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Tess Harper (Tessie Jean Washam)

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Biography

Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, USA
Tess Harper attended Southwest Missouri State University, now known as Missouri State University, in Springfield, MO. During the late 1960s, she did "street" acting in the theme parks, Dogpatch, USA, in Jasper, AR, and Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO. She was discovered while doing theater work in Dallas, TX. After being turned down at an audition for a Chuck Norris movie, Harper was recruited to come do a reading for "Tender Mercies" with Robert Duvall, for which she was selected to play the supporting role, earning her an award for best supporting actress. Read more...

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Character: Frank's Mom

Frank 2014

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Character: Trudy Willis

A Christmas Wish 2011

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Character: Herself - Winner: Best Cast in a Motion Picture

14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2008

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Character: Loretta Bell

No Country for Old Men 2007

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Character: Molly Czehowicz

Karla 2006

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Character: Dixie Rose Delton

Broken Bridges 2006

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Character: Clare

Broken 2006

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Character: Liz O'Callahan

Jesus, Mary and Joey 2006

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Character: Ruby

Jam 2006

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Character: Elizabeth Austin

Loggerheads 2005

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Character: Mrs. Nelly Tomkins

Angel in the Family 2004

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Character: Tina Decapprio

The Secret 1997

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Character: Joanna Chandler

A Child's Wish 1997

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Character: Asst. D.A. Jerri Sims

Death in Small Doses 1995

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Character: Martha Harnish

The Turning 1992

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Character: Kimmy Hayes

My New Gun 1992

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Character: Abigail Trant

The Man in the Moon 1991

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Character: Sally Blackwood

Her Alibi 1989

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Character: Willa

Ishtar 1987

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Character: Chick Boyle

Crimes of the Heart 1986

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Character: Jeannie Wyler

A Summer to Remember 1985

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Character: Miriam Esh

Saving Sarah Cain 2007

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Character: Susan Lemen

Judy's Got a Gun 2007

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Character: Julia Archer

The Road to Galveston 1996

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Character: Dr. Amanda Giles

The In Crowd 2000

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Character: Rebecca Hodge

The Rising Place 2001

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Character: Narrator / Older Laura Ingalls Wilder

Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder 1999

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Character: Dinah Troy

Rock Creek Park 2015

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Character: Mrs. Hallander

Stranger 2009

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Character: Julia Barrett

Bully for You 2001

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Character: Nancy's Sister Deborah

Thirtysomething 1987

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Character: Cindy's Mom

No Prom for Cindy 2002

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Character: Det. Stillwell

Criminal Law 1988

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Character: Wendy Olinville

You Set the Scene 0

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Character: Wendy Olinville

Always See Your Face 0

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Character: Wendy Olinville

The World's a Mess/It's in My Kiss 0

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Character: Wendy Olinville

Can't Explain 0

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Character: Wendy Olinville

No Matter What You Do 0

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Character: Wendy Olinville

Johnny Hit and Run Pauline 0

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Character: Wendy Olinville

Lovers in Captivity 0

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Character: Wendy Olinville

Calm Like a Bomb 0

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Character: Wendy Olinville

Alone Again Or... 0

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Character: Wendy Olinville

Los Angeles 0

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Character: Augusta King

Something Old, Something New 0

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Character: Ellen Wilkins

Stranglehold 0

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Character: Former Vice President Karen Carmichael

Pilot 0

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Character: Karen Carmichael

An Innocent Man 0

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Character: Sharon Lertola '09

November 22 0

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Character: Polly Danko

Oh Mother, Who Art Thou? 0

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