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Valerie Harper

STANDING TALL

in the Face of Terminal Cancer

3/7/2013 9:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0306_valerie_harper_SplashValerie Harper is refusing to go gently into that good night ... continuing to go out in public and live her life after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

The "Mary Tyler Moore" actress was pictured out in Santa Monica early Thursday morning with her husband of 26 years Tony Cacciotti ... sporting a brave face.

Earlier this week, 73-year-old Harper revealed she has leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare form of cancer in which cancer cells spread into the membrane surrounding the brain.

Rage against the dying of the light.

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61.

lynn    

I meant each moment to the fullest....sorry for the typo!!!!

540 days ago
62.

Gargamel    

I hate to hear about this kind of sh*t sometimes I wonder why are we even born in the first place? This sh*t isn't fair humans shouldn't have to endure these things.

540 days ago
63.

Jim    

She needs to check out www.cancertutor.com or ozone therapy

540 days ago
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sugarbee    

Seriously TMZ, leave her alone. You hoping to catch her last breath on film? Let her live her last days in peace.

540 days ago
65.

GM    

please TMZ. you and the rest of the tabloid paparazzi, leave her alone. Let her last days be in peace. She doesn't need you guys following her around

540 days ago
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zombie    

Your write up is the dumbest thing ever. Let her be and spare her of your terribly stupid write ups. Stalkers!

540 days ago
67.

dale12    

Peace be with you Valerie, fight the good fight!

540 days ago
68.

Lekili    

Leave her alone you pieces of s--t!
Bless you Valerie, stay strong and fight the good fight knowing you are loved by many.

540 days ago
69.

pattycake    

Sending prayers and love.. I have always loved her!
Best wishes

540 days ago
70.

Kabala    

I've always loved her - so sad to hear.

540 days ago
71.

John    

I feel like I still have to watch Rhoda's wedding to see what happened. Saw you at Harvard Hasty Pudding. I yelled "I love you Rhoda" and you said "Love You Back." Still do...funny and such a brave woman. Thoughts are with you,

540 days ago
72.

Miss Red    

She does not look 73. I have always adored her. I'm so sorry she is going through this. Sending her love and light <3

540 days ago
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Not So Mad Hatter    

It is either: "Do not go gentle into that good night" Or "Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

540 days ago
74.

jester500    

Once upon a time there was a child, a child of a very famous and powerful man. But this child had to be hidden or the careers of hundreds would never have been.
An unknown Mary Tyler Moor had stepped into an elevator after being turned down for a role in a television show when her destiny and the destiny of the woman who would one day play the character known as Rodha was standing there.
As Mary entered the elevator she met a man who would change her life. He said with a big smile like yours I have a spot on a television show I’m making. The man’s name was Danny Thomas and the show was The Dick Van Dyke show.
This chance encounter had catapulted her to fame and wealth as written about in the soon to be released book, His Blood Runs Through Me.
This fame allowed her to go on to create a television show called the Mary Tyler Moor show which co-stared as Valerie Harper Rodha.
Once upon a time in 1960... there was a child, a child who had to be hid or none of this magic would have ever happened. Sponsors of the Dick Van Dyke show had heard of this child and canceled the television show after 1 year. Sheldon Lenard the business partner of Danny Thomas had traveled to New York to convince the advertisers there was no truth to this child and after much lying had convinced the advertisers to continue the show which they did and in turn Mary became famous and wealthy.
As long as this child was hid the era known as Camelot as described by Sheldon would continue and all would get very wealthy but this child had to be kept hid or it all would fall.
This child lived a life of pure Hell while all others benefitted greatly, this bastard child whose life had to be hid was named Christopher, named after St. Christopher by his father…Danny Thomas.
And that is how the world came to know the character named Rodha.
Christopher
www.marlothomas.info

540 days ago
75.

Mrugowsky    

For once a story without mockery or sarcasm. I'm so proud of you, TMZ!!! You're growing up a little.

540 days ago
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