Tallulah Bankhead, the larger-than-life Alabama-born movie star, presented at the end of her illustrious (and sometimes infamous) career.
Beloved for her long-running TV role as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda, Harper got her show-biz start 50 years ago as a dancer in Broadway musicals such as Take Me Along, Wildcat and Subways Are for Sleeping.
Other Honors for This Role
—Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance Award
This is Harper’s first Tony nomination.
In addition to touring the country as Tallulah in Looped, Harper has hit the road in another autobiographical play, Golda’s Balcony, as Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir.
“[Tallulah] is a fabulous character, absolutely marvelous, and the trick is not to make her a caricature. As fulsome as she was, as extravagant and outrageous and very dramatic, she comes from a very real place. Every generation thinks they invented bad behavior. She really did.” —Harper in an interview with Broadway.com, 3/10