Valerie Harper, 'Mary Tyler Moore Show' Actress, Dead At 80

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August 30, 2019 - 7:02 pm
Valerie Harper

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Actress Valerie Harper, who was best known for her role on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” has died at the age of 80, following a lengthy battle with cancer, according to an ACB7 report.

Harper, who was born in Suffern, New York, gained notoriety in the 1970s as the wisecracking Rhoda Morgenstern on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” She then reprised the character on the spinoff, “Rhoda.”

She was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009 and was given just three months to live in 2013, after being diagnosed with a rare condition in which cancer cells spread to the membranes around the brain.

She defied odds and even went on to compete on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

However, her health quickly deteriorated and Harper made headlines again when her family created a GoFundMe account to help pay for her medical bills.

Harper is survived by her husband, Cacciotti, whom she married in 1987, and their daughter, Cristina.