Valerie Harper Dies at 80: Remembering 10 of Her Best Rhoda Quotes


But no matter what she was doing on stage or on screen, throughout her career, Valerie was a beloved talent, and her presence and impact on the entertainment industry will surely be missed.

Back in January 2013, Valerie was told by doctors that she only had three months to live after cancer cells spread to the membrane surrounding her brain, but her cancer was near remission eight months later.

She ultimately rose to stardom as the character of Rhoda, the wise-cracking neighbor and friend, on the iconic TV sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", earning a Golden Globe and four Emmys for that role. The actress kept an incredible attitude and remained positive about her diagnosis until the very end. Valerie was rushed to York Hospital, and while the theater and the show's director both stated she would get better soon, one insider felt it was more serious than that. But Harper's own ethnicity - neither Jewish nor Italian - was summed up in a New York Times profile as "an exotic mixture of Spanish-English-Scotch-Irish-Welsh-French-Canadian".

In 1970, Harper got her big break with a supporting role on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show".

She is survived by her husband and her daughter.

It was exactly the sort of thing Rhoda would say to "Mar", as Harper recalled in her 2013 memoir, "I, Rhoda".

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Despite their professional opinion, Cacciotti said he was not willing to listen to them because of how much he adored Harper and vowed to do what he deemed best for his wife. "Like Mary Tyler Moore she could turn the world on with her smile".

Valerie Harper walks the runway at the The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City on February 11, 2010.

Last month, Harper's husband Tony Cacciotti wrote last month that he decided not to place Harper in hospice care despite doctors' recommendations. She left the show after two seasons over a pay dispute; it went on for a while as "Valerie's Family" and then, with Sandy Duncan in the lead, "The Hogan Family". Thinking of her devoted family, friends, and many fans.

Harper appeared on Broadway and in feature films including "Freebie and the Bean" and "Chapter Two". Harper's breach-of-contract lawsuit against NBC was dismissed but she did win $1.8 million from the Lorimar production company.

The longtime friends, onscreen and off, appeared in an episode of Hot in Cleveland together in 2013, which also marked an MTM reunion with Betty White, who played man-eater Sue Ann Nivens back in the day.

"You don't want to be my sidekick all your life", Harper recalled her saying.