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Valerie Harper, TV's 'Rhoda,' reveals terminal brain cancer, short time to live

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Valerie Harper, best known for her role in shaping 1970s television as Rhoda Morgenstern on the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" and later on "Rhoda," revealed to People magazine that she has terminal brain cancer. 

The 73-year-old actress told the magazine she was diagnosed on Jan. 15, and that doctors say she has "as little as three months left to live." 

A battery of tests revealed she has leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare condition that occurs when cancer cells spread into the fluid-filled membrane surrounding the brain... Resolved to face her last days with courage and humor, "I don't think of dying," says the actress, 73, who previously battled lung cancer in 2009. "I think of being here now."

Harper, a recent guest of KPCC's weekday radio show,  Take Two , stopped by the studio in February to discuss her new memoir "I, Rhoda." 

AUDIO 
Valerie Harper on KPCC  - "Take Two" | Feb. 13, 2013
 
VIDEO
Rhoda - "Joe" original open with MTM (1974)
Valerie Harper shows how to rock Rhoda's headscarf

The Muppet Show - Season 1 Episode 20 Valerie Harper

"RHODA" Season 1 - Opening Theme - Full Version

The Mary Tyler Moore Show Opening and Closing Theme 1970 - 1977

Valerie Harper: Archive of American Television
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