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'Rhoda' actress Valerie Harper has terminal brain cancer
UPI ^ | March. 6, 2013

Posted on 03/06/2013 7:20:39 AM PST by ConservativeStatement

LOS ANGELES, March 6 (UPI) -- U.S. television icon Valerie Harper told People magazine she has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and likely has no more than three months to live.

Harper, 73, is best known for her portrayal of Rhoda Morgenstern on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and its spin-off, "Rhoda." She also headlined the sitcom "Valerie."

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TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: cancer; harper; hollywood; rhoda

1 posted on 03/06/2013 7:20:43 AM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

Poor girl. She is a big part of my memory growing up, as I’m sure she is for a lot of 60’s and 70’s FReepers. She is a raving liberal, but kept it largely to herself as far as I’m aware.


2 posted on 03/06/2013 7:24:26 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude
I'm unaware of her politics but considering it is Hollywood, being left or far left is not surprising. I came across an episode of MTM a few nights ago on MeTV and she was a central figure in the episode.
3 posted on 03/06/2013 7:27:01 AM PST by ConservativeStatement (Obama is the "Disco Duck" president. A no-substance novelty that reached number one.)
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To: fwdude

There was a lot of scuttlebutt going around awhile back that she was a total b!tch in real life. Terribly difficult to work with and treated the people around her like sh!t.

Don’t know if that was accurate or not.


4 posted on 03/06/2013 7:30:44 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: ConservativeStatement
Bonnie Franklin, now Valerie Harper...it's always in threes.....

The 2013 "dead pools" may have a lot of long shot winners..

5 posted on 03/06/2013 7:36:16 AM PST by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Wow, that is really sad. I always enjoyed her on television.


6 posted on 03/06/2013 7:37:02 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: ConservativeStatement

Sorry to hear this.


7 posted on 03/06/2013 7:43:15 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Really sorry to hear this. I was a big fan of the Mary Tyler Moore show and I loved the Rhoda character. I never understood why she couldn’t find a man...I always thought she was kinda hot.


8 posted on 03/06/2013 7:52:29 AM PST by pgkdan ( "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." ~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: ConservativeStatement
I'm unaware of her politics but considering it is Hollywood, being left or far left is not surprising.

I can remember her in the earliest "positive" "gay" theme episode probably in t.v. history on MTM. I was completely oblivious as a child (thankfully) but in recent years, I became aware of this and was appalled. Phyllis's brother, a concert pianist, started hanging out with Rhoda, to Phyllis's horror, until Phyllis learns from Rhoda that her brother is "gay." Pretty bold and racy for the early 70's (homosexuality hadn't yet even been "declassified" as a mental disorder at that time.)

9 posted on 03/06/2013 7:54:54 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: pgkdan
I thought Nancy Walker's character was funny, Rhoda's mom.
10 posted on 03/06/2013 7:55:12 AM PST by ConservativeStatement (Obama is the "Disco Duck" president. A no-substance novelty that reached number one.)
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To: traderrob6

I enjoyed her in the various comedy programs.

I do recall that ‘Valerie’ become ‘Valerie’s Family’ and later ‘The Hogan Family’. At the time, the rumors were that she was dropped due to her demands for a higher salary.

Side note: One of the funniest episodes ever on broadcast TV was the Hogan Family episode, ‘Baby Mark’, with Sandy Duncan. [HOGAN FAMILY: Ep. 58, S4: “Save Baby Mark”]


11 posted on 03/06/2013 7:55:56 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: ConservativeStatement

LOL! I wanted to comment about her too but I couldn’t remember her name! She was great. Too bad hollyweird has lost the ability to make television like that!


12 posted on 03/06/2013 7:58:06 AM PST by pgkdan ( "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." ~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: ConservativeStatement
She also headlined the sitcom "Valerie."

She out-"Shelly Longed" even Shelly Long herself.

I recall that she was the lead on that hit sitcom, but had salary disputes and went on strike.

The show came of hiatus as "Valerie's Family" after the producers killed her character off. The show bombed after that, but you never saw Valerie Harper as a series lead again.
13 posted on 03/06/2013 7:58:08 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: fwdude

I remember the night of that episode...after I asked my mother what “gay” meant...happy, right? Yes, go brush your teeth.


14 posted on 03/06/2013 7:59:10 AM PST by Miss Didi ("After all...tomorrow is another day." Scarlett O'Hara, Gone with the Wind)
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To: SJSAMPLE
The show came of hiatus as "Valerie's Family" after the producers killed her character off. The show bombed after that, but you never saw Valerie Harper as a series lead again.

It wasn't an immediate bomb though...it lsated a couple of seasons with Sandy Duncan.

15 posted on 03/06/2013 7:59:33 AM PST by pgkdan ( "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." ~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: ConservativeStatement

That makes me sad. Harper sure gave many of us hours of great comedy over a period of years. May she and her family find comfort as she goes through this trial. God bless.


16 posted on 03/06/2013 8:01:51 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: fwdude

wow. I can’t even remember the word “gay” having been appropriated by homosexuals as early as the early 70.


17 posted on 03/06/2013 8:05:33 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: ConservativeStatement

Sad. I liked that show. I watched it for Julie Kavner, who played Rhoda’s younger sister. Now she’s doing the voice of Marge Simpson.


18 posted on 03/06/2013 8:06:27 AM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: traderrob6

I know she walked off her show “Valerie” and the studio fired her which pretty much says something being that it was her show. That would be like the studio firing Mary Tyler Moore from the Mary Tyler Moore show or Dick Van Dyke from the Dick Van Dyke show, that just doesn’t happen.


19 posted on 03/06/2013 8:17:04 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: ConservativeStatement
Not a bad looking girl in her day...


20 posted on 03/06/2013 8:18:17 AM PST by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I went to the source article. Ms. Harper does not elaborate the type of cancer she has. I wanted to learn the type, as the horror of brain cancer affected my family. My mom died of a glioblastoma multiforme 30 plus years ago. Her illness was horrific. Whatever Harper’s politics, beliefs, or business shortcomings, only prayer and sympathy can be extended when faced w/this hideous form of cancer. It’s an awful way to die.


21 posted on 03/06/2013 8:20:08 AM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (Mourning in America.)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

I am with you there. I had an uncle die of something similar. Praying the Good Lord will spare her suffering.


22 posted on 03/06/2013 8:26:10 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: PLMerite

When I was in HS I was in Drama Club: school musicals. We had a teacher who used Julie Kavner as a “career” actress, as she was a “character” performer. Different “look,” voice, etc. This many years later, Kavner is taking it to the bank still for her voice/timing on The Simpsons.

Well done!


23 posted on 03/06/2013 8:27:00 AM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (Mourning in America.)
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To: ken5050

Maybe Nancy Pelosi will be next. Doh I shouldn’t say that, oh wait, yes I should. It won’t happen though. Luck like that just doesn’t exist. Plus liquor stores would sell out their champagne supply for the next year and there be none left for New years.


24 posted on 03/06/2013 8:27:06 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: EDINVA

<wow. I can’t even remember the word “gay” having been appropriated by homosexuals as early as the early 70.

There is a scene in a movie, I forget if it is ‘Philadelphia Story’ or ‘Bringing up Baby,’ with Cary Grant answering the front door in a frilly ladies’ bathroom. The person at the door comments and Grant says, “I went gay all of a sudden.” If it was in ‘Bringing up Baby’ that would be 1938.

Perhaps it wasn’t in common use, but put a man in a frilly bathrobe and I think most people would get what he meant, whether ‘gay’ was in common use or not. I remember seeing that scene and being quite surprised that gayness would even be referred to back then.


25 posted on 03/06/2013 8:27:28 AM PST by radiohead
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To: EDINVA

I never use that word to describe homosexuals. My sister is named Gay, and was born in 1949 when it meant happy, which it still does of course. When someone at our house says anything about someone being “gay”, my husband always responds with, “What’s wrong with being gay? I’m gay. I’m one of the happiest people you will ever meet!” We’re on a personal crusade to have that word stop being used as a term for sexual perversion.


26 posted on 03/06/2013 8:40:59 AM PST by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: ken5050
The 2013 "dead pools" may have a lot of long shot winners..

I would love to see people who die in 2013...RINOS and Marxists (but I'd have to wait til 2014)

27 posted on 03/06/2013 9:07:19 AM PST by ExCTCitizen (More Republicans stayed home then the margin of victory of O's Win...)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
Maybe Nancy Pelosi will be next

We can only hope...She would be at a table with Hugo and other people like Stalin, Lenin, Pol Pot and Harry Reid (Yes, he is dead... he doesn't know it yet)

28 posted on 03/06/2013 9:11:33 AM PST by ExCTCitizen (More Republicans stayed home then the margin of victory of O's Win...)
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To: ScottinVA

Yes, she was pretty. I remember an episode of “Rhoda” where Rhoda’s younger sister wants to get plastic surgery and tells Rhoda, “I’m not like you. You have a pretty face.” And Rhoda responds, “Well, not many of the boys in high school were face men.”

Very sad she has to go through this. I wonder what it’s like to know that you’ve only got three months left? Prayers for her and her family.


29 posted on 03/06/2013 9:24:35 AM PST by Nea Wood (When life gets too hard to stand, kneel.)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

Sorry to hear that about your mom. My father died of glioblastoma multiforme about 2 years ago and you are right, it is an absolutely evil cancer (i.e. no hope, no cure. Even radiation is worthless).

Even though she is a lib, I feel bad for her and her family. They will go through hell. I would only wish this cancer on the very worst of my enemies.


30 posted on 03/06/2013 9:30:57 AM PST by ohioman
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To: Nea Wood
Actually, three months is not a bad timeline..plenty of time to get all your affairs in order, say all your goodbyes..maybe there's one or two things on your bucket list you can still squeeze in...yet it's not a long, lingering death...she'll be on heavy meds...no pain..and up until the last week or so, it'll be bearable..

I think it's preferable to dying suddenly, like in a car accident..no time for any goodbyes, closure..

31 posted on 03/06/2013 11:08:32 AM PST by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: radiohead

There were unquestionably subtle homo references and allusions back then, especially in the pre-code (pre-1934) films, before the Hays code. However, I don’t think that was the case with the example you cited, as “gay” would have been meant in the wacky/balmy sense... a guy in a woman’s bathrobe being akin more to waking up after a night’s wild-party, drunken silliness like someone wearing a lampshade for a hat.

A woman’s bathrobe as a humor device (like the time in the “Blondie” comic-strip in which the doorbell rings and Dagwood jumps from the bathtub and into Blondie’s bathrobe to answer the door... prompting the salesman to say “what a homely dame”) pops up every now and then, and generally wasn’t a ‘gay’ gag.


32 posted on 03/06/2013 11:40:14 AM PST by greene66
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To: ken5050

Hey she’s not dead yet.


33 posted on 03/06/2013 11:53:54 AM PST by xp38
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To: ConservativeStatement

Prayers for her health.


34 posted on 03/06/2013 12:50:52 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: radiohead; EDINVA; greene66
The movie was Bringing Up Baby.

In the context of the scene, it would seem that when the Cary Grant character said, "Because I just went gay all of a sudden!" it would seem not to mean “gay” as in “happy or carefree” but in the other sense as it was in answer to why he was wearing a frilly woman’s robe, but it could be taken that way as well. But then it would have made more sense to say “I was just feeling gay all of a sudden”.

Bringing Up Baby - "Gay All of a Sudden"

The word gay was long meant to mean "joyful", "carefree" or "bright and showy" but it did have a more negative usage going back to the late 1600’s to mean uninhibited or without moral constraints, loose or promiscuous and could apply to either men or women, presumably straight. The use of the word gay to mean homosexual, goes back to the late 19th century or at least the 1920’s but wasn’t in much regular usage in that way and was more often still associated with the earlier meanings of being happy and carefree until the 1960’s.

I grew up in the 1960-70’s and even as a kid, I knew that in a certain contexts, “gay” meant homosexual or as my father used to refer to them; “light in the loafers”, “poofers” or “Nancy Boys”, even if back then I didn’t completely understand all of what that meant, I did understand it to mean a man who was effeminate and preferred the company of other men. I also knew that when the Flintstone’s theme song said “We’ll have a gay old time” they didn’t mean that Fred was hooking up with Barney and Wilma with Betty.

35 posted on 03/06/2013 3:04:55 PM PST by MD Expat in PA
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To: MD Expat in PA

Interesting that there’s such a long history of the word. I really don’t think I ever heard it used ‘that way’ until late 70s as the homosexual lobby was gathering steam. (around the same time abortions became ‘choices’)


36 posted on 03/06/2013 3:10:07 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: EDINVA
Interesting that there’s such a long history of the word. I really don’t think I ever heard it used ‘that way’ until late 70s as the homosexual lobby was gathering steam. (around the same time abortions became ‘choices’)

Yea, I know what you mean. That was around the same time that “patriotic” came to mean “war monger”, “capitalist” came to mean “evil oppressor of the working classes”, “wealthy” or “successful business person” came to mean someone who “doesn’t pay their fair share” and “white” or “Caucasian” came to mean “racist”.

I think gay to mean homosexual probably really didn’t come into popular or widespread usage until the late 70’s, the disco era, but had been used prior to that, particularly in some circles more as a code word as it was considered less pejorative than other terms.

37 posted on 03/06/2013 3:28:31 PM PST by MD Expat in PA
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To: MD Expat in PA

*My* social circles never bothered themselves much with concern about pejoratives.


38 posted on 03/06/2013 3:34:47 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: PennsylvaniaMom; ohioman

She dies not have GBM, which took the life of my brother last week.
She has, “leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare disorder in which cancer cells metastasize into the fluid-filled membrane enveloping the brain.”


39 posted on 03/07/2013 4:06:53 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

First...my sympathies to you and your family on the loss of your brother. May he rest in eternal peace....GBM is awful.

And thank you for clarifying Harper’s condition.

G-d bless!


40 posted on 03/07/2013 4:54:46 AM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (Mourning in America.)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

Thank you


41 posted on 03/07/2013 5:01:02 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: MD Expat in PA

Yes, it is really too bad about “gay”. Song writers loved it because it rhymed so well with so many words...day, may, say, way etc... Our high school choir director wanted to include a patriotic segment in a recent school program which included the song “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”. At first she wanted to change the “We’ll all feel gay” line to “We’ll all be glad” but at the last minute she changed it back.

As another poster has said, I also refuse to call homosexuals “gay”.


42 posted on 03/07/2013 5:13:39 AM PST by Drawsing (The fool shows his annoyance at once. The prudent man overlooks an insult. (Proverbs 12:16))
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To: PLMerite
What I also remember about that show was there seemed to be one person in the audience (maybe it was a laugh track) that had a noticeable laugh which lasted longer than the usual reaction.
43 posted on 03/07/2013 6:57:01 AM PST by ConservativeStatement (Obama is the "Disco Duck" president. A no-substance novelty that reached number one.)
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To: ken5050

I think it’s preferable to dying suddenly, like in a car accident..no time for any goodbyes, closure..

...I don’t know...I’ve got atherosclerosis, and will likely develop a terminal cardiac issue somewhere along the line...I’d rather go with a heart attack than with a long lingering illness, like both my parents...my mother died of ovarian cancer, and when it started going bad, in the last two months, it went real bad...
...car accidents are another type of animal altogether, and makes no distiction between young and healthy and old and infirm...they are tragedies, pure and simple...


44 posted on 03/07/2013 11:02:21 AM PST by IrishBrigade
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