Jessica Harper

Jessica Harper

  • Highest Rated: 100% Love and Death (1975)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% The Blue Iguana (1988)
  • Birthday: Oct 10, 1949
  • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Birdlike, wide-eyed, brunette American actress Jessica Harper headed for New York after graduation from Sarah Lawrence college; her first professional gig was an understudy in the "tribal love rock musical" Hair. It would be one of the few major financial successes that Harper would ever be associated with. The actress is considered the uncrowned queen of "cult" films, among them such esoterica as Phantom of the Paradise (1974), Inserts (1977), and The Blue Iguana (1988), in which she played a female Castro! Even when selecting a "mainstream" role, Harper's choices have been somewhat offbeat: as Steve Martin's put-upon wife in Pennies from Heaven (1981), she has a musical number in which he imagines hacking her husband to death with a knife! Harper was at her most normal, and most appealing, in the nostalgic comedy My Favorite Year (1982), in which she played the girlfriend of "Mel Brooks-ish" comedy writer Mark Linn Baker. In Stardust Memories (1980), she was one of many stellar contributors to Woody Allen's impressionistic vision of fame. Offscreen, Jessica Harper is the wife of motion picture executive Thomas E. Rothman.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

66% Suspiria Anke 2018
No Score Yet Masterpiece Contemporary Pam 2008
90% Minority Report Anne $132.1M 2002
47% Me, Myself & Irene Actor $0.6M 2000
No Score Yet On the Edge of Innocence Alice Walker 1997
15% Boys Mrs. John Baker 1996
86% Safe Joyce 1995
52% Mr. Wonderful Funny Face 1993
No Score Yet Eat a Bowl of Tea Actor 1989
No Score Yet Big Man on Campus Dr. Fisk 1989
0% The Blue Iguana Cora 1988
No Score Yet The Imagemaker Cynthia 1986
No Score Yet Il Mondo dell'orrore di Dario Argento (Dario Argento's World of Horror) Actor 1985
96% My Favorite Year K.C. Downing 1982
85% Pennies From Heaven Joan 1981
57% Shock Treatment Brad 1981
68% Stardust Memories Daisy 1980
No Score Yet The Evictors Ruth Watkins 1979
93% Suspiria Suzy Bannion 1977
100% Love and Death Natasha Petrovna 1975
78% Inserts Cayhy Cake 1975
91% Phantom of the Paradise Phoenix 1974
100% Taking Off Actor 1971

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Pam
  • 2008
  • 1985
  • 1979
No Score Yet Crossing Jordan
2001-2007
Dorris
  • 2005
61% Ally McBeal
1997-2002
Sister Helen McCarthy
  • 1998
  • 1997
82% Tales from the Crypt
1989-1996
  • 1990
No Score Yet Wiseguy
1987-1990
Jenny
  • 1989
  • 1987
97% Moonlighting
1985-1989
Jeanine Dalton
  • 1986
No Score Yet The Equalizer
1985-1989
  • 1986
No Score Yet It's Garry Shandling's Show.
1986-1990
Phoebe Bass

QUOTES FROM Jessica Harper CHARACTERS

Phoenix
Don't you hear that crowd down there? Why should I give that up?
Winslow/The Phantom
They'll want more. They want much more. More than you could ever give.
Phoenix
I'll give them whatever they want.
Sara
And on a restricted diet, they give you wine?
Suzy Bannion
That's professor Verdegast's idea. Says i'tll build up my blood.
Natasha
I never want to marry, I just want to get divorced.