Harper won four Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe playing Rhoda Morgenstern on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and its subsequent spin-off "Rhoda".
Valerie was nominated for a Tony Award in 2010 for Looped. Her other Broadway credits include The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Ovid's Metamorphoses, Paul Sills' Story Theatre, Something Different, Subways Are for Sleeping, Wildcat and Take Me Along. Her Off-Broadway outings include Death Defying Acts and All Under Heaven. Harper also starred in the National Tour and the film version of Golda's Balcony.