Valerie Harper, Emmy Winner and Tony Nominee, Dies at 80

Valerie Harper TV’s Rhoda has died at 80	 	 	 			Actress Valerie Harper in New York in April 2014

Two seasons in to the sitcom "Valerie" (in which she played a mom to three sons, with a pilot husband who was often out of town), Harper played hardball in a contract dispute, confident of her position in a show with her name on it. Harper died at 80, after years of cancer-related health issues.

Harper was a breakout star on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", then the lead of her own series, "Rhoda".

Valerie Harper will remain in the hearts of so many, in the iconic television characters she portrayed, and in the laughter and joy she brought to those close to her and to audiences across the country.

Actress Valerie Harper arrives to AARP The Magazine's 14th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 2, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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. "I'd say, 'Hello, I'm Valerie Harper and I'm overweight.' I'd say it quickly before they could".

Friends and fans paid tribute to Harper on social media.

Her husband of 32 years, Tony Cacciotti, wrote on her Facebook page last month that he would not put her in hospice care. Harper writes that "Rhoda's gypsy-woman look became an intrinsic part of her quirky character", even though Harper herself "had never in my life worn a head scarf".

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She has previously beaten lung cancer.

But as "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" evolved, so did Rhoda. The episode featuring Rhoda's wedding to Joe (David Groh) in 1977 was one of television's highest rated series earning 52 million viewers. She most recently voiced a character in American Dad! this year.

After marrying improv performer Dick Schaal in 1965, Harper toured with The Second City improv troupe, which included Schaal and Linda Lavin, who would later star in the sitcom "Alice". Later in her career, she returned back to Broadway.

Harper first achieved success as a dancer on the stage before TV beckoned, appearing in the Broadway productions of Take Me Along, Wildcat (with Lucille Ball), Subways Are for Sleeping, Something Different, and Paul Sills' Story Theatre.

Deanna Buskey, a friend of the family for more than 20 years, confirmed Harper's death and said the family was not "providing details at this time".

During the 1990s, Harper starred in a pair of short-lived sitcoms (one of which, "City", was created by future Oscar-winner Paul Haggis) and made guest appearances on series including "Melrose Place", "Sex and the City" and "Desperate Housewives".

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