Jes­sica Harper “I’ve never ceased to be very ner­vous au­di­tion­ing. I think the big­gest chal­lenge was when I au­di­tioned for ‘Phan­tom of the Par­adise.’ … My com­pe­ti­tion was Linda Ron­stadt. I think I blacked out while I was do­ing it.”

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Jes­sica Harper has a key role in the Luca Guadagnino-di­rected “Sus­piria,” which opens Nov. 2. It’s a nod to her work in Dario Ar­gento’s 1977 orig­i­nal, just one of the many cult films she’s starred in. The list also in­cludes “Shock Treat­ment” (the se­quel to “Rocky Hor­ror Pic­ture Show”), Brian De Palma’s rock mu­si­cal “Phan­tom of the Par­adise,”“my Fa­vorite Year” with Peter O’toole and “Pen­nies From Heaven” with Steve Martin and Ber­nadette Peters. Harper’s first pro­fes­sional job came as she joined the Broad­way cast of “Hair” in 1969, and her first men­tion in Va­ri­ety was Jan. 6, 1971, in a story about NBC’S “Su­per Plas­tic Elas­tic Gog­gles.” This Novem­ber, Harper will re­lease “Win­netka,” a 10-episode pod­cast chart­ing her life from in­fancy un­til “Hair.” Harper and her hus­band, Sony Pic­tures chair­man Tom Roth­man, have two daugh­ters.

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