07:32 PM EDT 05/06/2013
Originally posted 05/05/2013 02:00PM
Hats off to Valerie Harper, who celebrated the Kentucky Derby weekend in high spirits (and style!).
Months after the Rhoda Morgenstern actress, 73, revealed to PEOPLE that she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, she stepped out at the Barnstable Brown Gala, saying, "I'm feeling good."
Attending the Louisville pre-derby party with husband Tony Cacciotti, she added to PEOPLE, "And I gained 7 lbs. – my doctors like that."
Originally posted 04/05/2013 08:00AM
Time can't alter solid friendships. Just ask Mary Tyler Moore, Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman and Georgia Engel – who reunited with Betty White this week to tape an upcoming episode of the TVLand sitcom Hot In Cleveland.
It made for an emotional week, agreed the women, who gathered Thursday afternoon for a press conference on the CBS Radford studio lot, where the classic The Mary Tyler Moore Show was filmed from 1970-77.
"The tears come up, but then they're part of the laughter," said Harper, 73. "Did you ever laugh till you cried? That's been happening a lot. It's been so full of life and joy and love. And fun!"
Originally posted 03/22/2013 07:45AM
Valerie Harper and the other girls from The Mary Tyler Moore Show are getting together for one last hurrah – in front of the cameras.
Harper, who has terminal brain cancer, will join Mary Tyler Moore and Cloris Leachman as guests on an episode of TV Land's Hot In Cleveland, which stars other Mary Tyler Moore Show alums Betty White and Georgia Engel, PEOPLE has confirmed.
A source tells PEOPLE: "The cast is really excited to have Valerie guest star. They feel she is a true icon, and they are touched by her story."
Originally posted 03/13/2013 01:00PM
Mary Tyler Moore show star Ed Asner is recovering in the hospital after cutting short a one-man show in Indiana when he struggled to deliver his lines and appeared to be confused.
The 83-year-old actor was taken by ambulance to a Chicago-area hospital for exhaustion and was "resting comfortably" on Wednesday, his publicist Charles Sherman tells the Associated Press.
After conducting an acting workshop on Tuesday, Asner took the stage 45 minutes late at the Marquette Pavilion in Gary, Ind., to portray Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the sold-out show FDR.
Originally posted 03/09/2013 06:30PM
Valerie Harper has accumulated more than four decades' worth of television memorabilia during the course of her extraordinary career, and right now much of it is cluttering the dining room of the cozy 1930s Spanish-style bungalow she shares with her husband of 26 years, Tony Cacciotti, in Santa Monica, Calif.
Among the keepsakes: the signature head scarves from her hit series Rhoda, her four Emmys, and nine neatly stacked piles of well-worn scripts from Rhoda and its television forerunner, The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
"I'm just putting them in order," she says, pointing to the scripts, many of which are filled with personal scribbles. "This is the very first one – the pilot. Look at how cute this is. There are notes like, 'dinner with Betty' "– i.e., Betty White, her MTM costar. "They were in the garage and I just got them out. I don't know what I should do with them."
Originally posted 03/09/2013 09:00AM
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Originally posted 03/08/2013 01:10PM
"When the smoke clears, I'll be standing," the amazingly upbeat Valerie Harper tells PEOPLE in a touching video message and cover story this week.
Having received the shocking diagnosis on Jan. 15 that she has a rare and terminal brain cancer, the Emmy-winning Rhoda" star, 73, wanted to share the news with her fans, because they have given her so much, she says – just as she has given them.
Here she is this week carrying a bunch of flowers into her Santa Monica home after doing a day of interviews. Looks like she's blossoming herself.
Originally posted 03/07/2013 12:00PM
In this week's issue of PEOPLE, Valerie Harper reveals she's been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.
While faced with this "amazingly shocking diagnosis", Harper shares why she wanted to go public.
"I just wanted to share this clearly and impactfully through PEOPLE magazine because y'all read it and you know it and I know Rhoda would be reading it," she says.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda star, 73, received the news on Jan. 15 after tests found she has leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare condition that occurs when cancer cells spread into the fluid-filled membrane surrounding the brain.
Originally posted 03/06/2013 05:00PM
They are among television's first and most enduring BFFs – and for more than four decades, Valerie Harper has considered Mary Tyler Moore "a great girlfriend" in real life as well.
Now one of Hollywood's longest-standing bonds is bringing comfort and support to Harper as she faces terminal brain cancer.
"I'm absolutely devastated by this news," says Moore, 76, who herself underwent surgery in 2011 for a benign tumor in the protective membrane around the brain – the same spot where Harper's malignant cancer cells are located.
Originally posted 03/06/2013 03:10PM
After Valerie Harper revealed she had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer on Wednesday, her fans, friends and colleagues shared an outpouring of prayers and love for the star.
Harper, 73, has leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare condition that occurs when cancer cells spread into the fluid-filled membrane surrounding the brain. Her doctors say she has as little as three months left to live.
The overwhelming support solidifies Harper's role as a television icon. Here's what you had to say:
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