TV's Rhoda Has 3 Months to Live: Doctors

Valerie Harper diagnosed with terminal brain cancer

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 6, 2013 8:37 AM CST

(Newser) – Valerie Harper, the actress best known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the ensuing Rhoda, has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, reports People in a cover story. Doctors say the 73-year-old Harper, who fought lung cancer just four years ago, is suffering from leptomeningeal carcinomatosis and likely has as few as three months to live. "I don't think of dying," says Harper. "I think of being here now."

In this June 13, 2010 photo, Valerie Harper arrives at the 61st Annual Tony Awards in New York.   (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
Valerie Harper models a Pamela Roland design from The Heart Truth Red Dress collection, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 during Fashion Week in New York.   (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)
In this image originally released by CBS, David Groh, who plays Joe, and Valerie Harper, who stars as Rhoda Morgenstern, are shown on the set of "Rhoda".   (AP Photo/CBS)
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