Valerie Harper (August 22, 1939 – August 30, 2019) was an American movie and television actress. She was best known for playing Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and starring in the sitcom Valerie. She also did stage acting. She began her career as a dancer and chorus girl on Broadway in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Harper at a 2007 SAG Foundation brunch
|Born||August 22, 1939|
Suffern, New York, U.S.
|Died||August 30, 2019 (aged 80)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Richard Schaal (1964-1978)|
Tony Cacciotti (1987-2019)
On March 11, 2013, Harper announced that she had an incurable brain tumor. Doctors said that she had less than three months to live.  Although the disease is incurable, her doctors said they were treating her with chemotherapy in an effort to slow its progress. On July 30, 2015, Harper was hospitalized in Maine after falling unconscious. Later on the 30th she was taken via medevac to a larger hospital for further treatment. She was later released.
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