Harper, 73, is best known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and then the follow-up show which she starred in “Rhoda” in the 1970s. Harper has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and her doctors told her that she has about three months left to live. Valerie Harper says that she is focused on living on being here now. She said that she is focused on living life to the fullest.
Harper said that she received the diagnosis on Jan. 15. She appeared on Good Morning America on Jan. 21 and explained her symptoms, which sounded like she had had a stroke.
It was if I had Novocain. I thought what the heck is happening to me?
I went to the hospital and they couldn’t find much of anything. Now I’m still awaiting test results. I’m feeling great.
Harper spoke to People magazine this week and an article about her will appear in its latest issue, due out on Friday. She said that she has a rare brain cancer called leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, in which cancer cells spread into the membrane that surrounds the brain.
Harper told People:
I don’t think of dying. I think of being here now.
I thought this is just not going to be good for comedy if the audience is out there worrying about their Rhoda.
Harper has a daughter and she is currently married. See the video to the left about Valerie Harper's life.
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Sources: ABC News and People magazine
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