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

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In this June 13, 2010 photo, Valerie Harper arrives at the 61st Annual Tony Awards in New York. The 73-year-old actress, who played Rhoda Morgenstern on television in the 1970s, has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, according to a report Wednesday, March 6, 2013 on People magazine's website.


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Valerie Harper as Rhoda Morgenstern in Rhoda, 1975.

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Actress Valerie Harper attends Kinetic Content's 2nd Annual Anniversary and Celebration of Betty White's "Off Their Rockers" at the Viceroy Hotel on April 10, 2012 in Santa Monica, California.

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." 

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

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

Valerie Harper: Archive of American Television
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