Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Book of the Month: I, Rhoda

Last week I finished reading Valerie Harper's autobiography I, Rhoda. It was funny, down-to-earth, and brutally honest, just like Rhoda.

I love Rhoda Morgenstern. She is such a relatable character in that she has everyday struggles, just like the rest of us. And what better way to find out more about Rhoda than to read about the woman who made her come to life, Valerie Harper?

In reading I, Rhoda, I learned so many interesting things about the woman behind the character, Valerie Harper. Did you know she trained many years to be a dancer? That she was married to Dick Schaal, who appeared on numerous episodes of both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and it's spin-off series Rhoda as various characters (remember the guy from season one of MTM that's obsessed with Mary and to whom Rhoda says that immortal line, "I'd like to introduce myself, I'm another person in the room."). I learned about her struggles, her meetings with legends of Hollywood (she saw Rock Hudson at the giant statue of Jesus in Rio de Janeiro, or how her trainer boyfriend helped Paul Newman with his back pain), behind-the-scenes of the MTM show, the origin of the head scarf, and much, much more!

If you are a fan of Rhoda Morgenstern, then you will want to read this book. This is an autobiography I didn't want to put down and you won't either.

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