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Tess Harper

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Birth Name: Tess Harper
Born: 08/15/1950
Birth Place: Mammoth Springs, Arkansas, USA

Harper performed in children's theatre and dinner theatre, as well as in TV commercials, in Texas before being cast in "Tender Mercies". She followed that with the unfortunate "Amityville 3-D", a horror film about poltergeists, and a small role in Mike Nichols' "Silkwood" (both 1983). After "Crimes of the Heart", Harper was Warren Beatty's ignored sweetheart in the now legendary "Ishtar" (1987) and reteamed with "Crimes" co-star Jessica Lange as the blustery, screaming Rita in Sam Shepard's directorial debut, "Far North" (1988). More recently, Harper played the mother of a son trying to keep his parents together in "The Turning" (1992) and Jay Thomas' straying wife in "Dirty Laundry" (1996).... Continue Bio >>



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