Harper had a total of eight consecutive Emmy nominations for playing Rhoda — four on Mary Tyler Moore from 1971-74 and four for the spin-off from 1975-78, She also won a Golden Globe for Rhoda — the same year was was nominated for Most Promising Newcomer – Female for the film Freebie and the Bean.
Harper also starred for two seasons in the NBC sitcom Valerie, which continued to run as The Hogan Family after she left in 1987.
Writer/director Mike O’Malley remembered Harper fondly. “Valerie Harper was a wonderful actor,” O’Malley said. “She was, as so many comic actors are, so much more than just funny.