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Mary Tyler Moore Star Valerie Harper Reveals Terminal Cancer Diagnosis

Valerie Harper has just months left to live. The actress, who is perhaps best known for playing Rhoda on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, has revealed to People magazine she was diagnosed last month with a rare type of terminal brain cancer.

“I was stunned,” she says of receiving the devastating news in mid January. “And in the next minute I thought, ‘This could draw more attention to cancer research.’ I think there’s an opportunity to help people.”

Harper, 73, is suffering from leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, or cancer in the fluid-filled membrane that surrounds the brain. “This is a really complicated condition. The spinal fluid is a collection of fluid that’s being circulated [through the brain] kind of like a sink. The fluid itself is growing cancer cells so they are multiplying in there. Those cells start to coat the brain,” explains Harper’s neuro-oncologist, Dr. Jeremy Rudnick.

The condition is very difficult to treat and doctors estimate Harper has as little as 3 months left to live. She is undergoing chemotherapy to slow down the disease. “I don’t think of dying,” Harper tells People. “I think of being here now.”

According to Dr. Rudnick, early symptoms of leptomeningeal carcinomatosis include blurry vision, severe headaches, seizures and “a belt-like sensation” in the lower torso. Harper, who battled lung cancer in 2009, experienced that sensation last August, but tests yielded no clues to her condition. She was diagnosed on January 15 when numbness in her jaw lead to a spinal tap.

Harper appeared in 90 episodes of Mary Tyler Moore from 1970 to 1979 and starred on the spinoff Rhoda from 1974 to 1978. She later starred on one season of Valerie, which was later known as The Hogan Family. Harper starred in numerous TV movies and made appearances on TV shows like Touched by an Angel, Melrose Place, Sex and the City, That 70s Show, Less Than Perfect, Desperate Housewives, Drop Dead Diva, and most recently The Simpsons.


Heather Locklear Rushed To Hospital By Ambulance

Former Melrose Place actress Heather Locklear remains hospitalized following a 911 call and trip to the hospital by ambulance. According to reports, paramedics arrived at Locklear’s home Thursday shortly after a 911 call was placed from the residence. Lockear, 50, was taken to the Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California.

Locklear’s hospitalization has been confirmed by authorities, but the nature of her emergency was not disclosed. “Emergency response personnel responded to a medical emergency call at Ms. Locklear’s residence. Once they arrived, it was determined that Ms. Locklear needed to be transported to the hospital for further medical attention,” Ventura County Sheriff’s Captain Mike Aranda said.

Multiple media reports suggest Locklear mixed prescription medication and alcohol. Her rep has not commented on the reports.

Locklear, who has a 14-year-old daughter with ex-husband Richie Sambora, most recently made headlines for calling off her engagement to actor Jack Wagner.

Jack Wagner: ‘Finding Long-Lost Daughter is a Miracle’

Jack Wagner says he is still pinching himself after reuniting with his long-lost daughter, Kerry.

The former Melrose Place regular, 52, met 23-year-old Kerry for the first time at a November 4 concert in Boca Raton, Florida, where Wagner was performing with veteran singer Rick Springfield.

Recalling the night’s events in People magazine, Wagner reveals a security guard had knocked on his dressing room door to inform him that a woman clutching an old photograph of the U.S. TV star and her birth mum had been asking desperately to see him.

He recounts, “In rushes this girl, hysterically crying. She said, ‘You don’t know who I am, do you?’ We held each other, and I knew immediately that she was my daughter.”

The actor reveals he was with the child’s mother in the late 1980s, “and nine months later I got a call from her saying, ‘I just had a baby girl, you’re the father and she’s been put up for adoption.'”

The stunned star sought legal advice and tried desperately to find the baby – but to no avail.
He says, “I was blindsided. I got hold of an attorney to see what I could do. I didn’t even know if it was true. I was powerless.”

But Wagner is overjoyed to have reconnected with Kerry, a dance teacher who was raised in New York, branding it “a miracle”.

He adds, “She had no idea who I was. She Googled me and checked out some episodes of Melrose Place… The courage this girl has to come to my dressing room with a photo – it’s amazing. This really is all about love.”