Broadway Vet Valerie Harper Reveals: 'I Am Absolutely Cancer-Free!'
"I'm absolutely cancer-free!" the star of stage and screen revealed. "My last scans have been positive, and my doctors are very happy," Referring to her most recent scans, the actress explained, "[The oncologist] looked at the scans and said, 'Oh my God, Valerie, this is very encouraging!'"
It was just one year ago that the Emmy-winning star shared the news that she had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and was told she had only three to six months to live. "I'm now the poster child for not believing everything I'm told," jokes the actress.
Asked whether or not she is in full remission, Harper cautions, "My doctor doesn't use that term. He likes to say, 'I give you a treatment, and it's either responsive or nonresponsive - and you are having a phenomenal response.'"
Ever the optimist, the former Dancing With the Stars contestant affirms, "There may come a time when I'm not feeling good. But then again, that time may never come!"
Read the interview in full here: CloserWeekly
Harper is best known to audiences for her role as the beloved Rhoda Morgenstern on the classic TV sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and its subsequent spin-off, "Rhoda." The popularity of the show was enormous, and the episode of Rhoda's wedding set ratings records with 52 million viewers.
For playing Rhoda, Harper won a total of four Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe. Her extensive television career includes the self titled sitcom, "Valerie," and more recently guest roles on such hit shows as "Desperate Housewives," "Sex and the City," "That '70s Show," "Touched by an Angel" and "Hot in Cleveland." Notable film credits include "Blame It on Rio," "Freebie and the Bean," "Chapter Two" and "The Last Married Couple in America."
In 2010 Harper was seen on Broadway in "Looped" and received a Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of legendary actress Tallulah Bankhead. In January 2013, Harper published her memoir, I Rhoda.
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