08:16 PM EDT 12/02/2013
Originally posted 11/28/2013 07:10AM
Valerie Harper was smiling and full of her trademark optimism when she returned to the ballroom the finale of Dancing with the Stars on Tuesday.
"It was great to be with [my dance partner] Tristan [McManus] again and all my buds, all these lovely friends I made," she told PEOPLE after the show.
The 74-year-old, who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer earlier this year, has defied the dire predictions that she only had months to live, and says she's been feeling "pretty good" since leaving the show in October.
Originally posted 10/08/2013 01:55PM
Valerie Harper continues to stay positive.
The actress, 74, who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer earlier this year, is keeping her chin up, following Monday's early-season elimination on Dancing with the Stars with partner Tristan MacManus.
"I didn't know what it was going to be, but I came to it open-armed because I see the show and I see the joy on the show," Harper told PEOPLE backstage shortly after her dismissal. "And these wonderful dancers, week after week [are] breaking their whatevers to get a number [to] look right. They are great and I've enjoyed them very much. And then there's my fellow people [who] I enjoyed meeting."
Originally posted 10/08/2013 12:30AM
She came to inspire and enjoy the party.
And into week four of Dancing with the Stars Valerie Harper did just that and much more, sending a message of hope by savoring life after she was diagnosed with brain cancer earlier this year.
But on Monday night, sentiment finally yielded to the cold criteria of judging. After another low-scoring performance – this time an 18-point waltz – the 74-year-old star of TV's Rhoda was voted off the show.
Originally posted 09/30/2013 10:00PM
It was a night of mostly high scores on Monday's old Hollywood-themed Dancing with the Stars.
But three couples were in jeopardy: injured Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein, Christina Milian and Mark Ballas, and Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd.
But it was Nye and Stecklein who went home, following a fun, but low-scoring 16-point futuristic jazz number to Daft Punk's "Get Lucky."
Originally posted 09/17/2013 08:30AM
Valerie Harper was always going to be the emotional favorite on this season's Dancing with the Stars. As for the physical challenge? So far, so good!
"Physically I feel great!" the actress, 74, who has been battling a form of terminal brain cancer, told PEOPLE at Monday's show, where she earned a standing ovation for her 21-point foxtrot with Tristan MacManus.
At this point, she's just dealing with minor aches and pains.
Originally posted 09/16/2013 10:00PM
Dancing with the Stars brought out some unexpected stunners – and a standing ovation that drew tears – on Monday night's season 17 premiere.
Although early favorite Corbin Bleu wowed the crowd as predicted with a 24-point contemporary dance with partner Karina Smirnoff, it was Amber Riley, 27, who landed the near-perfect score.
Earning three nines, Riley's dance with Derek Hough had Bruno Tolioni calling the Glee actress the "tigress of season 17." Fellow judge Len Goodman said excitedly, "I'm palpitating, perspirating and flatulating."
Originally posted 09/04/2013 08:20AM
After a couple of underwhelming seasons, Dancing with the Stars has found its rhythm again.
From Valerie Harper to Snooki to Jack Osbourne – all named Wednesday as contestants – the ABC show rebounds with one of the strongest lineups in years competing in the 17th season beginning Sept. 16.
Harper, whose brain cancer is close to remission, and her pro partner Tristan MacManus will square off against former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson and Sharna Burgess, actress Leah Remini – who recently made headlines with her split from Scientology – and pro Tony Dovolani, and reality star Osbourne and Cheryl Burke.
Originally posted 09/04/2013 08:20AM
Last January, actress Valerie Harper sat in her doctor's office, listening as he broke the grim news that she had terminal brain cancer and might not live through the spring.
But for the past two weeks, the actress has been enduring grueling four-hour-a-day dance rehearsals in anticipation of her Sept. 16 debut on Dancing with The Stars.
"I feel much better," Harper, 74, tells PEOPLE. "And my brain scans are looking better too. The doctors tell me there's less evidence of cancer, which is very unusual. However, they both say it's not a case of if, but when. And I can live with that."
Originally posted 08/29/2013 11:45AM
Six months ago, Valerie Harper was ready to say goodbye. But now, she has received some shockingly optimistic news.
The actress, 74, who was diagnosed last winter with a form of terminal cancer, showed striking improvement in her condition on a recent scan.
"I'd say that we're getting pretty close to a remission. It defies the odds," her doctor, neuro-oncologist Jeremy Rudnick, said in a taped segment on Thursday's Today show.
Originally posted 08/28/2013 01:45PM
In March, Valerie Harper said she was in the process of saying her lifetime goodbyes – but it sounds like her health is good enough for a least one more great achievement.
The Emmy-winning star of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spinoff Rhoda, 74, who is suffering from terminal brain cancer, will compete on season 17 of Dancing with the Stars, according to TMZ.
The actress is apparently paired up with Irish hunk, Tristan MacManus, 31.
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