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Arts and Entertainment

Actress Valerie Harper Reveals She Has Terminal Brain Cancer

Actress Valerie Harper in January 2012 (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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Actress Valerie Harper, best known for her long-running role as Mary Richards' sassy sidekick Rhoda Morgenstern on TV's "Mary Tyler Moore Show" and spinoff "Rhoda," has revealed she has terminal brain cancer.The 73-year-old shared the news with People magazine:

A battery of tests revealed she has leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare condition that occurs when cancer cells spread into the fluid-filled membrane surrounding the brain. Her doctors say she has as little as three months left to live.

Harper received the diagnosis on January 15.

In 2009, the actress also battled lung cancer.