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"I was supposed to be gone before last Easter," Harper explained during the segment on TODAY. "But when you say 'supposed to be,' the doctors just give their best guesstimate. What I have is incurable and terminal, but guess what? Not today."
"I'm doing very well," she continued. "The treatment that my doctors at Cedars-Sinai have me on is working, and I'm doing acupuncture and herbal tea."
The actress will next be seen in a two-episode guest spot on "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," a new show premiering on Hallmark CHANNEL on April 20th.
Says the ever upbeat Broadway vet, "Whenever I go, that's when I'm supposed to go, like all of us. But live the moment."
Harper is best known to audiences for her role as the beloved Rhoda Morgenstern on the classic TV sitcom "TheMary 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.