Actress Valerie Harper talked about her terminal cancer exclusively with PEOPLE, available at newsstands on March 6. Harper revealed that she was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor called Leptomeningeal carcinomatosis.
The 73-year old actress announced that her doctors – she met with on Jan. 15 – informed her that she has less than three months to live.
This is not the first time the “RHODA” star has been faced with a cancer scare.
In 2009, “The Hogan Family” star discovered she had lung cancer while in New York rehearsing for the Broadway play, “Looped.”
The “Looped” star was inspired after her cancer ordeal, to write a memoir book titled, “I, Rhoda.”
Harper is best known for her role as “Rhoda Morgenstern” on the ‘70s hit, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”
Morgenstern’s character on the show was so popular; it became a spin off to “RHODA,” her own hit television show.
The “Valerie” star – which was later changed to “The Hogan Family” – aired from ‘86-’91; she was then replaced by actress Sandy Duncan by the show’s executives after demanding more money per show episode.
“I don’t think of dying. I think of being here now,” says the ailing actress to PEOPLE.
Actress Valerie Harper has been married for 26 years to Tony Cacciotti; they have a daughter together.
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