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Valerie Harper - ELLE Hosts Women In Comedy Event With July Cover Stars Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon And Kristen Wiig at HYDE Sunset: Kitchen + Cocktails - West Hollywood, California, United States - Tuesday 7th June 2016

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Valerie Harper Gives Fans Health Update: 'I Am Not Nor Have I Been In A Coma'


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Actress Valerie Harper has given fans an update on her health following her hospitalisation on Wednesday. The star of ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ had been taken to hospital in Maine during a performance of musical, Nice Work If You Can Get It. The hospital visit was said to be just a ‘precaution’ for the actress who is battling brain cancer.

Valerie HarperValerie Harper has assured fans she is not in a coma.

Writing on Facebook, the 75 year old denied reports that she fell into a coma following the hospitalisation. "My dear friends and fans!" the actress wrote on Friday evening. "As always, thank you for your amazing support. I am happy to report I am not, nor have I been, in a coma."

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Valerie Harper Rushed To Hospital During Theatre Performance


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Valerie Harper has reportedly been rushed to hospital after suffering a medical emergency. 75-year-old Harper was performing in her musical, Nice Work If You Can Get It, at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine on Wednesday (29th July) when the incident occurred.

Valerie HarperValerie Harper at the AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Gala in February 2015.

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Kellie Pickler, Valerie Harper and Laura Dern - Lung Force kicks off national women's lung health week at Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York City at Tribeca Grand Hotel - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 12th May 2015

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Kellie Pickler, Valerie Harper and Laura Dern
Kellie Pickler, Valerie Harper and Laura Dern

Valerie Harper - AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Gala at Beverly Wilshire Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 3rd February 2015

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The Most Immoral Lawsuit Of All Time? Matthew Lombardo Vs. Valerie Harper


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In possibly the most vile piece of news we’ve heard in a very long time, The Mary Tyler Moore Show actress Valerie Harper is being sued for $2million for getting cancer. Yep, you heard us right. Following a cancer diagnosis, Matthew Lombardo, the producer of Harper’s Broadway show, Looped, has filed a $2million lawsuit against the actress for daring to get cancer during his play. The audacity of it, he should sue for twice that!

Valerie Harper lawsuit Valerie Harper has been suffering with cancer since 2009

After having difficulty remembering lines and suffering with slurred speech during rehearsals, Harper was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. Lombardo has filed the suit against 74 year old Harper, claiming that she intentionally did not notify producers of her diagnosis, prompting them to find a replacement at the last minute, which allegedly cost $500,000. He added the further $1.5 million due to her negligence informing producers that the lung cancer she had been suffering with since 2009 had spread. We’d like to know where Lombardo plucked his figures from.

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Valerie Harper Faces Counter Lawsuit Over Exit From Matthew Lombardo's Play


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In news that may make you question humanity in general, actress Valerie Harper has been hit with a $2 million lawsuit from Broadway playwright and director Matthew Lombardo. Lombardo is accusing the actress of concealing the fact that she had cancer until after she was signed on to act in his play.

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The suit is in response to Harper's own claim to her payment for the time after she left.

According to the New York Daily News, Lombardo’s claim is that Harper and her husband, Tony Cacciotti, hid her bout with lung cancer until it spread to her brain, forcing her to bail out of last year’s national tour of “Looped.” By the time 74-year-old Harper had been given just month to live by her doctors.

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Tom Labonge, Valerie Harper and Mitch O'Farrell - The 82nd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Hollywood Blvd - Arrivals - Hollywood, California, United States - Sunday 1st December 2013

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Nicole Volynets, Tristan MacManus and Valerie Harper - Celebrities attend a Valentin Clothing Line event - Arrivals - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Thursday 17th October 2013

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Emotional Goodbyes As DWTS Loses Another Favourite


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Dancing With the Stars has lost another fan favourite this week. After the elimination of Bill Nye last week, the fans have been suffering when they lost the brave Valerie Harper and her partner Tristian MacManus. The actress, who is battling cancer, said the show was "absolutely wonderful, completely unique, like nothing else in the world that you would ever do."

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Valerie Harper was eliminated this week.

MacManus felt the same way about his experience on the show, especially having had the privilege of working with Valerie. Speaking to the hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet, after the bad news was broken, MacManus said, "sometimes you get very lucky to do well out of your partner and sometimes you get very lucky in your life to meet someone who can affect them more than this could at all. So I feel I've been very lucky to get that, and I feel like maybe [my] life's a little bit better since I met Valerie Harper."

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'Dancing With The Stars' Season 17 Premiere: Amber Riley & Corbin Bleu Take The Lead


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Dancing with the Stars premiered last night (Monday 16 September) and featured such celebrities as Corbin Bleu, Amber Riley, Elizabeth Berkley, Leah Remini and Jack Osborne. Judged by former professionals and celebrities, the show features inexperienced famous faces paired with professional partners. The judges for season 17 of the dancing competition are Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.

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Amber Riley dazzled the judges with partner Derek Hough.

If you missed the season 17 premiere of Dancing with the Stars, here are a few highlights:

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After "Dancing With The Stars" Cast Introduction, Valerie Harper Shares Her Own Inspirational Message


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Dancing with the Stars returns with a slightly revamped cast and a slightly younger target demographic, it would seem. The cast in question was revealed Wednesday on Good Morning America. Some of the plucky young talent that producers have tapped for the show’s seventeenth season includes Jersey Shore diva Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jack Osbourne (aka Ozzy’s kid, who has no endeavours worth mentioning beyond a gig on his father’s VH1 reality program.)

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Snooki was one of the surprises of this season's cast.

This isn’t everything the seventeenth cycle has to offer however. In what is probably the most inspirational story to come out of that show in some time, Valerie Harper was also announced as part of the new cast, just a few months after being diagnosed with a terminal form of cancer. After the announcement, the actress gave a brief interview with CNN, during which she seemed as upbeat and excited as ever and particularly thrilled to join the intense reality show competition. On a show, which never quite manages to finish a season without one or two injured contestants, Harper is eager to join in on the fun. She even shared a message for fans of Dancing and her own career.

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Valerie Harper "Defies The Odds," Brain Cancer Nearing Remission


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Valerie Harper, the four-time Emmy Award winner who was diagnosed with brain cancer, is getting "pretty close" to remission, her physician said in an excerpt of a documentary that was shown on NBC's Today Show on Thursday, as reported by Reuters.

"I'd say that we're getting pretty close to remission," neuro-oncologist Dr. Jeremy Rudnick said, "It defies the odds."

Harper enjoyed the bulk of her television success playing the starring role of Rhoda Morgenstern on the 1970s sitcoms 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' and spin-off 'Rhoda.'

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Valerie Harper's Doctor: Her Brain Cancer Is "Close To Remission"


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Valerie Harper has defied the odds and is "close to remission", the 74-year-old actress and her doctor revealed on the Today show. This does not mean the cancer is cured as nothing, at this stage, is certain. Her doctor said "the problem is that any minute this can change", further explaining by stating that patients "develop resistance to the therapy and it's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when." This means that Harper may be able to continue long after her predicted three to six months to live. 

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Valerie Harper in April of this year, in New York.

The actress was diagnosed in January with terminal brain cancer and has been undergoing chemotherapy combined with acupuncture and Chinese tea. Harper has overcome one form of cancer, of the lung, in 2009. Tests revealed this year that she has leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare condition where cancer spreads to the fluid-filled membranes around the brain. 

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Messages Roll In For Valerie Harper After She Reveals Terminal Cancer


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Actress Valerie Harper announced Wednesday that she’s suffering from terminal cancer. Since then, messages of love and support have been flying in for the woman who played Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spinoff Rhoda.

Fellow Mary Tyler Moore show colleague, Cloris Leachman, said on Twitter: "My longtime friendship w/ @ValerieHarper has been 1 of the gr8est gifts of my life. I'm here 4 any/everything she may need one day at a time." Harper got the news last early this year on January, 15. With an estimated three months left to live, she told People, "I don't think of dying. I think of being here now." Her old friend Larry King also took to Twitter, saying: "I've known Valerie Harper for years- enjoyed intv'ing her & being in her company-wishing her strength & good thoughts." Hoda Kotb of The Today Show said, "Hi @ValerieHarper ... @KathieLGifford and I are sending prayers your way #warmwave," with cohost Gifford adding later, "Lord bless you, Valerie."

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