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A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Valerie Harper, left, as Rhoda with Mary Tyler Moore in the television series The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images

How Valerie Harper’s Rhoda embodied a very Jewish type

Andrew Silow-Carroll September 3, 2019

(JTA) — Theater folk in England are debating a recent revival of the musical “Falsettos,” asking whether non-Jews should be playing its Jewish characters. In an open letter, critics of the religion-blind casting complain that non-Jewish actors can...

Actress Valerie Harper, when she was “Rhoda,” in the early 1970s.

What would Rhoda do?

By Ellen Futterman, Editor March 13, 2013

Most people have guiding principles. One of mine has always been: What would Rhoda Morgenstern do?Rhoda has been on my mind a lot the last week after the actress who so indelibly portrayed her, Valerie Harper, announced she has inoperable brain cancer...

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