Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 07, 2013
WhoHasTheRemote.com always looks for fun and positive stories in the realm of entertainment. Sometimes however, it’s the sadder news from which people can find inspiration. This week, actress Valerie Harper announced that she has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, and has only three months to live. By the smiling face in recent photos of the youthful 73-year-old, one would never tell that she even has a health problem.
Harper first rose to prominence in 1970 as co-star to the namesake lead of The Mary Tyler Moore Show – a sitcom hit that remains an evergreen of reruns on satellite television. As the wisecracking Rhoda, her character became one of the breakout sensations in the long-running series. After four seasons of playing Mary Tyler’s roommate, Rhoda was given her own namesake series, which ran from 1974-1978 on CBS.
After years of performing in made-for-TV movies, Harper returned to series television in 1986 as the star of Valerie. In one of the most abrupt and shocking moves by TV executives in small-screen history, the star was unceremoniously booted from her own show the following year. Retooled as The Hogan Family, the series soldiered on for another four years with actress Sandy Duncan at the helm.
In recent years, Harper has concentrated on activism and theater, with occasional forays into television guest roles. In January, she was touring in support of her recently-published memoir when doctors delivered her diagnosis on the 15th.
For the venerable actress, mortality seems to have been received as a wake-up call to the wonders of life. Quoted this week by The Washington Post, Harper says that she doesn’t think about dying, she only thinks about being in the here and now.
Mortality comes to everyone at some point in time. When it does, the good spirit of Valerie Harper could serve as a guiding hand for meeting that moment with dignity.
Closing: WhoHasTheRemote.com gives its blessings to Valerie Harper for showing strength, courage, and compassion after the actress was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, and shares her positivity and inspiration with all of its readers.
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