The Valerie Harper Interview
Gary Barg: I have to tell you,
Valerie, I read the book, I, Rhoda, and couldn’t put it down. Some of my
favorite interviews that I’ve done for the magazine were mentioned in
your book – Ed Asner, Betty White, Gerald McRaney, and Delta Burke –
they were fun.
Valerie Harper: Oh, my God, what
a couple. They’re wonderful. And I had a front row seat for that
romance; it was lovely. Mac and I would take Delta up to Vancouver on a
Sunday night to shoot the movie. We’d meet on the set the next day and
then, Friday night, we’d rush to the plane to get me back to my newly
adopted daughter, my brother and my mom, who was dealing with lung
cancer. And he was rushing back to see his darling – inamorata, is it?
The person you’re engaged to, in Italian [laugh].
Gary Barg: Like many family
caregivers, when your mom took ill with lung cancer in the 80s, you
brought her home and you nursed her.
Valerie Harper: Yes; she was
living in San Francisco. She lived there as long as she could in a
little apartment and, finally, it came time that she needed to move in
with me. I went up and got her and closed her apartment. I brought her
down and into the house and she was doing fine. She did not need nursing care
at that time. You know, it was great to be around her and let my newly adopted
little girl get to know her. So it was more of Grandma coming and moving in to
live rather than a care situation ...more