISBN:
9781442361942
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

Valerie Harper played the memorable Rhoda Morgenstern first on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and then on her own spin-off series, Rhoda, for nine years. During that time she won four Emmys, a Golden Globe, Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year Award, and the Hollywood Women's Press Club "Golden Apple" Award. She lives in Beverly Hills.

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  • (4/5)
    In January 2000, I was in the middle of overseeing a very busy electronic junket schedule for ABC TV programming at the Winter Press Tour, which included interviews for the upcoming television reunion movie, Mary & Rhoda, when Valerie Harper expressed her concern for my inability to stop and have something to eat for lunch. She fussed over me for several minutes instead of concerning herself with the press interviews she was in the middle of doing for the promotion of the movie which revisited her most famous character, Rhoda Morgenstern, reuniting with her friend, Mary Richards. It was this same voice of concern and idealistic optimism that I recognized while reading this touching and positive memoir. This is not a gossipy tell-all, but rather a celebratory relating of a positive life and career with a lot of appreciation for the friends who supported her along the way. Enjoyable and easy to read.
  • (3/5)
    I love celebrity biographies and autobiographies because I love getting the inside scoop and dirt of what really goes on in the entertainment world. Although I have ,of course, seen Valerie Harper on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda, I chose this book because I primarily wanted the details of when she was fired from her sitcom Valerie (that show is more of my time than MTM.) I was disappointed that this period of her life was glossed over and not much detail was given at all. That was actually a running theme with this book. Valerie told her story as mostly a timeline of her life, without going into too much detail on any event. She did drop plenty of names, which is GREAT with me, but she didn’t really have much to say about any of those names except that they were great, amazing, beautiful, etc.That was another thing that bothered me. She talks about her work with the feminist movement and the ERA but at the same time she is very focused on her own appearance and the appearance of other women. Usually positive in the case of other women and negative about herself. That seemed contradictory to me.One last criticism. Valerie narrated the audio book herself and I thought she spoke too slowly and overemphasized too many of the words. I did enjoy the various accents that she used when imitating people though.Even though I had some issues with this book, I still enjoyed it for the most part and I’m glad I read it. I had no idea that Valerie started as a dancer or that she had an active career after Valerie that included being nominated for a Tony Award. There is no mention of her recent brain cancer diagnosis but I was surprised that she survived a bout with lung cancer a few years ago. Valerie Harper seems like a positive person and I wish her all the best in her remaining days, weeks or hopefully, years.