Jessica Harper (Actress) - Suspiria
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Updated: 9/18/14

Name: Jessica Harper

Born: October 10, 1949, Chicago, Illinois

Claim To Fame: She is known for her roles in Dario Argento's horror classic Suspiria; My Favorite Year; as Phoenix in Phantom of the Paradise (in which she sang several songs); as Cathy Cake in Inserts by John Byrum; and as Janet Majors in Shock Treatment.

Family Life: Harper is married to Thomas Edgar Rothman, former Co-Chairman of 20th Century Fox. They have two daughters, Elizabeth and Nora.

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Info: Aside from her well-known film roles, she also appeared in Pennies From Heaven, Stardust Memories and Love and Death, and in the Steven Spielberg/Tom Cruise film Minority Report.

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Trivia: Attended the North Shore Country Day School and Sarah Lawrence College.

Has three brothers including a twin brother, William Harper, a composer, Sam Harper, a screenwriter and director, Charles Harper, and two sisters, Lindsay Harper duPont and Diana Harper.

Was named by Parenting magazine as "Parent of the Month" in 2004.

In 2000, she sang background vocals on selected tracks on the Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks album Beatin' the Heat.

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Where Are They Now: She has written eleven books for children, and made seven albums of songs for children.

In December 2010, Harper released a cookbook titled The Crabby Cook Cookbook: Recipes and Rants. In 2011, she went on tour to promote the book. Stops included Chicago, where she held a "Lunch and Learn with Jessica Harper".

Harper keeps up a blog called MyBlahBlahBlog on her website She also features recipes on her Crabby Cook website,

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