Feisty Actress Valerie Harper Diagnosed with Terminal Brain Cancer

by Shannonn Kelly
10:16AM, EST, March 06, 2013

Actress Valerie Harper - 'Always every awkward girl's mentor'...
Actress Valerie Harper – ‘Always every awkward girl’s mentor’…

Such sad news around the celebrity world as we learn that feisty actress Valerie Harper was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer – – leptomeningeal carcinomatosis on January 15, 2013.

The sad news was announced this morning on the NBCThe Today Show“.

She says doctors advise her she may have as little as three months to live. This is such sad news as is comes on the heels after Harper, a 73-year-old nonsmoker, battled lung cancer in 2009.

Harper, best known for playing Rhoda Morgenstern on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its spin-off “Rhoda“, received tweets that poured in for her from her acting community admirers:

“Valerie Harper, please know you will always be every awkward girl’s mentor. Love, Toula,” ~Nia Vardalos

“You were the ultimate comedy role model to me when I was growing up – the quintessential ‘best friend!’ Sending you love…” ~ Rachel Dratch

“My longtime friendship w/ @ValerieHarper has been 1 of the gr8est gifts of my life. I’m here 4 any/everything she may need one day at a time.” ~ Cloris Leachman

In an interview from 2002 with Larry King, Harper recounts how she was cast as Rhoda.

Harper won both a Golden Globe (1974) and and Emmy (1975) for “Actress In A Leading Role” for her show Rhoda. She also won 3 back-to-back Emmys (1971-1973) for “Outstanding Supporting Actress” in the Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Harper told People Magazine, “I don’t think of dying, I think of being here now.”

A mantra we could all live by…

I’m sending my warm thoughts to Valerie Harper for her bravery and painless journey to wherever next she may travel…

Sidebar: To watch 2 full episodes of Rhoda when she gets married, please Click Here.

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