Valerie Harper is best known to audiences for her role as the beloved Rhoda Morgenstern on the classic TV sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its subsequent spin-off Rhoda. The popularity of the show was enormous and the episode of Rhoda’s wedding set ratings records (52 million viewers). For playing the character of Rhoda, Harper won a total of four Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe. Harper’s extensive television career includes the self titled sitcom, Valerie and more recently guest roles on hit shows such as Desperate Housewives, Sex and The City, That 70’s Show, Touched by an Angel and Hot in Cleveland. Notable film credits include Blame It On Rio, Freebie and The Bean, Chapter Two and The Last Married Couple In America. In 2010, Harper was seen on Broadway in Looped and received a Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of legendary actress Tallulah Bankhead. In January 2013, Harper published her memoir I Rhoda.
Tristan MacManus began dancing his home of Dublin, Ireland before moving on to compete around Europe, eventually winning numerous Juvenile, Junior and Amateur competitions.
After appearing in Ella Enchanted, he performed in theatre productions throughout Ireland, most notably in Cork City Opera House and The Gaiety Theatre, including Bryan Flynn's production of Oliver! and Aladdin, among others. Next, he joined the UK tour of Simply Ballroom and, after a successful tour in London and Las Vegas, went on to Australia and America where he toured as a featured dancer with Burn The Floor and Floorplay.
After numerous world tours and a year teaching Ballroom and Latin dancing in Boston, he returned to Europe to join the cast of Dirty Dancing as Dance Captain. He then went on to do a second stint on The West End stage in London.
We welcome back Tristan for his fourth season of Dancing With The Stars.
PRIOR CELEBRITY PARTNERS:
• Dorothy Hamill
• Pamela Anderson (All Star Season)
• Gladys Knight
• Nancy Grace