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Valerie Harper

Valerie Harper (born August 22, 1939) is an American actress, known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern on the 1970s television series The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and for her starring roles on the sitcoms Rhoda (a spin-off of The Mary Tyler Moore Show) and Valerie. Harper was born at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, Rockland County, New York. Her Canadian-born mother, Iva (née McConnell), was a nurse, and her father, Howard Donald Harper, was a lighting salesman. Harper is of French and British ancestry, and was raised Roman Catholic, although at an early age she "quit" the church. The family moved every two years because of her father's promotions, living in South Orange, New Jersey. St. Andrews in Pasadena, California (where Harper attended the school St. Andrews); Monroe, Michigan, at age 10, where she attended St. Mary's Academy; then Ashland, Oregon "at [age] 11 to 13"; and then Jersey City, New Jersey from eighth grade through age 18. When her family returned to Oregon, Harper remained in the New York City area to study ballet. She has an older sister, Leah; a younger brother, Don (originally Merrill); and a half-sister, Virginia, from her father's second marriage. Harper

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Valerie Harper -- $50K Settlement in Cancer Lawsuit ... On Broadwayyyy

Valerie Harper
$50K Settlement in Cancer Lawsuit ... On Broadwayyyy

Valerie Harper is squashing her cancer beef with the Broadway playwright who accused her of lying about the disease ... and she's coming out of the legal battle $50,000 richer.  The… READ MORE >

Valerie Harper Rips Broadway Honcho -- How Dare You Accuse Me of Hiding My Cancer!

Valerie Harper
Rips Broadway Honcho How Dare You Accuse Me of Hiding My Cancer!!!

No one was more shocked by the return of Valerie Harper's cancer than Valerie Harper -- so she insists in new legal docs, claiming the Broadway playwright who accused her of keeping her cancer a… READ MORE >

- 81 days ago
Valerie Harper Sued By Broadway Honcho -- How Dare You Get Brain Cancer During My Play!

Valerie Harper
Sued By Broadway Honcho How Dare You Get Brain Cancer During My Play!

Not only did Valerie Harper have the nerve to get cancer without telling the bigwigs behind her recent Broadway play ... she had the audacity to let it spread to her brain, causing her to forget… READ MORE >

- 89 days ago
Disney Witch Hunt Over 'Dancing With the Stars!'

'Dancing With the Stars'
Disney Witch Hunt!

Disney is none too pleased that TMZ got the cast list of "Dancing With the Stars," because we've learned the head of security has launched an investigation to find the leak.The Mouse House… READ MORE >

- 326 days ago
Valerie Harper -- I'm 'Dancing with the Stars' Despite Terminal Brain Cancer

Valerie Harper
'Dancing with the Stars' Despite Terminal Brain Cancer

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… READ MORE >

- 330 days ago
Valerie Harper: Cancer Can't Kill Happiness

Valerie Harper
Cancer Can't Kill Happiness

Valerie Harper was in a great mood over the weekend, looking great and laughing it up as she talked to Savannah Guthrie about her terminal illness.Harper was on "Today" ... discussing her brain… READ MORE >

- 500 days ago
Valerie Harper -- STANDING TALL in the Face of Terminal Cancer

Valerie Harper
STANDING TALL in the Face of Terminal Cancer

Valerie 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… READ MORE >

- 504 days ago
Valerie Harper: I Have Brain Cancer and 3 Months to Live

Valerie Harper
I Have 3 Months To Live

Valerie Harper has terminal brain cancer and doctors are giving her around 3 months to live.Harper, who famously played the character Rhoda on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and the spin-off,… READ MORE >

- 505 days ago
Valerie Harper -- Good Genes or Good Scarves?

'Rhoda' Star Valerie Harper
Good Genes or Good ... Scarves?

It's hard to wrap your head around how well Valerie Harper has aged.Here's Bethenny Frankel the 36-year-old "Rhoda" star back in 1976 (left) -- and 37 years later, the 73-year-old "Valerie" (which… READ MORE >

- 522 days ago
Rhoda vs. Alice: Who'd You Rather?

Rhoda vs. Alice
Who'd You Rather?

Classic '70s TV sitcom actresses Valerie "Rhoda" Harper, 70, and Linda "Alice" Lavin, 72, reunited at an event in NYC this weekend.Question is ...  READ MORE >

- 1522 days ago

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