Valerie Harper Denies Report That She Is Cancer-Free

Valerie Harper Denies Report That She
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In response to a story in Closer Weekly that quotes Valerie Harper as having declared that she is “absolutely cancer-free,” the Emmy winner has come out to say that the quote is unfortunately “erroneous.”

“In response to a recent erroneous quote concerning my health, I am not ‘absolutely cancer-free,’” a statement from Harper issued via the Hallmark Channel reads. “I wish I were. Right now what I am is cautiously optimistic about my present condition, and I have hope for the future.”

Harper, who rose to fame as Rhoda in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and starred as the character in the spinoff “Rhoda,” is currently promoting her appearance in Hallmark Channel series “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.”

Harper was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009 and subsequently developed brain cancer. In January 2013, she was told she only had three months to live. However, she told Variety in November that she was continuing to show improvement.

“I got a very excellent brain scan report on Oct. 13 that showed that I was continuing to show improvement. God knows why. I was supposed to be dead in March,” Harper quipped.

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  1. That’s a stupid and cruel comment.

  2. Linea says:

    I was fortunate to have met Ms. Harper in the 70’s. I was rooming with her sister in Seattle when she came & spent a week with us. I found her to be a marvelous, friendly, loving, funny, & outgoing. We three women had such a wonderful time together! When I heard about her cancer having spread to her brain, I was devastated for her. I send out thoughts to the Universe to help with her healing & it looks like something is working! She’s outlived their prediction by over a year. You go, Momma!!!

  3. Prayers for your continued progress and recovery. The Bible tells us that we do not know the man’s allotted time on earth. I am hoping your time is long and happy

  4. Hazel says:

    She hasn’t “BEATEN” anything, she is “BATTLING” cancer!

  5. Susan says:

    I pray that she is only denying this “just to be sure” & that she is truly going to be fine.

  6. Judith Rubin says:

    Well,I may not write for Variety,but I was alive in the 70s. You sure are a shallow person.

  7. Tally Haugen says:

    I agree God Bless Valerie! Im a 4X cancer Survivor and she has been an inspiration in her GUTS and GRABBING A HOLD out of every day! She’s a Fantastic Ladyt!

  8. Yikes! What a lame error/typo. They need to fix that pronto.

  9. God Bless, Ms Harper. I am a twice-survivor of cancers, and I cheer all who stand against cancer by living the best lives they can. Brava!

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