Valerie Harper

Desperate Housewives is no slouch when it comes to getting some great guest stars, snagging some tv comedy legends like Bob Newhart and Carol Burnett. This time they’ve gotten Rhoda Morgenstern herself, actress Valerie Harper.

According to Harper will play a booze-loving aunt named Claire to Susan (Teri Hatcher). Susan will get a visit from Aunt Claire after she’s hospitalized with injuries sustained in a dangerous neighborhood riot. The riot episode will close out the 2010 season and Harper is slated to appear in the first episode of 2011.

Aunt Claire comes along to visit with her sister, Susan’s spacey mom Sophie, played by Lesley Ann Warren. Sophie hasn’t seen her daughter for more than six years when she shows up at the hospital. Sophie’s husband (played by Bob Newhart) won’t be appearing in the upcoming episode – his character is fine though and rest assured he and Sophie are still together.

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