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Valerie Harper

'Dancing with the Stars'

Despite Terminal Brain Cancer

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

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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YOU GO Girl!

399 days ago

Straight Talkin Texan    

I hope she doesn't deteriorate in front of viewers' eyes. That would be unsettling to watch. Then again...Snooki??? I may not be watching anyway. I think DWTS just jumped the shark. And I haven't missed an episode in all these years. :-(((((((

399 days ago


Tristian gets screwed for a partner again! Insurance purposes alone how is this allowed they probably want her to die on show?!

398 days ago


Ms. Harper is staring death in the eye and demanding, "OK, COME AND GET ME , IF YOU DARE!!!"

398 days ago


Thats right Valerie...You take this thing we call life and you ride it until THE WHEELS FALL OFF!

398 days ago


God is so good, for only God knows when it's our time. Valerie is so strong, love her!!

377 days ago

dancing with the stars    

Nice Amazing I want cheer him in every time she will perform Thanks

322 days ago
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