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Valerie Harper tells her story in memoir

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Emmy-award winning actress Valerie Harper, 73, has written her memoir I, Rhoda, which was published about two months prior to her recent announcement of inoperable brain cancer.

The 308-page autobiography covers here career as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show to her own TV series Rhoda as well as her career in movies and theater.

According to publisher Gallery Books/Simon and Schuster, “Valerie shares the story of her life, both the highs and lows, in this heartwarming memoir, filled with charming anecdotes…”

Harper grew up in New Jersey and upstate New York, beginning her career in acting as a dancer and chorus girl on Broadway. She has worked with Lucille Ball, Jackie Gleason, and of course, Betty White and Mary Tyler Moore among many, many others.

The publisher adds, “On-screen she represented a self-reliant new identity for women of the 1970s while off-screen she fought alongside feminists Gloria Steinem and Bella Abzug for equal rights, among other issues of that were important to her.”

Harper also won a Tony Award for her stage role as Tallulah Bankhead.

On Harper’s official website is this message:

“Thank you. Words simply cannot express how the overwhelming out pouring of love and wishes has touched my heart. To every single one of you who reached out to me expressing your concern through Twitter, Facebook, my website, via phone, text, email, cards, letters…I want to thank you for your beautiful support. Despite this devastating diagnosis, I’m feeling well, living normally and am forging a positive path forward.”

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