Valerie Harper, the 74-year-old actress famous for playing Rhoda on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", continues to defy her terminal brain cancer diagnosis she revealed back in March. Doctors gave Valerie just three months to live at the time, but she just keeps going. So much so that Harper just signed on to do "Dancing with the Stars", according to TMZ on Wednesday, Aug. 28.
Harper announced in March that she had been diagnosed with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare form of cancer in which the cancerous cells spread into the membrane that surrounds the brain.
Valerie, a four-time Emmy winner, was told by her doctors of her cancer diagnosis back on Jan. 15. But, she didn't reveal it publicly until March, when she realized her admission could draw more attention to cancer research, according to the Daily News.
Apparently Valerie is feeling so well that she's decided to appear on the upcoming season of the "extremely physically-demanding reality show", Dancing With The Stars.
Sources say Harper, who's partnered with Tristan MacManus, has already been practicing for two days, and she's surprisingly good. Remember Tristan debuted on the show back when he was paired with Nancy Grace.
Leah Remini is also said to be on the next season, as well as Snooki from "Jersey Shore" fame. Another rumored contestant is said to be Jack Osbourne, who is also facing the additional health challenge since being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
According to the Dancing website, the official announcement of the new cast won't be made until Sept. 4, live on GMA as usual.
The new season is also transforming into a two-hour, one night per week format. The show debuts on Monday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.
In other not to be missed TV news, TV Land is bringing together Mary Tyler Moore, Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, Georgia Engel and "Hot in Cleveland" regular Betty White for an unprecedented reunion of one of the most revered TV casts of all time.
That special season finale of "Hot in Cleveland" airs next Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 10 p.m. EST on the TV Land channel.
Harper said when she announced her condition that she wasn't going to focus on the negative, but just live her life to the fullest. She certainly appears to be doing just that.