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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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DogsRule    

God Bless Her! She is one brave woman! Thoughts & Prayers are with you Valerie!

407 days ago
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lander    

maybe if TMZ followers her for the next 3 months they get video of her dropping dead. profit!

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karenjj    

May the peace of the Lord comfort you, Val. You have brought so much joy to so many.

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CLINT    

TMZ, have a heart and leave this woman alone. I supposed you will try to have a camerman at her bedside during her final days, but this kind of stuff should be left private, unless she comes to you. Bunch of damn ghouls waiting for her to take her final breath.

407 days ago
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hi    

I pray for a miracle

407 days ago
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Tim    

In there words of Esther Rolle from Good Times: Damn, Damn, Damn!!!!

407 days ago
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PureRadiance    

What! Refusing to ho gently into the goidnight!?!?!?!? TMZ. Thats cruel At least i don't like that wording. sounds like your saying she should just be in a bed and wait to die. Why the heck should she not go out and about! She should do all she wants as much as she can. You go girl! Prayers to you! Live your life , enjoy your time, do everything you want!!!

407 days ago
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Jody    

I feel horrible for her. A friend of mine died in her sixties from brain and lung cancer. They were directly related to her smoking for 40 years. She was diagnosed in May and died in July. It was so quick. We barely had time to talk to her without her being in the hospital on so much pain medication, that she was nearly incoherent or just asleep all the time. She had only two radiation treatments before the doctors said there just wasn't anything else they could do for her because the cancer had spread to so many organs in her body.

407 days ago
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Billythekid_96    

Yikes

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Billythekid_96    

I beat you to it you piece of crap mrez Golucky

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Billythekid_96    

V

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Cricket    

That's a girl! Looking great Valerie.

407 days ago
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Phreaky    

I know someone that was diagnosed with that and was dead 10 days later. I hope she has every single day of that 3 months, and more. Love ya Valerie.

407 days ago
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Boing!    

I'm sure all the morons are going up to her and bombarding her with sympathy. Just leave her alone and let her enjoy life without having to think about dying.

407 days ago
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Lori    

You know , you people never mention Valerie Harper until you find out she has terminal cancer ....... shows a lack of class on your part , dont you think ? I feel sure thats exactly what she wants for the last 3 months she has is to be stalked like an animal by TMZ !

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