Valerie Harper - Actor, Political Activist, Wonderful Person - Kenne, California
by Audrey N Pena
(Lemon Grove, California)
I was seventeen and had been invited to attend the 40th birthday party of Helen Chavez at the United Farmworkers compound in Keene, California. In a restroom I asked a lovely woman if she had a compact with a mirror that my friend could borrow. She obliged and I thanked her and told her "You look like Valerie Harper, you know the woman who plays Rhoda." She said, "Honey, that's me. I'm Valerie." She shook my hand and I turned bright red. When I walked out of the restroom she was telling Cesar about it and we all shared a laugh. This is one of my favorite memories because I met the most gracious, hardworking people coming together for a worthy cause.