Actress, Singer, Songwriter, Author
Los Angeles, CA
Jessica Harper lives in Los Angeles and New York. She is married to Tom Rothman and has two grown daughters, Elizabeth and Nora. As an actress Jessica has co-starred in Stardust Memories with Woody Allen, Pennies from Heaven with Steve Martin, My Favorite Year with Peter O'Toole and Minority Report with Tom Cruise. She has also played numerous lead and guest-star roles on television (most recently in TNT's "Proof") and has appeared on talk shows including "The Today Show" and "Late Night with David Letterman." Her extensive theatrical credits range from "Hair" on Broadway to "American Anthems" with Al Pacino at the Long Wharf Theater.
Jessica entered the arena of children's music in 1994 with her debut album A Wonderful Life. She has written and recorded seven albums of family music. In addition to garnering critical praise, the albums have collectively won several Parents’ Choice Gold Awards, NAPPA Gold Awards and the NAIRD Indie Award for Best Children’s Album Of The Year.
Jessica has also written eleven books for children, including the L.A. Times best-selling “Nora’s Room. Her most recent book is “The Crabby Cook Cookbook,” published by Workman Publishing.
Jessica and her brother Sam were diagnosed with PXE as children. Jessica's first contact with PXE International was through the website several years ago. The Amsler grid provided in the MemberGram helped her detect changes in her vision. A doctor at University of California in Los Angles suggested she contact Sharon Terry and get involved in the organization. She attended the conference in Oakland in 2002. She was impressed with the drive, commitment and intelligence of Pat and Sharon, so was glad to accept when asked to join the board.
She hopes to support the board and the research agenda of PXE International through fundraising in the Hollywood community. She also looks forward to reaching people with children who have PXE and are not yet acquainted with PXE International and the resources it offers. Jessica has also asked her relatives and friends to support PXE International and the response has been overwhelming - an outpouring of generosity that is breathtaking.
Read Jessica's column, "Harper's Corner".
Learn more about Jessica's children's books and music.
Visit Jessica's website.