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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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Gretel    

Oh no! She had so much dignity. Who the hell is handling her?

423 days ago
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Ivy    

Amazing!! I will actually be watching and cheering her on!!

423 days ago
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static    

Gutsy lady.

423 days ago
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Dead account Delete at will    

Dancing with the stars is one of the stupidest show out there. who cares
Line up any idiots below

423 days ago
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Pidge    

I was just thinking about her the other day....watching re-runs of Rhoda and Mary Tyler Moore.....wishing her well as I hadn't heard about her in the media recently...good for her! Life is for living....rock it Valerie :o)

423 days ago
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Pudding Tang    

In my experience, doctors are wrong about 99.9% percent of the time.

423 days ago
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Andyconda#LITTLESTAR    

I never watch the show, but i might this time.

423 days ago
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Luz    

I think she's doing the right thing.

423 days ago
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Quiet    

awesome.. maybe she can dance away some of that illness and move on

423 days ago
10.

Ballsdeep Salamjampour    

Use her blood to cure AIDs.

423 days ago
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Azi    

FANTASTIC ! Good for her !

423 days ago
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lisa     

I never watch 'Dancing with the Stars' you go Valerie you are an amazing lady

423 days ago
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fresera    

Despite the fact that the show is using her to boost their ratings for the upcoming season, may this be an uplifting experience for her. She truly is an inspiration to all who are battling through cancer. All those who just like to complain about how hard they have it, just look at her making lemonade out of her lemons.

423 days ago
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Jean    

I think its great, a great way to keep busy and also spread awareness of the illness she has, but might as well give her the trophy because who is ever going to kick the dying woman off the show?

423 days ago
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Lisa    

I thought it was January that she was given 3 months to live..not March..I think. Anyway, love her. It could be good for her.

423 days ago
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