One of TV’s most beloved sidekicks has died. Valerie Harper, best known for playing Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, died Friday in Los Angeles. She was 80.
As the blunt, self-deprecating Rhoda, Harper created one of the most beloved sitcom characters of the 1970s. The Mary Tyler Moore Show was a ratings powerhouse, centered on best friends Rhoda and Mary Richards, two single women making their way through life, love and career.
Rhoda was the perfect foil for the buttoned-up Mary, played by Mary Tyler Moore. “Rhoda had this wonderful quality of saying the unsayable,” Harper told NPR in 2010. She would say things “that Mary Richards would not say because she’s too much of a lady or, you know, it’s not polite. Rhoda, the New Yorker from the Bronx, would just say it straight out.”
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