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Jessica Harper wears many hats. As an actress she co-starred in Stardust Memories with Woody Allen, Pennies From Heaven with Steve Martin, My Favorite Year with Peter O'Toole, Minority Report with Tom Cruise and cult favorites 'Phantom of the Paradise' and 'Suspiria.' Harper won a Cable Ace Award for best actress in 'It's Garry Shandling's Show,' and her numerous other television appearances include a guest shot on Late Night With David Letterman. Her stage experience ranges from 'Hair' on Broadway to co-starring with Al Pacino in regional theatre.
After she became a mom in 1989, Jessica wrote and produced seven CDs of music for children, which have earned multiple awards and rave reviews from critics in Entertainment Weekly, Parenting, Family Fun, Billboard and others. TV Guide's Parent's Guide stated that 'her lyrics'rank with the best of contemporary children's poetry.' Of Harper's 2002 release, 'Inside Out,' Lynne Heffley of the LA Times said, 'Children's music doesn't get better than this.' People Magazine did a special feature on Harper, her music, and her focus on family.
Not busy enough just being an actress, recording artist , mom, and wife of a busy executive, Jessica became an award-winning author, penning seven picture books in the last decade, including the best-selling 'Nora's Room.' Her most recent book, 'A Place Called Kindergarten' (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2006), received a starred review in Publisher's Weekly and a NAPPA Gold Award. Next on the agenda for Harper is a series of chapter books for young readers. The first, 'Uh-oh, Cleo,' will be published by G.P. Putnam's Sons this spring.
Jessica's charitable work includes a board position at PXE International (www.pxe.org) and weekly mentoring sessions with a teenage girl, under the auspices of WriteGirl (www.writegirl.org).
For lots more information, please visit Jessica's website: www.jessicaharper.com.