National Archives Hosts Valerie Harper for Special Public Program on April 16
Press Release · Friday, April 12, 2013

Washington, DC…On Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m., the National Archives will host actress, feminist, and humanitarian Valerie Harper in a discussion of her new book, I, Rhoda.

The program is free and open to the public and will take place in the William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Use the Special Events Entrance, located at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW. A book signing will follow the program.

The program will be webcast live on the National Archives UStream channel [].

The program is open to press coverage; please RSVP in advance to

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations are accepted. Free tickets will be distributed at the Special Events entrance to the first 250 people in line. You must be present to receive a ticket. Saving of seats is strictly prohibited. Theater doors will open at 6:15 p.m. Those not admitted can enter for the book signing at 8 p.m. While books will be available for purchase at the event, it is suggested that book signing attendees bring a book with them.

Valerie Harper's best-known role was Rhoda Morgenstern, Mary Richards's best friend on the iconic 1970s sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show. By the time Rhoda, her popular spin-off show, ended, she had won four Emmys and a Golden Globe Award. Both before and after her television success, Ms. Harper performed on Broadway. She recently won a Tony Award nomination for her role as Tallulah Bankhead, in the stage play, Looped.

On-screen, she represented a self-reliant new identity for women of the 1970s, while off-screen she fought alongside feminists Gloria Steinem and Bella Abzug for equal rights.

During the run of our current photographic exhibition, "Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project," the National Archives presents programs relating to events of the 1970s. The free exhibit is on display through September 8, 2013, in the Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC.

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For press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300.

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