Dancing with the Stars: Meet the Season 17 ContestantsSnooki, Valerie Harper, Bill Nye the Science Guy and more will hit the dance floor come Sept. 16

VALERIE HARPER

Partner: Tristan MacManus
Months after telling PEOPLE that she was in the process of saying her lifetime goodbyes, the 74-year-old Rhoda star – whose terminal brain cancer is close to a remission, according to her doctor – may very well pick up another major achievement: a mirror-ball trophy.