Saturday, January 12, 2008


A spin-off of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” Rhoda Morgenstern leaves Minneapolis and Mary behind and heads back to her roots in New York.

The series ran from 1974 to 1978 and starred Valerie Harper as Rhoda. We also meet her diminutive mother, Ida, played by Nancy Walker (also known as “Rosie” from the Bounty paper towel commercials); Rhoda’s dad, Martin (played by Harold Gould), and Rhoda’s younger sister, Brenda (played by Julie Kavner. Although viewers may not recognize Kavner’s face from the series, they might recognize the voice. Kavner would later go on to voice the character of Marge on “The Simpsons.”

During the show, Rhoda would marry and divorce Joe Gerard (played by David Groh).

One of the show’s enigmas was the identity of Carlton, the doorman, who was never seen on camera, just heard through the intercom speaker. Carlton was credited as “L. Music” (the “L” stood for “Lorenzo.”) I did find a photo of Music a while back and posted it in a previous blog.

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Rhoda trys the Mary Richards hat toss:

Rhoda’s Wedding Part 1

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