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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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76.

chicago_animal     

I know this is Usually B or C list celebs but Snooki? Wow, that's sad.

332 days ago
77.

QueenKaren369    

god bless her she is such a strong beautiful woman i hope she beats it

332 days ago
78.

StPeteRickster    

Think it is brave and an amazingly UNSELFISH thing to do.

She is living her life as she should, to the limit for as long as she has left.

Anyone who can't see that just won't understand....

332 days ago
79.

Clyde T.M. Nestra    

Talk about a blockbuster rating on opening night! Valerie is obviously hoping to absolutely guarantee she will never be forgotten. And more power to her.

332 days ago
80.

Wond'fulWorldOfWendy    

Awe...Some!! She has experience i do believe dancing on Broadway if memory serves me... Can't wait to see her while she lights the world up with her smile (sorry mary)

332 days ago
81.

LAPartyMcSage    

Cancer is a business and not a disease. Oftentimes the treatment is what kills you.

332 days ago
82.

txgirl    

Good for her!! She's going to do what she wants to do before her time is up.

332 days ago
83.

Stan    

Wow talk about who will always get the public vote.. Good for her. I hope she wins

332 days ago
84.

Littleluvnut     

With Tristan as her partner she should do well!

332 days ago
85.

ironica    

I might actually watch the show this season. Lots of people are rooting for you, Valerie! You look great, obviously you think great....here's to hoping you feel great!

332 days ago
86.

Susan    

How can she keep up with all of the training? If she is dying in 3 months, she wouldn't be feeling very well.

332 days ago
87.

J-Ro    

So awesome!! Go Valerie, it's nice to see a terminal illness is not holding you down.

332 days ago
88.

basebrat    

DWTS, i bet, is banking on the fact that val's expiry date has long expired, and that, for ratings, this FLUCKED-UP show is banking on extra-bonus-ratings. win, place, or die, DWTS is stooping to even lower-levels than its predecessors.

and i love love love valerie harper. i grew on MTM.

332 days ago
89.

Annie    

I guess I am on the fence about this one.I admire her and my heart goes out to her but this could not be good for her health.I think ABC is just thinking about ratings.They seem to try and push the envelope a little more each season.

332 days ago
90.

Mrugowsky    

That show is lame but she is brave as hell for doing it considering her diagnosis. That's living life balls deep.

332 days ago
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