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I, Rhoda

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As Mary Richards’s lovable and self-deprecating best friend Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Valerie Harper, too, turned the world on with her smile. Viewers could relate to Rhoda, native New Yorker and struggling working girl, who was unlucky in love and insecure about her weight but who always kept her sense of humor.

Valerie was an unknown actre...more
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Published January 15th 2013 by Gallery Books (first published January 15th 2012)
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Ryan Field
I didn't hear about the bio I, Rhoda by Valerie Harper through friends or articles or ads anywhere. I actually happened to pass The Jeff Probst talk show one night in January while surfing through channels and saw Jeff interviewing Valerie Harper. It was the first interview I'd seen Harper give in a long time and I was amazed at how young she looked. I was also amazed at how well the interview went and I've become a fan of Jeff Probst's show as a result.

I hadn't planned on reading anymore bios,...more
Kate Woods Walker
Make no mistake, I once wanted to be Valerie Harper's most famous character, Rhoda Morgenstern. The Mary Richards character of The Mary Tyler Moore Show was supposed to be the go-to role model for those of us who came of age in the 1970s, but I preferred the snap and crackle of the be-scarfed and wisecracking upstairs neighbor. I wanted her job, too. Window dresser! How creative, how off-the-wall, and how unlike the comparatively boring newsroom I eventually wound up in.

So I couldn't wait to dig...more
ARe Cafe
Kat's ARe Cafe staff pick for the week of 3/10/13.

Kat says: “Growing up, I loved the original MTM show and Rhoda, and I looked forward to this. It is a fairly quick read, and Valerie is quite complimentary of co-stars past and present. It seems, with the exception of a much-publicized ousting from her eponymous sitcom, she hasn’t had many career disappointments. I’ve always considered myself more of a “Rhoda” than a “Mary,” and I believe that’s a good thing.

I do wish, though, there had been some...more
Nikki
I don't ever read celebrity biographies. I figure they're mostly name-dropping in some pleasant way combined with one or two bland anecdotes about different aspects of the person's career. But when I was a kid the ONLY character on tv that I identified with was Rhoda. I knew I was supposed to admire Mary, but Rhoda seemed so much more ME. So when I saw this in the library, I had to take it out.

It is as mediocre as you would think. Unless you are keeping a great diary, the average person is never...more
Mediaman
What a major disappointment this book is--there's nothing to it other than a woman name-dropping her childhood friends (maybe to sell more copies of the book?), skipping through her career with little depth or insight, and, worst of all, preaching her political views to a captive audience wanting to know what's really going on inside her. And she does it all with happiness and joy, ignoring the fact that she once had one of the worst reputations in the TV business.

The Rhoda series, after a firs...more
Patricia
In a word: boring.
Harper managed to write an autobiography which is almost devoid of any personal information. She shares only the basic facts, where she worked and who she worked with. She doesn't tell any interesting little anecdotes or divulge any secrets.
According to her, her entire life was amazing, she loved everyone and everyone loved her.
She drops lots of names, but then that's it, the name dropping isn't followed by any stories about that person or what she really thought of them, apart...more
Kerry Reis
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 revisit...more
Lori
I am a fan of Valerie Harper. Liked her ever since she was "Rhoda" on the Mary Tyler Moore show. Ms. Harper has written a "nice" memoir. meaning she keeps it scandal free. no bad mouthing here. she keeps her memories good or bad, written in a decent non catty way.found this book a good read. Valerie shares her memories about being on the Mary Tyler Moore show. only having good memories and fond things to say about her co-stars.same thing for when she went on to star in her on show Rhoda.
even in...more
April
I was already a big fan of Valerie's. I wore scarves and I dressed just like "Rhoda" throughout high school. People had no idea where my style came from. I definitely stood out in a crowd, dressed like I jumped out of the 1970s and into the 1990s! (:
I think Valerie did an excellent job. Her book is well written and a very smooth read for any fan. She's just as witty as the character she created over 40 years ago. I learned a lot about her, things I never knew. Her modesty and humbleness will onl...more
David Cerda
So, how can you bad mouth Rhoda? I got this as a gift when I was ill and was surprised that her autobiography made Annette Funicello's seem positively devilish. Looking on the bright side is one thing but why bother writing a book when it could have easily been a series in Readers Digest? Again, I love me some Valerie Harper, just disappointed in the book.
Thom
Val shares her life story and her journey in show business. Who would have thought that one of television's best loved actresses started her career as a Broadway dancer and chorus kid? Val's novel is very positive and her outlook on life has clearly helped her through tough times. A lovely read.
Herb
Wonderfully entertaining and informative account of the life of TV's Rhoda. After reading this, I feel that I would like her very much. I recommend this highly.
Sue Seligman
Feb 03, 2013 Sue Seligman rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women who are fans of her work
This is a very interesing memoir by Valerie Harper, an actress who made her mark on Broadway, in the movies, and on TV. She is most widely known for her portrayal as Mary Tyler Moore's best friend, Rhoda Morgenstern on the grounde breaking TV show of the 1970s. This book chronicles her life and her experiences in the entertainment world. I enjoyed reading about Valerie's experiences and her friendships with the well known performers of stage, screen, and TV. The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and later,...more
Keith Cornell
I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about Valerie Harper and her career. This book is a great quick read and Valerie details her road to becoming Rhoda Morgenstern. The book is full of stories of family, friends and the love she has for them all. She goes into her cancer scare and treatments for overcoming this illness. Only after the book was released did the world learn of her new challenge with the disease.

You will enjoy her warmhearted stories of her TV family and her real life family. You w...more
Philip Andrea
I enjoyed this and found her life story very interesting. I always like a woman who is political, outspoken and funny. In fact, I had no idea she was so political, which may be because I am in the UK and she is far less known here. Unless it is positive, she does not really tell you what (named) people are like. She may allude to bad incidents, but does not get personal about those involved in them. I can't deny, it may have had a little more edge if she had.

But it was clearly a conscious decisi...more
Rachel
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 actuall...more
Bonni Sweet
It was a fast read, a cute book, I enjoyed it. She didn't really give out any bad information. Maybe her life was pretty straightforward. I always enjoyed her show growing up. When I used to watch The Mary Tyler Moore show is was Rhoda that I enjoyed the most. I loved that she wasn't "the thin normal girl". She had a noisy family, weight problems, dating didn't come easy. She seem normal. When she went through a divorce on her own show I believe it showed women that not everyone is perfect. I li...more
Richard
I have always been a fan of Valerie Harper, and reading her memoir has not dampened my feelings. It is a sheer delight. I only wish her the strength to face her recently announced battle with cancer. Her kindness and certainly her love of life shine through when reading her words. Brava Rhoda, and bravissima Ms. Harper.
Melanie Greene
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Harper is Rhoda Morgenstern from The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda. (Also shows I didn't really follow, though I did watch Valerie sometimes.) She delves a little more into her childhood (parents unhappy with each other but very supportive of her love of dancing and performing) before her acting journey takes off. Harper is a little more self-deprecating and humble than Jones, and her story is more inwardly focused. I had a lot more fun with this story -...more
Mayda
This memoir is a mixed bag. Some parts were really interesting while others could have been benefitted from some serious editing. If you’ve ever wandered about a family party, you know you can get snatches of stories that you find fascinating like when Granddad snuck out of the house unbeknownst to his parents, but when Great Aunt Harriet starts talking about when she was a kid taking piano lessons, you know it’s time to go to the kitchen to refresh your drink. This memoir was a little like that...more
Fergie
The Mary Tyler Moore Show is one of my favorite shows. It's one of those classic gems that I find myself returning to over and over again for laugh and comfort. While the entire nine year run of the show was consistently solid, I've always felt the first four were the strongest. Perhaps I'm partial, but I've always felt it was a direct result of one character (my favorite) -- Rhoda Morgenstern. Played by the adeptly talented Valerie Harper, it was no coincidence that that character went on to be...more
Martin
This is a really nice autobiography. She never talks poorly of anyone, even when recounting the "Valerie" debacle and court case. She presents it as a clash between her idea of how a sitcom works, based on her 9 wonderful years working with Jim Brooks and MTM productions, and the reality of working on an NBC sitcom in the 80s, which was a completely different economy, one which might have to bend to trends in teen heartthrobs and trade less in important issues. But I'm getting ahead of myself. T...more
David
good actress who was on one of the best shows I've ever seen (Mary Tyler Moore) in the '70's and had a long successful career in plays, TV movies, dance, etc. before and since.

On this reading she appears also to be a nice person -- says positive things about her first (now ex-) husband and everybody else as well, with the exception of unnamed execs at the production company from her short-lived eponymous spinoff series.

Unfortunately, there's not much of an edge to the book. People are as you m...more
paula
I too loved Rhoda when I was a kid. I liked her so much better than Mary, who I found to be too saintly and perfect. I haven't though, been able to see the show in syndication. I will never forget Rhoda's wedding, and remembering "Carlton, your doorman," still makes me smile.

I too read the book in one day, and while it was moderately interesting, I thought it was for one, too full of dropped names, and two, taking having a positive attitude WAY too far. Hers sounds like the most charmed of charm...more
Carin
I loved Rhoda Morgenstern when I was in my early 20s. Initially, I was drawn to Mary Richards, but eventually I came to identify less with Mary's perfect job, perfect hair, perfect boyfriends, and perfect apartment, and more with Rhoda's messy life, okay job, terrible boyfriends, tiny apartment, and weight worries. So I was eager to find out more about Valerie Harper, the actress who embodied her. I listened to this book on audio as Ms. Harper read it herself. It was a little sad that her "Rhoda...more
Debbie
As a longtime fan of Valerie Harper, I moved this book to the top of a stack of six that had been on hold for me at the library. I was excited to read her story, and for the most part she did not disappoint.

I thought I knew all about Ms. Harper's career, but was pleasantly surprised to discover that she had a great deal of experience and training dating back to her childhood. Reading about all of that - as well as her family, upbringing, marriages, and recent life - was interesting, as were her...more
Alyce Rocco
I, Rhoda is Valerie Harper's autobiography. For those who are unaware, Rhoda was Valerie's character on television's sitcom, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The character was so popular, Valerie got her own show named for her character: Rhoda.

It sounds like Valerie would have been labeled "hyperactive" as a child if the term had been en vogue in the 1940s. Valerie put that energy and need to be on the go to good use throughout her lifetime. Read the book to learn more about Harper's career which inv...more
Miriam
Valerie Harper, in this auto-biographical/memoir style book writes candidly and practically about her life -from when she was a little girl who loved to try new things, work hard, make friends... all the way through her career as a dancer, actress, her successes, obstacles... friendships, marriage, community and activism, her cancer diagnosis in 2009, and family stories. She sprinkles in compelling, touching and funny anecdotes, opinions, and points of view - always with honesty, realism and hum...more
Mike Mills
This was a straight forward and interesting read. No pretentiousness, no back stabbing, and no bad mouthing. Valerie Harper has always considered herself a working actress and not a "star", but along the way she became an icon for a generation, and will go down in television history for portraying one of its most beloved character.

I did not know what to expect before reading this. But she has great stories to tell, often very funny, some tragic. She was raised from a loving family, surrounded he...more
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