The four-time Emmy victor, that played television'& #x 27; s Rhoda Morgenstern, died after a fight with cancer cells.


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Valerie Harper, that played Rhoda on '& #x 27; The Mary Tyler Moore' Program, & #x 27; passes away at 80

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Valerie Harper, that racked up belly laughs, took hearts as well as broken television taboos as the bold, self-deprecating Rhoda Morgenstern on back-to-back hit comedies in the 1970s, has actually passed away.

Long time family members close friend Dan Watt validated Harper passed away Friday. She had actually been fighting cancer cells for many years, and also her spouse stated just recently he had actually been encouraged to place her in hospice treatment. She was 80.


Starlet Valerie Harper as her traditional television personality Rhoda Morgenstern, 1975. Getty Images

Cristina Cacciotti, Harper"s child with partner Tony Cacciotti, tweeted: "My daddy has actually asked me to hand down this message: "My attractive caring partner of almost 40 years has actually died at 10:06 am, after years of combating cancer cells. She will certainly never ever, ever before be neglected. Relax In Tranquility, mia Valeria. -Anthony.""

Ed Asner, Harper"s co-star on "The Mary Tyler Moore Program," additionally tweeted his acknowledgements:


A stunning lady, a fantastic starlet, a wonderful pal as well as with rounds larger than mine. Her sparkle ruptured via as well as beamed its light upon everyone. Goodnight attractive. I'll see you quickly. pic.twitter.com/FicADkSAzS

-- Ed Asner (

Harper was an outbreak celebrity on "The Mary Tyler Moore Program," then the lead of her very own collection, "Rhoda."

She won 3 successive Emmys (1971-73) as sustaining starlet on "The Mary Tyler Moore Program" as well as an additional for superior lead starlet for "Rhoda," which ranged from 1974-78. Past honors, she was celebrated-- as well as typecast-- for playing among tv"s most precious personalities, a friend the equivalent of Ethel Mertz and also Ed Norton in television"s partner pantheon.


The actors of "The Mary Tyler Moore Program": (back row delegated right) Valerie Harper as Rhoda Morgenstern, Ed Asner as Lou Give, Cloris Leachman as Phyllis Lindstrom, (front row, entrusted to right) Gavin McLeod as Murray Massacre, Mary Tyler Moore as Mary Richards, as well as Ted Knight as Ted Baxter, 1972. CBS using Getty Images

Followers had actually lengthy been afraid the information of her death. In 2013, she initially exposed that she had actually been identified with mind cancer cells as well as had actually been informed by her medical professionals she had just 3 months to live. Some reacted as if a member of the family remained in risk.

Yet she declined to misery. "I"m not passing away till I do," Harper stated in a meeting on unitedmanshop.com. "I assure I won"t." Harper did outlast her popular co-star: Mary Tyler Moore passed away in January 2017. Ed Asner, Cloris Leachman and also Betty White are amongst the previous actors participants that endure her.

Over the last few years, Harper"s various other looks consisted of "American Father!" ""The Simpsons" and also "2 Broke Girls."


Valerie Harper and also hubby star Tony Cacciotti.Barry King/ FilmMagic

Harper was a carolers professional dancer on Broadway as a teenager prior to relocating right into funny as well as improv when, in 1970, she auditioned for the component of a Bronx-born Jewish lady that would certainly be a next-door neighbor and also buddy of Minneapolis information manufacturer Mary Richards on a brand-new comedy for CBS.




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It appeared a long odds for the young, unidentified starlet. As she remembered, "I"m not Jewish, not from New york city, as well as I have a little shiksa nose." And also she had nearly no television experience.

However Harper, that showed up for her tryout some 20 extra pounds obese, might have secured the function when she spouted out in appreciation to the program"s high, slim celebrity: "Check out you in white trousers without a lengthy coat to cover your behind!"


Alexander Kacala is a press reporter as well as editor at unitedmanshop.com Digital and also NBC OUT. He enjoys discussing popular culture, trending subjects, LGBTQ concerns, design and also all points drag. His favored celeb accounts consist of Cher-- that claimed their meeting was just one of one of the most fascinating of her job-- in addition to Kylie Minogue, Candice Bergen, Patti Smith as well as RuPaul. He is based in New york city City and also his preferred movie is "Pretty Lady."