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Valerie Harper

'Dancing with the Stars'

Despite Terminal Brain Cancer

8/28/2013 10:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Valerie Harper
-- whom doctors gave three months to live back in March due to her terminal brain cancer -- hasn't just defied medicine by staying alive ... she's signed on to "Dancing with the Stars."

As we reported, 74-year-old Harper -- famous for playing the role of Rhoda on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" -- announced she had been diagnosed with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare form of cancer in which cancer cells spread into the membrane surrounding the brain.

Doctors gave her roughly until June to live ... but it's already August, and we've learned she's doing so well she is set to appear on the upcoming season of "Dancing," an extremely physically-demanding reality show.

We're told Valerie and her partner Tristan have already been practicing for two days, and she's surprisingly good. Our sources say she's completely self-sufficient and doesn't need any special assistance ... at least so far.

TMZ broke the story ... Leah Remini will also be on the next season, as well as Snooki, Elizabeth BerkleyAmber Riley from "Glee," and Christina Milian.


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46.

Francie    

Oh boy, I do like her, but now we all know who is going to win, by the sympathy vote, would hate to be a contestant knowing the outcome. Hope she can dance at least.

332 days ago
47.

Arcadia Rink    

OH Valerie I just LOVE YOU! Don't forget your lucky scarf! I will be cheering and voting for you!!!

332 days ago
48.

Areader    

God bless Valerie!

332 days ago
49.

Jimmy Stink Finger    

Dance like an idiot...we Do NOT CARE ! You WIN babe on ALL LEVELS ! Love it !

332 days ago
50.

Dennie    

Like! Go Rhoda!

332 days ago
51.

Italia    

I feel sorry for the cast and crew on DWTS! Valerie Harper was so difficult to get along with she btched her way out show business. I hope we get to see some of the "behind the scenes" footage of her having one of her meltdowns.

332 days ago
52.

pat    

I'm of two minds on this one.


She's 74. If she's doing this because she FEELS good and is lucid and sharp enough and thinks she can go thru the schedule and everything else, let her do it.


but


If, in her mind, this is her last hurrah, people's last chance to see her. Her last chance to hear the applause and feel the adulation, I would find it hard to justify her appearance and I would come down hard on the producers of the show doing this for ratings. That would be despicable.

332 days ago
53.

jetfanglo    

hope she dances to 'Staying Alive'...............you go,Val !...........godspeed

332 days ago
54.

Mr. C    

This is a true triumph. Not an over publicized, distasteful display of the Miley Cyrus variety, but something significant and beautiful. Laughing in cancer's face is the best medicine. Keep on keeping on, Valerie!

332 days ago
55.

Googie    

I LOVE this woman. She's living to the fullest & is a example how to live your life to the fullest. Added bonus is Leah Remini, I will watch every minute they are on. Two of my fav women.

332 days ago
56.

CathyJ    

Well done Valerie! Congratulations and I will be cheering you on as well!

332 days ago
57.

LeeLee63    

OMG-this is fantastic! Go Valerie and God bless! You are an inspiration!

332 days ago
58.

Nancy    

As much as I like Varlerie, I feel sorry for her partner,Tristen. He can't catch a break. Tristin is about 32 years old and gorgeous but since he's been on the show, they have always paired him with the oldest one in the group. Having said that, Valerie should do whatever she wants at this stage of her life.

332 days ago
59.

ac    

Good for her. But having that awful Snooky chick on too is disgusting. i will not be watching anyway.

332 days ago
60.

me    

Wow! I hope she has the time of her life!

332 days ago
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